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March 5, 2014

Metro Sports: Sycamores to be represented at NCAA indoors

TERRE HAUTE — Three members of the Indiana State track and field team will compete in the 2014 NCAA indoor championships March 14-15 at Albuquerque, N.M.

Senior Greggmar Swift will represent the men, while sophomore Katie Wise and senior Mary Theisen will represent the women.

Swift will be heading to his second indoor championships after placing fourth a year ago. He’s ranked third in the nation, according to with his time of 7.64 seconds from the Indiana Relays earlier this season. Swift also was the Missouri Valley Conference champion last weekend in a time of 7.73 seconds.

Theisen will head to her first indoor appearance at the NCAA championships, although she placed 20th in the outdoor championships in 2012. Theisen heads into the meet with the third-best shot put in the nation at 56 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Theisen was the 2014 MVC champion in the shot put with a throw of 56-4 and was runner-up in the weight throw with a toss of 66-6 1/2.

Wise will head to her first indoor NCAA appearance as a Sycamore after qualifying for the 100-meter dash in last season’s outdoor championships. Her qualifying performance took place this past weekend when she won the MVC title in the 60 in 7.30. Her time ranks her 13th nationally going into the championships.

The meet will begin at 10 a.m. MST March 14, with Sycamore competition kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with the men’s 60 hurdles.


• St. John Fisher 15, Rose-Hulman 2
— At Auburndale, Fla., Rose-Hulman stands 2-2 on its annual Florida spring trip after falling to St. John Fisher on Wednesday afternoon.

Shawn Corrigan and Jalen Dennis combined on a three-hitter for St. John Fisher, with Corrigan recording four strikeouts in the victory.

Andrew Benitez and Ryan Fontana led the Engineers with one hit and one RBI apiece. Benitez slapped a double to score Josh Koutnik and tie the score at 1-1 in the top of the second inning.

The teams remained tied 1-1, with a third-inning rally from St. John Fisher thwartened by an inning-ending caught stealing on a strong throw from freshman catcher Zach Trusk.

St. John Fisher broke the game open with nine runs in the fourth and added five more in the fifth. Brad Rush had a home run and Nick Flemister finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the St. John Fisher offense.

Rose (2-2) will return to the diamond at 2:30 p.m. today for a matchup against Trine University.


• Engineer honored
— Rose-Hulman senior Kelsey Ploof has been named to the second-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s team, according to results released by the league office Wednesday.

Ploof led the Engineers in scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg) for a squad that qualified for the HCAC tournament during all four years of her playing career. She also shot 49 percent from the field and ranked third on the team with 28 steals to earn second-team all-league honors for the second consecutive year.

Ploof capped her ranked 10th in Rose women’s basketball history in points (877), fourth in rebounds (722) and seventh in career free throws made (262). She also ranks seventh in career field-goal percentage (44.8 percent), ninth in steals (106) and 10th in minutes played (2518).

The mechanical-engineering major also earned her Rose-Hulman bachelor’s degree one academic quarter early, completing her degree requirements in February.

Freshman Abbie Marshall earned a spot on the conference’s all-sportsmanship team after a solid first year of college basketball. Marshall finished second on the team in scoring (7.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.1 rpg), while leading the team in assists (58) and steals (29).

Rose finished 10-16 overall and 8-10 in HCAC play. The Engineers qualified for the HCAC tournament for the fourth consecutive year, regained the Clabber Girl Trophy with a 74-54 win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods and won their last two games to secure a postseason tournament bid.


• Engineers split
— At Clermont, Fla., Rose-Hulman split two games Tuesday, dropping the opener 2-1 to Saint Vincent (Pa.) before rebounding for a 10-1 win in five innings over Houghton (N.Y.).

Sophomore Marissa Stout of Terre Haute led the Engineers in Game 1 with a 2-for-3 performance, including a triple and the team’s lone run.

After Saint Vincent took a 2-0 lead in the third on three straight hits, Stout responded with a booming leadoff triple in the fourth inning. Senior Allison Bowman followed with an RBI groundout to pull Rose within one.

Stout, who was relieved on the mound by junior Carly Heibel midway through the contest, took the loss for the Engineers.

In Game 2, the Engineers took control early, plating three runs in the third. Freshman Ellissa Eckert reached base on an error, then rounded the bases on three consecutive passed balls to score the first run. Sophomore Jett Bender and junior Jessica Ahlborn also scored after reaching on walks.

In the fourth, RHIT exploded for six more runs to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Stout walked and Bowman singled to lead off the inning, setting up a Lindsey Watterson two-run triple.

The Engineers added the final run in the fifth to complete the mercy rule.

Ahlborn finished the game 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs to lead RHIT.

Eckert picked up the victory in her first career start in the circle, as she combined with sophomore Taylor Lockhart of Robinson, Ill., to limit Houghton to one run, which it scored in the third. In the second inning, Eckert struck out the side on 12 pitches.

Rose-Hulman (3-1) will face Methodist (N.C.) today for an 11 a.m. matchup, then Widener (Pa.) for a 3 p.m. contest at the Clermont National Training Center.


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