TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson and Maurice Lyke were both crowned Missouri Valley Conference champions on Saturday during the MVC Track and Field Championships at Drake University.
Several other Sycamores positioned themselves for possible championships as the meet moves into its final day today.
Johnson, an Indianapolis native, won her first MVC outdoor shot put championship. Her throw of 57 feet, 11 inches was the third-best throw in NCAA competition this season. Johnson’s previous best finish in the shot put was fifth. She was the 2011 and 2013 indoor national champion in the weight throw.
Lyke, a native of Country Club Hills, Ill., won his first MVC long jump championship. The junior had a leap of 7.46 meters to win the event in his final jump. His previous best jump during the six-jump competition had been 7.19 meters. Lyke finished ahead of Wichita State’s Austin Bahner, who jumped 7.29 meters.
Chris Fields (shot put) and Dustin Betz (steeplechase) were runners-up in their events. Fields finished second with a throw of 16.58 meters. He finished second to champion Josh Freeman of Southern Illinois.
Betz finished the 8,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 0.95 sceonds. He finished behind Wichita State’s Tomas Cotter, who became the fifth two-time winner of the event.
No other Sycamores won titles on Saturday, but several set themselves up for possible titles today with promising runs in preliminary races.
Hurdler Stacia Weatherford had the leading time in both the 100 and 400 hurdles. Weatherford ran the 100 hurdles in 13.55 seconds and the 400 in 59.70 seconds.
Leeann Michl turned in the leading time in the women’s 800 meter run. Michl notched a time of 2 minutes, 11.05 seconds. She was nearly a full second ahead of second-place runner Rachel Sudbury of Bradley.
Greggmar Swift turned in a time of 13.74 in the 110 hurdles. Lyke was third in the event with a time of 14.09.
ISU dominated the 400 hurdles prelims. Jonathan Jackson leads the way with a time of 52.34. Teammates Arqeil Shaw (52.63) and Max Tuttle (52.73) made it a 1-2-3 sweep for the Sycamores in the event.
In the men’s 200, Justin Baxton completed a 1-2 sweep for the Sycamores with a preliminary time of 21.51 seconds. Keith Housley was right behind in second at 21.57.
Several other Sycamores were second in their preliminaries. Katie Wise (11.68) and Demetra Gamble (11.68) finished second and third in the women’s 100. Wise was also second in the 200 with a time of 24.02.
Carmelia Stewart was third in the long jump as she leaped 5.99 meters, a career-best.
Team scores for the meet were not available at press time.
The MVC Championships conclude today at Drake Stadium. Champions will be crowned in 25 events between the men’s and women’s meets.