Indiana State's dynamic duo of Cassaundra Roper and Erin Reese will take the field together one last time in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, hosted by the University of Texas through Saturday.
With three entries in the women’s throwing events, Indiana State trails only Alabama (four), Stanford (four) and UCLA (four) for the most entrants in the event group. The 2019 season marks the first appearance in the NCAA outdoor championships for Reese and Roper, making their total of three entries even more impressive.
Reese will compete in the women's hammer throw at 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday. Her best effort this season was 214 feet, 3 inches. Then she'll try the women's discus at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Her best in that event was 185-2.
The redshirt senior qualified for both at the East Preliminary Round two weeks ago. She is just one of four women to double in the women’s hammer and discus throws and one of six women to double in any of the circle throwing events.
Meanwhile, Roper will go all out in the women's shot put at 10:10 p.m. Thursday. Her best effort in that event was 53-11 1/4.
Sycamore women have had five student-athletes crowned champions, which is tied with Southern Illinois for the most in the Missouri Valley Conference. They are Holli Hyche (1993 and 1994 100-meter dash; 1993 200-meter dash) and Kylie Hutson (2009 and 2010 pole vault).
• Engineers honored — Rose-Hulman earned a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Division III tournament this past season with an overall record of 14-10. The Engineers, as well as junior Ian Landwehr, earned spots in the final ITA rankings of the season that were released earlier this week.
Rose came in No. 17 in the ITA Central Region as a team. Landwehr was at No. 13 in the national singles rankings.
Rose-Hulman has won five straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and 47 straight matches against HCAC teams.
Landwehr finished the season with an overall singles record of 18-4 and 17-3 in dual matches. He was named to the first team All-HCAC and received the most valuable player award this season. He also was named the HCAC tournament MVP for his performance in the HCAC men's championships.