EUGENE, ORE. —
Indiana State junior Greggmar Swift will be among the top eight in the NCAA in the 110-meter hurdles after qualifying for Saturday’s finals on Thursday.
Swift ran a time of 13.51 seconds to take third in his heat. He’ll run in either lane 1 or lane 8 on Saturday.
“I got out pretty good and then I hurdled three or four when I got bumped and it threw me off my rhythm,” said Swift, a native of Barbados. “I tried to get back my rhythm … but I held on for the third place.”
Swift was fourth in the NCAA indoor meet in February. He’s hoping to put his best race together Saturday.
“I’m always going to go into a race thinking I’m going to win,” Swift said. “I was lane 8 indoors, got 4th there. That’ll make my task harder, but I’m still going into the finals thinking I can win. It’s a fresh flight of 10 hurdles. You get ready to go again. I’m ready.”
Senior Brandon Pounds concluded his ISU career by finishing 16th in the men’s hammer throw.
Pounds earned his second straight All-American recognition with a throw of 203-feet-3 but was not able to advance to the final round of throws. He finished fifth a year ago, and takes second-team All-America honors this year.
“Obviously a great career,” ISU coach John McNichols said. “Helped us win four conference championships. And left his mark on our record book. We’d have loved to have him on the podium again. This year was a huge jump in performance [from the field]. If he’d have thrown his very best, he could have slipped in to the finals.”
Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak claimed the NCAA title in the event with a distance of 227-3.
Senior Nicole Hope will compete in the women’s pole vault today with senior Felisha Johnson going in the women’s shot put on Saturday.
In other track news:
• Braves compete — Terre Haute South’s Jackson Bertoli, Logan Hambrock and Riley Stohler will compete today in the Indiana Runner Friday Night Special at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.
Bertoli, fourth in the state in the 3,200-meter run last weekend, will be in the 5,000-meter run, while Hambrock will compete in the 1,600 and Stohler in the 800.
Bertoli and Terre Haute North freshman Lindsay Welker have also qualified for the New Balance High School National Championships that begin June 14 at Greensboro, N.C. Bertoli will be in the 3,200, Welker the 800.
• Arop chosen — Indiana State senior-to-be Manny Arop is one of 16 student-athletes to be named to the Canadian Development Men’s National Training Camp roster.
The 16 student-athletes are led by coach Jay Triano, also an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. The team is practicing at the Bo Jackson Fitness Center located at Nike World Headquarters.
Joining Arop on the team are Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), Murphy Burnatowski (Colgate), Justin Edwards (Maine), Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), Oliver Hanlan (Boston College), Brady Heslip (Baylor), Owen Klassen (Carleton), Daniel Mullings (New Mexico State), Grant Mullins (Columbia), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Dwight Powell (Stanford), Laurent Rivard (Harvard), Philip Scrubb (Carleton), Thomas Scrubb (Carleton) and Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky).
• Hoosier Reunion Classic — Five recent Wabash Valley high school graduates compete today in the Hoosier Reunion Classic at Knightstown, with the girls game at 6 p.m. and the boys game at 8.
Rhagen Smith of Sullivan will play for the Hickory Husker girls while Nicole Anderson of Terre Haute North and Tasia Brewer of Terre Haute South are on the Terhune Tigers roster. In the boys game, Lane Mahurin and Gary Ulrich of Rockville will play for Terhune.
• Junior All-Stars in action — The Indiana Junior All-Stars will meet their Kentucky counterparts in two games this weekend, tonight at Greenfield-Central High School and Saturday at Louisville St. Xavier. Girls games at 5 p.m. begin the action both nights.
Indiana State recruit Bryant McIntosh of Greensburg is a member of the Indiana boys team.
The Indiana juniors play the senior All-Stars in a pair of games next week, including a 6 p.m. doubleheader Monday at Sullivan.
The other junior-senior competition is Wednesday at Tipton, while the Indiana-Kentucky senior series will be played at 5:30 p.m. June 14 at Freedom Hall and 5 p.m. June 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• South duo plays today — At Indianapolis, the Terre Haute South doubles team of Miranda Camp and Nicole Howe plays Courtney Clark and Olivia Erekson of Northridge at 10 a.m. today at Park Tudor in the individual high school tennis state finals.
A victory in this morning’s match would move the South team into a quarterfinal match against Park Tudor’s Hannah Klapper and Ali Lebovits this afternoon. Semifinal and championship matches are Saturday.
• Two aces — The Country Club of Terre Haute had holes-in-one on back-to-back days this week, with Bob Sanders accomplishing the feat on Monday and Connie Francis on Tuesday.
Sanders used a 4-hybrid on the 196-yard 13th hole, a shot witnessed by Tom Templeton, Phil Farmer and Tom Hosking.
Francis aced the 96-yard 16th hole with a 7-wood, with Emily Donohue her witness.