TERRE HAUTE —
Backed by some outstanding individual performances and a balanced team effort, Indiana State retained the Coughlan-Malloy Cup for the seventh straight year with a 186-107 victory over Illinois State in a dual meet Saturday inside the Rose-Hulman Sport and Recreation Center.
The Indiana State men won for the seventh straight year with a 98-46 victory, while the Sycamore women rebounded from their only loss in the nine-year history of the series, which they suffered a year ago, to defeat the Redbirds 88-61.
“We had a lot of good performances and a balanced team effort,” ISU women’s coach Angela Martin said. “Illinois State has a very good team, but each of our ladies gave her best effort today and we picked up the win. I am looking forward to next week and see us continue working hard.”
Indiana State men’s coach John McNichols also said it was a balanced team effort that lifted the Sycamores to the win.
“We had a very balanced team effort today,” he said. “We did see a few things that we need to work on this next week but I was pretty pleased with the effort today.”
The Indiana State women won nine of the 14 events in overcoming an early deficit and pulling away in the final events.
The Sycamore men had an even more dominating performance as they won 13 of the 14 events on their way to their eight win in the nine-meet Coughlan-Malloy Cup series.
Among the highlights:
• Katie Wise ran the second-fastest 60-meter dash in school history as she won the event with a personal-best time of 7.46 seconds. Wise also broke the Rose Sports and Recreation Center record of 7.70 set by Jeanne Middleton of Indiana State in 2009 and the “Cup” record of 7.53 by Illinois State’s Yomeaqua Brents in 2009.
• Leeann Michl dominated the 800 as she ran to a five-second victory with a time of 2:10.34 which is her best time of the season and should keep her in the top 10 of the nation. Shelby Higginbotham was third in 2:16.13.
• The Sycamore women swept the top four spots in the 60 hurdle finals led by the winning effort of Stacia Weatherford in 8.71. The time broke the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center record of 8.77 set by Illinois Wesleyan’s Amanda LaRocca in 2009 and also broke Weatherford’s own “Cup” record of 8.80 set last year.
• Felisha Johnson won the shot put with a heave of 55 feet, 111⁄2 inches and placed second in weight throw with a toss of 67-51⁄4. Johnson’s winning throw in the shot put was a Rose Sports and Recreation Center record, breaking the mark set last year by Illinois State’s Brittany Smith at 16.45 meters. It also broke the “Cup” record, which was also held by Smith.
• ISU’s Ioanna Koltsidou won the high jump by clearing 5-41⁄2 with Katie Bekavac second (5-3 1/4). The Sycamores dominated the pole vault as they took the top four spots. Kimyanna Rudolph cleared 12-61⁄4 to win the event.
• Carmelia Stewart was a winner in the long jump with a leap of 18-8. Shalesa Smith took the triple jump with a distance of 39-3 with Stewart placing second (37-11 1/2).
• The 4x400 relay team of Macey Black, Weatherford, Michl and Higginbottom ran to victory with a time of 3:49.14.
• Justin Baxtron was one of two double winners on the day as he won both the 60 and 200 races. Baxtron edged out teammate Devin Price and Illinois State’s Benjamin Sparkman to win the 60 dash as Baxtron was clocked in 7.00.
• The Sycamores also dominated the 60 hurdles with Greggmar Swift running out to the win in 7.78, which is a season best and should keep him the top five of the national rankings. The time also broke the Rose Sports and Recreation Center record of 8.12 set by Rose-Hulman’s Sutton Coleman in 2012 and Swift’s own “Cup” record he set a year ago at 7.80.
• Arqeil Shaw ran away with the victory in the 400 with a time of 50.33 with Kevin Piraino a close second in 50.63.
• Indiana State also posted the top three spots in the men’s mile with Dustin Betz winning in 4:17.57, Corey Hahn second in 4:19.82 and Taylor Head third in 4:20.64. The sweeping Sycamores had the top three spots in the 3,000 with John Mascari running away with the victory in 8:26.29 and Gabe Ocasio (8:41.54) edging out teammate Tristan Selby (8:41.57) for second.
• Chris Fields was the other double winner for Indiana State as he won the shot put with a throw of 53-9 and also posted a win in the weight throw with a distance of 62-21⁄4.
• Robert Webb was the winner in the high jump as he cleared 6-63⁄4 with Jamal Hampton taking second (6-2 1/4). Connor Curley cleared a personal best height of 15-7 to win the pole-vault competition.
• Kevin Piraino won the triple jump with a distance of 41-6.
• Max Tuttle, Kevin Piraino, Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Jackson combined to win the 4x400 relay in 3:20.54.
In other track action:
• Engineers fare well — Rose-Hulman earned 10 men’s and two women’s Division III victories to highlight the Terre Haute Double Dual at the Sports and Recreation Center on Friday.
In Division III action, Rose won the men’s competition with 126 points to top Washington University and Illinois Wesleyan.
In the Division III competition, senior Travis Stallings led the men’s individual performances with two individual and one relay victory. Stallings recorded a long-jump mark of 22 feet, 10 inches, which ranks second in school history and a 200-meter winning time of 22.94, which ranks fifth.
He was also on the winning 4-x-400 relay team that included sophomore Blake Schulthies, sophomore Jake Kelley and senior Tyler Hannan that finished in 3:28.19.
On the women’s side, senior Liz Evans won the high jump with the nation’s top Division III effort this season of 5-7.
Junior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery added a mile win in 5:27.18.
One school record also fell as senior Tanya Colonna earned runner-up honors with a pole-vault leap of 10-63⁄4.
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Friday Night Invitational next weekend in the Sports and Recreation Center.