Five athletes from Terre Haute institutions will compete for NCAA indoor track and field honors this weekend at two different championship meets.

Indiana State will send Nicole Hope, Felisha Johnson and Brandon Pounds to the national meet at Nampa, Idaho, while Rose-Hulman will have Liz Evans and Sutton Coleman at the Division III indoor nationals at Grinnell, Iowa.

ISU would have had a fourth competitor in the national competition, but high jumper Major Clay — who had qualified with a school-record jump of 7-foot-5 — was injured at the Missouri Valley Conference meet and is sidelined for awhile.

Hurdler Greggmar Swift and triple jumper Ernest Rollins of the Sycamores barely missed qualifying. Swift’s best time of 7.77 seconds in the 60 a-meter event was 0.01 of a second too slow, while Rollins’ best mark of 51-1 3/4 was short of what proved to be the qualifying standard of 51-9.

Johnson is defending champion in weight throw and will also compete in shot put. Hope will compete in pole vault, the event dominated in recent seasons by ISU graduate Kylie Hutson, and Pounds will compete in men’s weight throw.

Evans and Coleman are both seeded No. 2 in their respective events at Grinnell, Coleman with a school-record clocking of 8.07 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and Evans with a school-record high jump of 5-10 that is one of the top five marks in NCAA Division III history.

Coleman is a four-time All-American already, his best national finish a fourth-place showing in the 400-meter individual hurdles in last spring’s outdoor championships. Last year he was sixth indoors in 55-meter hurdles.

Evans is the defending national high jump champion both indoors and outdoors.


• Sycamores, Engineers honored — Both Indiana State and Rose-Hulman achieved multiple awards from the Missouri Valley Conference and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Monday.

ISU had the MVC Pitcher of the Week in softball, Lindsey Beisser; the women’s basketball Player of the Week, Brittany Schoen; and got two men’s basketball players — Jordan Printy and Lucas Eitel — named All-MVC Scholar Athletes. Rose swept HCAC softball honors, with Jessica Ahlborn named Hitter of the Week and Brianne Widmoyer the Pitcher of the Week.

Beisser pitched her first career no-hitter, ISU’s first one since 2007, in an 8-0 win over South Dakota on Sunday and also was the winning pitcher in ISU’s other victory that day. For the year she’s 2-1 with a 1.17 earned run average and 30 strikeouts and just four walks in 24 innings. ISU competes all week at the Rebel Spring Games at Orlando, Fla.

Schoen became the MVC’s No. 2 woman’s 3-point shooter while leading the Sycamores in scoring in a pair of wins last week. She had 17 points and five steals, hitting 5 of 9 3-point shots, in a win Thursday at Southern Illinois and added 13 points including three 3-pointers in Sunday’s victory at Evansville. She now has 274 3-pointers for her career, 20 behind all-time leader Dayna Finch of Creighton, as the Sycamores begin play in the MVC Tournament on Friday at St. Charles, Mo.

Printy, who has a 3.71 grade-point average in education, has started 30 of ISU’s 32 games while averaging 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 3-pointers per game. He is a three-time All-MVC Scholar Athlete.

Eitel has a 3.62 GPA, also in education, and was named to the second team. So far this year he is averaging 3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Ahlborn batted .357 for the week as the Engineers opened their 2012 season in Florida and added two doubles, two runs and four RBIs. Her on-base percentage was .471.

Widmoyer was 2-2 in the pitching circle for the Engineers with four complete games, including a two-hitter in a 4-0 win over Johnson & Wales.

The Engineers, 2-6, play this weekend at the Centre Invitational.

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