TERRE HAUTE —
It was a day for the relay teams to shine at the 104th Drake Relays Saturday as four of the five Indiana State relay teams that competed ran times that put the team among the top five in school history for their respective events.
Top individual results for Indiana State went to Greggmar Swift who was second in the 110-meter hurdle finals, Dustin Betz who was third in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, and Stacia Weatherford who was sixth in the women’s 400 meter hurdle finals.
The Indiana State women had three relays in competition Saturday with two running the second fastest time in school history for their respective event and the third recording the fourth fastest in school history.
Carmelia Stewart, Jalencia Lemons, Stacia Weatherford, and Jaleesa Holmes combined to finish fourth in the 4x100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay after running the second fastest time in Indiana State history at 57.94 in the preliminaries Saturday morning. The team advanced to the finals but was disqualified during the race. Stewart, Weatherford, Kelly Steffen and Sarah Snapp combined for the school record when they ran 57.21 a year ago.
Demetra Camble, Macey Black, Shelby Higginbottom, and Leeann Michl raced to a sixth place finish in the 1,600 sprint medley relay, an event that begins with two 200 meter legs, a 400-meter leg, and a final 800 meter leg. The Sycamore team was timed in 3:53.34 which is also the second best in Indiana State history. Jaquelle Spencer, Black, Kaci Smith, and Michl ran 3:51.19 to set the school mark a year ago.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Kaisha Martin, Macey Black, Camble, and Katie Wise ran a season best 46.02 in the preliminaries Friday which ranked seventh in the preliminaries. The team returned to the track Saturday afternoon and ran even faster, finishing in 45.59 seconds and seventh in the finals. The time in the finals is the fourth best in school history.
The Sycamore men’s 4x110 shuttle hurdle relay team of Duane Brown, Maurice Lyke, Adarius Washington, and Greggmar Swift recorded Indiana State’s third best time of 57.61 in winning the preliminaries Saturday morning. The team came back in the afternoon to better their time to 56.63, still third all-time at Indiana State, but good only for second place in the finals as Wisconsin-Milwaukee edged the Sycamores by .05 seconds to take the win.
Shaun Smith, Justin Baxtron, Arqeil Shaw, and Brad Adams combined for the men’s 1600 sprint medley relay team and finished 10th overall in 3:26.71.
Greggmar Swift and Illinois’ Vanier Joseph had the top two times heading into the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles with Swift taking the top seed by just thousandths of a second. Despite running a season best 13.76 seconds in the finals, Swift finished second to Joseph who ran 13.59 to take the title.
Dustin Betz ran the fourth fastest 3,000 meter steeplechase in school history as he finished third in a career best 8:56.49. Jonathan Jackson led Indiana State in the 400-meter hurdles, running the sixth fastest time in school history of 52.14 to place eighth overall while Max Tuttle was 12th in 52.92.
Brandon Pounds placed 12th in the discus throw with a distance of 160-5 and finished 23rd in the hammer throw at 178-10. Chris Fields was 18th in the hammer throw with a distance of 185-11 with Justin Applegate 19th at 184-10.
Stacia Weatherford ran to a sixth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.57 while Kalli Dalton finished 14th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:51.77.
Felisha Johnson placed 11th in the hammer throw with a distance of 182-7. Stewart posted the fourth best distance in school history for the triple jump when she cleared 40-4 to place seventh in the event Saturday. Shalesa Smith was 12th at 39-8 3⁄4.