Two days after finishing as the NCAA runner-up in the hammer throw, Erin Reese concluded her stay in Texas with a Second Team All-American honor in the discus throw on Saturday evening. She finished 16th in the event.
The Sycamore women finish ranked 32nd in the nation with the eight points earned in the hammer throw on Thursday, the highest-rated team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
“Erin and Cassaundra [Roper] came into the NCAA Championships with great mindsets,” ISU track and field coach Angela Martin said. “Both women finished higher than their seed marks and showed why they deserved to be at this meet. Erin’s second place finish in the hammer helped our team finish 32nd overall and I am proud of them and thankful for the efforts of the two great seniors and Coach Bettenhausen. It’s exciting to go home and be able to hang up three more All-American plaques on our wall.”
Saturday marked the hottest day of the championships with a heat index reaching upwards of 106 degrees. Reese opened with a toss of 53.51 meters (184 feet, 2 inches) which was ninth through the first round of throws in both heats.
That would end up being her best toss and that mark would hold on for a 16th place finish to give her Second Team All-American honors, her second All-American honor of the weekend. She ends as one of the best Sycamore discus throwers in Indiana State history, owning the school record toss of 56.45 meters (185-2) and finishing as the first Sycamore All-American in the discus since Mary Theisen in 2014.
Reese will compete in the hammer throw USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships from July 25-28 in Des Moines, Iowa.
• Indiana boys sweep Kentucky in All-Star games — Indiana’s Boys All-Stars defeated Kentucky’s All-Stars 120-74 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Indiana State recruit Jake LaRavia had eight points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Lawrence Central product started for Indiana. Fellow ISU recruit had six points and five rebounds.
Indiana’s boys routed their Kentucky counterparts 97-64 Friday night at Bellarmine University.
Kentucky’s girls came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana girls 79-74 in Friday’s first game. The same two teams meet Saturday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, starting with the 5 p.m. girls game.
LaRavia and Barnes combined for 13 points and 6-for-9 shooting from the field in the boys game (although Barnes was 0 for 4 and LaRavia 0 for 1 at the foul line) on Friday.
• Harness racing slated — Illinois harness racing is scheduled Monday evening at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair.
Six heats are on the race card including the Great Midwest Trot and Great Midwest Pace with purses estimated at $7,000 for each event. Post time is 5:30 p.m. CDT.