SOUTH BEND —
Indiana State junior Jessica Zangmeister edged closer to the Indiana State record in the women’s 5,000 meters as she closed out her indoor season with a career-best time of 17:05.02 in the Alex Wilson Invitational on Friday.
She was not the only Sycamore to have an outstanding day on the first day of competition. Junior Maurice Lyke, who had a slow start to his indoor season because of injuries, closed it out on a strong note by tying his career-best leap in the long jump with a distance of 24 feet, 7 inches.
Zangmeister finished 16th overall but lowered her personal best 5K time by four seconds. She remains second behind ISU record holder Jessica Crowder (Wayton), who ran 16:59.86 in 2005 on the same Notre Dame track.
Lyke ranks third on the ISU men’s long-jump all-time list. Frankie Young holds the school record at 26-1 3/4.
Several Sycamores will be in competition today. Robert Webb will kick off action in the men’s triple jump at 11 a.m. followed by Shalesa Smith in the women’s triple jump. Greggmar Swift, Adarius Washington and Duane Brown will compete in the 60 hurdles at 11:10 a.m., with Richelle Kimble and Kimyanna Rudolph going in the women’s pole vault at noon, Stacia Weatherford in the women’s 400 at 12:20 p.m. and Shelby Higginbottom and Leeann Michl in the women’s 800 at 12:55. Dustin Betz and Corey Hahn will round out the Sycamore competition in the men’s mile at 2:50.