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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