TERRE HAUTE —
The Indiana State track and field team continued to be recognized for an outstanding 2013 season, this time in the field of academics as both the men and women’s teams were recognized as a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team.
In addition, six members of the Indiana State women’s team and three from the men’s team were recognized with All-Academic Individual awards. Macey Black, Nicole Hope, Richelle Kimble, Leeann Michl, Kelly Steffen, and Katie Wise were recognized from the Sycamore women’s team while Justin Applegate, Dustin Betz, and Max Tuttle were recognized from the Indiana State men’s team.
The Indiana State women’s team was recognized for the 13th straight year with a 3.30 team grade point average that ranked third in the MVC. The Sycamores were one of 187 Division I Track & Field teams to be recognized and one of five Missouri Valley Conference teams to receive the honor.
The Sycamore men’s team was recognized for the fourth time with a 3.01 GPA that ranked fourth in the MVC. Indiana State was one of 111 Division I Track & Field teams to be recognized and one of four Missouri Valley Conference teams to receive the honor.
The Indiana State women led the Valley with six athletes recognized. Southern Illinois had five with Wichita State and Illinois State four each, Drake, Missouri State and Northern Iowa two each, and Bradley had one.
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Macey Black posted a 3.39 GPA while majoring in Recreation and Sport Management at Indiana State. The senior on the 2013 team competed at the NCAA East Preliminary during the Outdoor season as a member of the 4x100 meter relay team. The relay placed 15th after running the third fastest time in school history (45.04). This is her Black’s first recognition as All-Academic by the USTFCCCA.
Nicole Hope had a 3.70 GPA while majoring in physical education and exercise science at Indiana State. The senior on the 2013 team competed in the pole vault and placed 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by clearing 13-feet-7 1/4 to earn second team All-American honors. She tied for first at the NCAA East Preliminary by clearing 13-5 1/4 just weeks after winning her second MVC Outdoor Championship by clearing 13-2 1/2.
Richelle Kimble earned a 3.73 GPA while majoring in communications at Indiana State. The senior on the 2013 team competed in the pole vault at the NCAA East Preliminary for the fourth straight year and placed 15th by clearing 13-1 1/2. She earned her third straight All-Conference recognition by placing second at the MVC Outdoors by clearing 12-10 3/4. She also earned her third straight Indoor All-Conference recognition this season by placing second at the MVC Indoors by clearing 12-7 1/2.
Leeann Michl posted a 3.43 GPA while majoring in physical education and exercise scicne. The senior on the 2013 team competed in the 800 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary during the Outdoor season and placed 27th with a time of 2:07.24. Michl followed that up by setting in the Indiana State record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.57 at the American Milers Club High Performance Series in Indianapolis as she attempted to qualify for the USATF Outdoor Championships.
Kelly Steffen had a 4.00 GPA while majoring in Math Education at Indiana State. The junior on the 2013 team finished the Indoor season ranked 69th nationally in the Pentathlon with 3,691 points which she earned in placing third at the MVC Indoor Championships to earn All-Conference recognition. Steffen was named the recipient of the 2013 MVC Indoor Elite 18 Award.
Katie Wise earned a 3.57 PA while majoring in pre-elementary education at Indiana State. The freshman on the 2013 team had a remarkable initial campaign with the Sycamores capped with a 21st place finish in the 100 meters (11.48) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn Honorary Mention All-American recognition.
Justin Applegate had a 3.64 GPA while majoring in physical education Exercise Science at Indiana State. The sophomore on the 2013 team competed in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Preliminary and finished 39th with a distance of 174-8.
Dustin Betz earned a 3.32 GPA while majoring in aviation management at Indiana State. The senior on the 2013 team competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed 23rd to earn honorable mention All-American recognition. He finished sixth at the NCAA East Preliminary in a career best 8:47.19.
Max Tuttle had a 3.56 GPA while majoring in Physical Education Exercise Science at Indiana State. The junior on the 2013 team placed 26th in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary (52.15).