TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Three members of the Indiana State track & field team will be in competition this weekend at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships. Greggmar Swift and Brandon Pounds will be representing the Sycamore men at the NCAA Championships while Felisha Johnson will represent the Indiana State women.
The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday and Saturday.
Swift (Bridgetown, Barbados) is making his first trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships but he is no stranger to high level competition. The Sycamore junior has the sixth fastest 60 meter hurdle time in the country at 7.67 seconds which he ran in winning the 2013 60 meter hurdle title two weeks ago. He has won 17 of his 19 races (prelims, semifinals and finals) this season with his only setbacks coming at the Tyson Invitational in what many believed was a preview of the finals at the NCAA Championships.
The Sycamore was 10th in the 110 meter hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and competed in the event for his native Barbados at the 2012 London Olympics. He has also represented his country at the 2011 World University Games and the North America Central America Caribbean Under 23 Championships in 2012.
Swift is one of 16 athletes invited to compete in the 60 meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoors and will run in the semifinals at 7:15 p.m. (ET) Friday. The finals will be run at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday.
Pounds (Indianapolis, Ind.) is making his second trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the men’s weight throw. The Sycamore senior ranks second in the nation with a school record throw of 73-feet-11.75-inches (22.55 meters) which he posted in winning the event at the Meyo Invitational earlier this season.
The Sycamore was named a second team All-American after placing 16th in the event at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship with a throw of 62-feet-11.25-inches (19.18 meters). He has surpassed 70-feet twice this season including his school record throw and a fifth place finish at the USA Indoor Championships last weekend with a throw of 70-feet-1.75-inches (21.38 meters). He was the top collegian in the competition at the USA Indoors.
Pounds will compete at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday.
Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) is making her third trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships and will compete in both the weight throw and shot put. She is a three-time Indoor All-American as she won the weight throw title in 2011 and finished fourth in 2012 while also finishing seventh in the shot put at the 2012 Indoor Championships.
Johnson holds the school record for both events and both were set this year … twice. The senior leads the nation in the women’s weight throw with a school record throw of 74-feet-8-inches (23.06 meters) which was accomplished in winning the event at the EIU Friday Night Special. The distance is the fifth best throw in collegiate history and earned her National Athlete of the Week recognition.
She has thrown over 70-feet five times this season in the weight throw including a throw of 74-feet-0.25-inches (22.56 meters) to win her first MVC Indoor title and 73-feet-0.75-inches (22.27 meters) to place fourth at the USA Indoor Championships last weekend.
Johnson also ranks second in the shot put with a school record throw of 58-feet-4.75-inches (17.80 meters) which she accomplished in winning the Indiana Relays Invitational Shot Put title. She was second at the 2013 MVC Indoor Championships with a throw of 54-feet-3.25-inches (16.54 meters).
The Sycamore has been just as efficient outdoors. The senior placed 13th at the USA Olympic Trials in the shot put just weeks after placing fifth at the 2012 NCAA Outdoors with a school record distance of 56-feet-11¼-inches. A two-time outdoor All-American, Johnson has competed in the shot put, discus, and hammer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the past two seasons.
Johnson’s competition will begin at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Friday when she seeks to reclaim the weight throw title. She will go after the shot put title starting at 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday.