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May 30, 2008

Indiana State track sending strong group to NCAA regional

TERRE HAUTE — Three sophomore women and three senior men lead a large Indiana State contingent of track and field athletes into the NCAA Mideast Regional this weekend at Fayetteville, Ark.

Wabash Valley products Kylie Hutson and Erica Moore are ISU’s top NCAA contenders as usual, but they are joined by sophomore triple jumper Lauren Martin as top-10 contenders for this weekend.

Martin, who ranks second on ISU’s all-time list with her leap of 41-10, is joined by men’s triple jumper Steve Daniel, who is also second on the school’s all-time list in the event.

“Jeff Martin, who coaches long jumpers and vaulters, and I were talking the other day and agree that no one’s worked harder on our team than Lauren Martin,” Gartland said. “She’s such a tough competitor. I think she has a good chance of advancing the way she has come on strong.”

Hutson is coming off a Missouri Valley Conference championship in pole vault, and the Terre Haute North graduate’s best jump of 14-feet, 1 1/4 inches ranks second in the region and fifth on the NCAA’s descending order list.

Moore, a sophomore from Sullivan, had a disappointing MVC meet in which she crashed on the ninth of the 10 hurdles in the 400-meter hurdles race.

“She bit the track pretty hard, but she’s a tough competitor,” Gartland said. “She came within 40 meters of pulling off the tough, tough assignment we gave her. Her legs were too tired and dead at that point.”

Moore had already finished second in the 400-meter dash and second in the long jump. Gartland scratched his star runner from the 1,600 relay.

Moore is one of the top competitors in the nation in the event, ranking fifth in the region and 12th nationally.

Moore also has a shot to advance to the NCAA meet in the heptathlon, which is not contested regionally. Moore’s score of 5,368 puts her 27th in the NCAA in that event and on the cusp of qualifying for the heptathlon.

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