TERRE HAUTE — TH native Gutish places at X Games
Tribune-Star staff report
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Gutish, a junior at Terre Haute North High School, placed fifth in the women’s endurocross main event as part of the Global X Games, which were televised live by ESPN on Thursday night from the city of Foz do Iguaeu in Brazil, South America.
Riding a Yamaha YZ 250S Gutish got as high as second in the competition before settling for fifth.
Gutish plans to compete in the women’s endurocross events at the next Global X Games stops in Barcelona (May 18) and Munich (June 29).
* Sycamores lose two — At Normal, Ill., Illinois State dealt visiting Indiana State a pair of Missouri Valley Conference losses Saturday, 4-2 in the first game and 9-1 in the nightcap.
The Sycamores had a two-out rally in the fourth inning of the first game to take a 2-0 lead on walks to Mike Fitzgerald and Jordan Pearson, an error, a failed fielder’s choice attempt and an RBI single by Landon Curry.
But after Sean Manaea had fanned eight batters in the first five innings, the host Redbirds got all their runs in the sixth, the big blow a three-run homer by Eric Aguilera.
Indiana State stranded 13 runners for the game, with Curry getting three hits and Robby Ort two.
Koby Kraemer had an RBI single in the first inning of the second game, but the Redbirds took advantage of wildness by Indiana State starter Devin Moore, then put the game away with a five-run seventh inning.
Curry was 2 for 5 with a double, Kraemer was 2 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Ort had a hit for the ninth straight game.
Indiana State is now 17-16, 7-7 in the MVC, and has lost nine consecutive series in Normal since 1993. The final game of the series is 2 p.m. today.
* Engineers split — Host Rose-Hulman split a doubleheader with ninth-ranked Manchester on Saturday at Art Nehf Field, winning 6-3 behind freshman pitcher Karson Nixon before losing 10-1 in the second game.
Nixon scattered 10 hits through eight innings and Michael Bush got the save, retiring preseason All-American Corey Marchant with a bases-loaded double play to end the game.
Ben Menich held the visitors scoreless through four innings of the second game, but the Spartans put the game away with six runs in the fifth.
Rose is now 12-16 overall, 9-6 and in third place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Manchester is 24-5-1 and 14-3. The teams complete their series at noon today.
* Swift wins twice — At Columbus, Ohio, Greggmar Swift was part of two winning events for Indiana State’s men on Saturday at the Jesse Owens Classic, winning the 110-meter hurdles and running a leg on a winning 4x100 relay team.
Swift’s hurdles time was 14.03 seconds. He then teamed with Keith Housley, Justin Baxtron and Shaun Smith for a 41.06 clocking in the relay.
Other top-three finishes Saturday were by Nicole Hope, who had a career-best 13-91⁄4 to place third in women’s pole vault, nearly becoming only the second Sycamore woman to clear 14 feet; Stacia Weatherford, third in women’s 100-meter hurdles in 14.18; the women’s 4x400 team of Shelby Higginbottom, Weatherford, Leeann Michl and Macey Black, second in 3:47.45; and the men’s 4x400 team of Arqeil Shaw, Max Tuttle, Michael Steele and Kevin Piraino, third in 3:17.57.
Taylor Head of ISU was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday in a career-best time of 9:11.17.
* Twilight Invitational — At Cook Stadium, Rose-Hulman recorded seven first-place finishes and one school record at the Fightin’ Engineer Twilight Invitational on Friday night.
The effort helped the Rose men win the overall team scoring in the 11-team meet. The women’s team came home with a fifth-place overall finish.
Men’s winners were Trey Cahill in the hammer throw (181-feet-11 inches), Andrew Daw in the javelin (158-7), Travis Stallings in the 400-meter hurdles (54.55 seconds) and Tyler Hannan in the 400-meter dash (50.37). The men’s 4-x-400 relay team of Tyler Duffy, Stallings, Jake Kelley and Hannan added a victory in the final race of the night.
On the women’s side, Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery set a school record to win the 3,000 in a time of 10:36.80. Liz Evans also captured top honors in the high jump (5-5 3/4).
* Rose-Hulman 6, Anderson 3 — At Anderson, the visiting Engineer men won Saturday for the sixth time in their last seven matches.
* Action postponed — At Rossburg, Ohio, cold weather and wintry-mix precipitation forced postponement of U.S. Auto Club sprint racing slated for Saturday at Eldora Speedway.
Sprint races are slated for Friday at Gas City and Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville. The first Silver Crown race of the season is set for April 28 at Terre Haute.