CEDAR FALLS, Iowa —
Indiana State’s men’s track and field team took the lead Saturday after the first day of the Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships Saturday at Northern Iowa, while the Sycamore women were second.
Seeking their second straight championship, the Sycamore men have 64 points to 37 for Illinois State. Indiana State’s women are just two points behind Southern Illinois, 50-48.
Katie Wise led the ISU women on the first day, setting a facility and MVC meet record in the 60-meter dash trials (7.31 seconds) and also winning the 200-meter dash (24.04). Carmela Stewart set a school record of 8.42 seconds in her heat of the 60-meter hurdles.
On the men’s side, Byron Ferrell and Wes Schenk took the top two places in pole vault (16-feet-8.75 and 16-4.75 respectively).
Also earning all-conference honors Saturday were Kelly Steffen in pentathlon, Maurice Lyke in long jump, Mary Theisen in weight throw, Chris Fields in weight throw and John Mascari in the 5,000-meter run.
Among the athletes qualifying for today’s men’s finals were Greggmar Swift in the 60 and the 60 hurdles; Adarius Washington and Lyke in hurdles; Keith Housley and Carl McQuay in the 60; David Timlin in mile and 800; Jonathan Jackson in 800; Gabe Ocasio in mile; Karin Piraino and Arqeil Shaw in the 400.
Among Indiana State women’s finalists today are Alethia Marrero in the 400 and Shelby Higginbottom in the 800.
Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. with men’s 60-meter hurdles and heptathlon.