TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State enters the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference indoor track and field championships with two teams ranked in the top 25 of the nation, according to the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings released Tuesday.
The Sycamore men had their highest ranking since the USTFCCCA began the ratings system in 2008 when they climbed to 20th a week ago, but Indiana State fell five spots to 25th in the latest rankings. This is the sixth straight week that the Sycamore women have been ranked in the top 20 as they moved up one notch to 17th this week.
This is just the second time since 2008 that both the Sycamore men and women have been ranked in the top 25 and the third time that the two teams have been ranked in the top 30 at the same time. The two Sycamore teams were ranked in the top 30 in the same week last year when the Indiana State men were 28th and the women 29th during Week 6 of the ratings.
The MVC indoor championships will take place this weekend at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
• Robinson wrestler chosen — The Illinois High School Association announced its 26-student All-State Academic Team on Monday, a group that included Robinson’s Nicolae Iovanac.
Nominated students had to have at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale after seven semesters, participated in at least two IHSA sports or activities and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.
Iovanac completed his senior wrestling season on Saturday at the state finals, where he was 0-2 in the Class 1A 195-pound finals. His record for the season was 33-11.
Also chosen from the Little Illini Conference was Carly Niebrugge of Newton.
• Rose splits — At the Wabash Valley Tennis Center, Rose-Hulman’s men beat the St. Louis College of Pharmacy 8-1 on Saturday but lost 7-2 to Webster on Sunday.
Ben Paras was 2-0 in both singles and doubles for the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman 8, St. Louis Pharmacy 1
Singles — Ben Paras (RH) def. Alex Cline 6-3, 6-1; Devon Fritz (RH) def. Nick Selby 6-0, 6-1; Nate Moore (RH) def. Michael Kim 6-1, 6-1; Matthew Conrad (RH) def. Matt Respicio 6-0, 6-0; Brad Rumancik (SLP) def. Randy Billingsley 7-5, 6-3; Todd Miller (RH) def. Mitch Gardner 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles — Fritz-Paras (RH) def. Cline-Kim 8-0; Conrad-Moore (RH) def. Respicio-Rumancik 8-0; Billingsley-Miller (RH) def. Gardner-Selby 8-3.
Webster 7, Rose-Hulman 2
Singles — Paras (RH) def. Diego Alarcon 6-3, 7-6 (9-7); Francissco Cortez (W) def. Fritz 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Aqustin Villalba (W) def. Moore 6-4, 6-2; Ricky Eaves (W) def. Conrad 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (11-9); Josh Sellmeyer (W) def. Billingsley 6-1, 6-2; Travis Blair (W) def. Miller 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — Fritz-Paras (RH) def. Cortez-Villalba 8-5; Eaves-Josh Papes (W) def. Conrad-Moore 9-7; Alarcon-Sellmeyer (W) def. Billingsley-Miller 8-2.
• Young Wildcats 2-2 — At Crawfordsville, South Vermillion Middle School won two of four matches Saturday at the Southmont 5-Way Invitational.
Team scores — South Vermillion 84, Fountain Central 40; South Vermillion 64, South Putnam 42; Southmont 72, South Vermillion 33; Lebanon 120, South Vermillion 10.
75 — Aaliyah Riley 2-2
80 — Logan Walters 2-2
85 — Will Bishop 2-2
90 — Lani Spencer 1-3
95 — Brent Rinehart 4-0
100 — Rodney Hendricks 2-2
105 — Jacob Spurr 1-3
115 — Joshua Roehm 2-2
120 — Daniel Carty 2-2
125 — Kegan Benskin 3-1
130 — Austin Shaner 2-2
135 — Ricky Kelly 2-2
140 — Kenny Keller 1-3
145 — Gary Wasllace 1-3
210 — Tyler Lopez 0-4
240 — Thomas Hendricks 3-1
275 — Justice Warren 2-2
Next — South Vermillion (3-2) hosts Covington today.
• Larson wins opener — At New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kyle Larson won the feature race in the first official U. S. Auto Club midget race of the season on Sunday at New Myrna Speedway.
Larson was fast qualifier and led the final 14 turns to win the 30-lap main. He assumed the early lead in the midget point totals going into Monday’s racing at the track.
Fast qualifier — Kyle Larson.
Scramble winners — Bobby Santos, Caleb Armstrong.
Feature — Larson, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Tanner Swanson, Dalton Armstrong, Caleb Armstrong, Christopher Bell, Kyle O’Gara, Cole Carter, Santos.