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May 17, 2014

METRO ROUNDUP: ISU men in 2nd, women third at Missouri Valley track

CARBONDALE, ILL. — Indiana State completed the second day of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday with the women in third and the men second.

Wichita leads the women’s standings with 88.5 points to 68.5 for ISU. Southern Illinois is just ahead of the Sycamores with 70.

“We started off day two on a great note with our seniors finishing off the heptathlon in third and eighth place,” said coach Angela Martin. “Long jump and shot put continued our great day, as we had three scorers in each event. We got some qualifiers into the finals so hopefully we can step up our game on the track.”

Although the ISU men are in second place, they are farther behind with 42.5 points to 94 for the MVC-leading Shockers.

“I think we qualified pretty well today,” said coach John McNichols. “We had two in the 100, three in the 110 hurdles, one in the 400, two in the 800 and four in the 400 hurdles. From that standpoint we did great, but we still could’ve had a few more qualifiers in some events. We did well in the shot put and long jump, so I think we put ourselves in position to do well [today] if we can get real serious and go compete.”

Kelly Steffen started off the Sycamores scoring on day two with an all-conference performance in the heptathlon with a score of 5,168 points to place third. Rachael Johnson followed her in eighth with 4,815 points.

Mary Theisen earned the first conference champion honor of the weekend for her team when she claimed the shot put with a throw of 54-feet-8.75. Whitney Walker earned all-conference honors as well with her third-place finish at 50-0. Dawnielle Passmore was eighth.

Freshman long jumper Mandy Jones was literally as close to winning as she could’ve been without actually capturing the crown, as she tied Robiann Broomfield of Missouri State at 19-8.75. Jones got second in the competition, however due to a tiebreaker. Kaisha Martin and Carmelia Stewart placed fifth (19-3.5) and sixth (19-1.5) respectively.

The Sycamores also had a great day in the high jump, as freshman LeVisa Evans went 5-6 to earn a second-place finish and all-conference honors. Johnson placed fourth at 5-5 and Ioanna Koltsidou placed seventh, also at 5-5.

For the men, Brett Wehmiller was sixth in the decathlon with a score of 6,068 points. Chris Fields followed that with a fourth-place showing in the shot put (56-5.25) and Sean Dennis took sixth (51-10.5). DeSean Prentice cleared 6-9.75 inches to place fourth in high jump and Devyn Mikell had a fifth-place showing in the long jump (23-6).

On Friday, John Mascari won his second straight Missouri Valley Conference 10,000-meter championship with a time of 29:25.43, a meet record, and Tristan Selby and Al Escalera followed in third and fourth place.

Theisen earned all-conference honors with her third-place finish in the hammer throw at 186-5. Lauren Rice placed fourth in the pole vault at 12-3.25 and Kimyanna Rudolph was sixth at 11-9.25, and Nicole Lucas placed seventh in the 10,000-meter run in a time of 36:09.05.

On the men’s side, Fields was seventh in hammer throw at 189-8.

The final day of competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. today.

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