Senior Greggmar Swift won the 60 meter hurdles in a personal best time of 7.64 seconds to lead the Sycamores at the Indiana Relays.
“Today’s meet was a mixed bad with high and low points, highlighted by Greggmar’s race in the hurdles,” ISU men’s coach John McNichols said. “He ran a time, which at this time is a nation leader. I was very pleased with that, but was also pleased with our other hurdlers.”
Swift’s time ranks him number one in the nation in the 60 meter hurdles. He led a great race by the Sycamore hurdlers as they put four athletes in the top five overall. Senior Duane Brown was third in a time of 7.99 seconds, sophomore Adarius Washington was fourth in 8.04 seconds, and senior Maurice Lyke was fifth in 8.04 seconds.
“On the women’s side we had some great performances,” said McNichols. “Katie Wise ran a very strong race in the 60 meter dash against a very strong sprinter from Alabama. Mary Theisen performed very well in the shot put, placing second to Felisha Johnson, but was the first collegiate.”
Senior Mary Theisen heaved the shot put 56-feet-9 to place second overall to former Sycamore Felisha Johnson, who won with a throw 57-feet 6. Johnson also won the weight throw with a toss of 74 feet 2 inches. Theisen’s throw in the shot put puts her second in the nation.
Junior Carmelia Stewart started off the day with an eighth place finish in the Invitational Long Jump with a jump of 18 feet 5.25 inches. Sophomore Katie Wise started the track action for the Sycamores by qualifying for the 60 meter dash final with a time of 7.47 seconds, but fell just short in the final as she placed second overall in a time of 7.48 seconds. Remona Burchell of Alabama won the race in 7.33 seconds.
Senior Chris Fields continued his impressive season as he placed sixth in the weight throw with a throw of 64 feet 3.25 inches. His throw was just half an inch off of the throw that has him ranked 32nd nationally right now. He also placed eighth in the shot put at 59 feet 6 inches.
Sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph leaped her way into the national rankings after clearing 13 feet 3.5 inches to place fourth in the Invitational pole vault event. She currently ranks 25th in the nation. Junior Byron Ferrell cleared a season best 16 feet 10.75 inches to place second overall and is tied for 40th nationally.
“Ferrell’s vault of about 16 feet 11 inches puts us back in the vault game,” said McNichols. “That is just an outstanding effort and Rudolph also cleared a great height to get herself into the national rankings. They are both going to go higher yet and I’m happy for them and Coach Martin.”
Senior’s Kevin Piraino and Jonathan Jackson won their heats of the 400 meter dash, but Piriano ended up sixth in a time of 49.18 seconds and Jackson was tenth in 49.49 seconds. Freshman Alethia Marrero showcased her range after winning the 200 meter dash yesterday as she won her heat of the 800 meter run in 2:15.06 and ended up with the second fastest time of the day. Freshman David Timlin earned a personal best as he finished second in the 800 meter run in 1:51.77.
“It was the first 800 of David Timlin’s career and it was a very impressive race,” said McNichols. “That’s sixth all time for us and there a lot of great things ahead for David. He also anchored our 3,200 relay, which broke the school record.”
Senior Robert Webb competed at the Jack Jennett Invitational at the University of Northern Iowa. He earned a personal-best score of 5,354 points in the heptathlon finishing first overall. He won the high jump at 6 feet 8.75 inches and 60 meter hurdles at 8.27 seconds.
“Bobby had a great second day,” said ISU women’s coach Angie Martin. “He had a personal best in the hurdles, had a good pole vault, and was just off his 1,000 meter run best. Be set himself up well for the rest of the season.”
The relay teams wrapped up the meet on a high note as the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Gabe Ocasio, Brad Adams, Tony Rigoni, and Timlin placed second in a time of 7:40.53. The women’s 4 x 400 meter relay team Marrero, Higginbottom, Demetra Camble, and Bridget Murphy placed third in a time of 3:47.47. The men’s 4 x 400 team of Piraino, Jackson, Arqeil Shaw, and Max Tuttle placed second overall with a season’s best time of 3:14.41.
“We had a few injuries today,” said McNichols. “Taylor [Gilles] in the hurdles hurt her Achilles and we’ll have to see how she is doing. She has had a great year so far and I’d hate to see that derailed. Also, Kyle Nurse went off the track in the 800 and suffered when looked to be a serious Achilles injury.”
The Sycamores will split into two squads next weekend with half of the team heading to quadrangular meet with Air Force and the distance runners heading to the University of Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational.
Senior Greggmar Swift won the 60 meter hurdles in a personal best time of 7.64 seconds to lead the Sycamores at the Indiana Relays.
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Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.
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The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman
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But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.
Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola
Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.
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ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win
Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.
Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game
The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
No surprise, then, that Tevin Coleman, Shane Wynn and Tre Roberson guided the Cream to a resounding 24-14 win over the Crimson.
Rose-Hulman baseball gets wild doubleheader sweep
Host Rose-Hulman came back from an early six-run deficit in the first game Saturday and went on to a 13-12, 7-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball sweep over Mount St. Joseph.
The wild opener featured a Rose-Hulman comeback from an 8-2 deficit and included 18 hits and two school records for the Engineers.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball earns doubleheader sweep at Missouri State
Yvette Alvarez’s one-hit shutout capped a dominant day of pitching Saturday as Indiana State swept a Missouri Valley Conference softball doubleheader at Missouri State by scores of 6-1 and 4-0.
“We pitched well,” coach Shane Bouman said. “Both Taylor Lockwood in the first game and Yvette Alvarez in the second game threw great. When you pitch good and you play good defense and get some key hits, good things are going to happen.
ISU football set for first spring scrimmage
Thanks to a limited number of available offensive linemen — a group that will at least double in numbers in the fall with the addition of recruits and currently injured players — the Sycamores won’t have a full-scale scrimmage, but will still intersperse scrimmage plays (with officials) among other practice drills.
“We’re thin,” coach Mike Sanford admitted after practice Thursday. “The scrimmage will be part of practice — probably 30 or 40 plays altogether. We only have five to seven healthy offensive linemen, so we can’t go [in a scrimmage format] for long stretches of time.”
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ISU baseball falls to Vanderbilt 6-2
The seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores took control early to defeat the Indiana State Sycamores 6-2
ISU baseball sweeps doubleheader against Wichita State
Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs finally got what he’s been looking for from the Sycamores’ Friday and Saturday starters ... and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Wichita State is in town for a crucial series. With ISU 2-4 in the league, it was vital for the Sycamores to validate their better-than-expected form in nonconference play with MVC success in Saturday’s doubleheader at Bob Warn Field.
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Rose-Hulman had its nine-game winning streak snapped with two tightly contested losses at defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Manchester on Saturday.
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Prusator gives ISU a shooter for 2015
Grant Prusator, a native of Rochelle, Ill., has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Indiana State starting in the 2014-15 season. He will have three years of eligibility with the Sycamores as he played just one year for Highland Community College.
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Indiana State secondary could be mending into a strength
During Indiana State’s injury-ravaged 2013 season, there wasn’t a unit on either side of the ball that was spared from the carnage.
But if one had to be singled out as hardest hit in the injury department, it would be difficult to out-do the Sycamores’ secondary.
Every player that started in ISU’s season opener at Indiana not only missed at least one game last season, but the entire starting unit was out of action by the end of September.
Reed named Midseason National Player of the Year
Half of the college baseball season is done and one prominent college baseball publication thinks Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed is best player in the land.
Reed, a junior at Kentucky, was named the Midseason National Player of the Year by Perfect Game USA, a website devoted to college baseball.
Laramie to transfer from ISU women's basketball program
Indiana State forward Marina Laramie averaged 9.9 points and started all 32 games as a sophomore for the Sycamores.
But the 6-foot-2 women’s basketball player will continue her career elsewhere.
Metro sports: ISU blanks Austin Peay in 6-plus innings
Indiana State’s baseball team posted another mid-week victory Wednesday night as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout and lead a 3-0 victory over Austin Peay State at Bob Warn Field.
Chicago guard commits to ISU women's basketball
The Indiana State women’s basketball team picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago guard Kiera Brooks on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-7 junior for North Lawndale College Prep visited ISU’s campus for the first time, met the team and chose her college home. Brooks averaged 18.7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for coach Corey Morgan’s 15-11 squad.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball tops IU 7-5
The Indiana State softball team remained a perfect 13-0 when scoring in the first inning as it defeated Indiana (9-24-1) 7-5 Tuesday for its second consecutive victory over a Big Ten opponent.
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Indiana State junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors, according to an announcement from the league office Monday.
ISU baseball shows mental toughness in win over Illinois State
When the pressure’s on, there’s nothing a coach likes more than to see his team double down on their approach and grit out a positive result.
Going the distance: Redbirds ace Savas allows just five hits while shutting down Sycamores
Indiana State’s pitchers weren’t their best in Friday’s series opener against Illinois State, but it seemed the Sycamores might get away with it. Through seven innings, ISU had issued six walks, gave up six hits and hit a batter, but still trailed by just a run. But ISU’s luck with its generosity would give out in the eighth, and even if it hadn’t, Illinois State standout starter Dan Savas had the Sycamores’ bats in a deep freeze anyway. The Redbirds defeated the Sycamores 5-2 at Bob Warn Field.
Woods softball team wins 4th straight
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods softball team swept Grace College with a pair of wins in its home opener Wednesday.
Devoted brothers: Mahurins relish chance to team up and win NAIA title
It wasn’t a great year for NCAA basketball in the Hoosier state outside of Indiana State’s 23-victory season.
But a team in NAIA Division II with eight Indiana natives — and coached by former Valparaiso point guard Greg Tonagel, an Indiana All-Star for his hometown of LaPorte — brought home a national basketball championship.
Tonagel, the scrappy point guard who played alongside Bryce Drew for that magical Valpo team, created more March hoops memories with the help of Rockville brothers R.J. and Lane Mahurin.
‘A full night’: Leadoff hitter Curry leads 16-hit attack as Sycamores pound Hoosiers
Lead-off man Landon Curry had four of Indiana State’s 16 hits Wednesday afternoon, and cleanup hitter Mike Fitzgerald reached for the 17th straight game to lead the Sycamores to a 12-8 victory.
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