TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Backed by some outstanding individual performances and a balanced team effort, Indiana State retained the Coughlan-Malloy Cup for the seventh straight year with a 186-107 victory over the Illinois State Redbirds in a dual meet held at the Rose-Hulman Sport and Recreation Center Saturday.
The Indiana State men won for the seventh straight year with a 98-46 victory while the Sycamore women rebounded from their only loss in the nine-year history of the series which they suffered a year ago to defeat the Redbirds 88-61.
“We had a lot of good performances and a balanced team effort,” Angela Martin, Indiana State women’s track & field coach, said. “Illinois State has a very good team but each of our ladies gave their best effort today and we picked up the win. I am looking forward to next week and see us continue working hard.”
Indiana State men’s track & field coach John McNichols also said it was a balanced team effort that lifted the Sycamores to the win.
“We had a very balanced team effort today,” McNichols said. “We did see a few things that we need to work on this next week but I was pretty pleased with the effort today.”
The Indiana State women won nine of the 14 events in overcoming an early deficit and pulling away in the final events to post their eighth win over the Redbirds in the last nine years.
Katie Wise ran the second fastest 60 meter dash in school history as she won the event with a personal best time of 7.46 after going 7.51 in the preliminaries. Holli Hyche holds the school record at 7.21 which she ran in 1994. Wise also broke the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center record of 7.70 set by Jeanne Middleton of Indiana State in 2009 and the “Cup” record of 7.53 by Illinois State’s Yomeaqua Brents in 2009.
Demetra Camble was second in the finals at 7.69. Camble was also second in the 200 meters with a time of 25.25 with Wise placing fourth in a personal best 25.37. Stacia Weatherford was second in the 400 meters (56.79) with Macey Black third (57.22).
Leeann Michl dominated the 800 meters as she ran to a five second victory with a time of 2:10.34 which is her best time of the season and should keep her in the top 10 of the nation. Shelby Higginbottom was third in 2:16.13. Indiana State was led in the mile by Kalli Dalton who finished fifth in 5:13.50 while Nicole Lucas was sixth in 5:16.12. Jessica Zangmeister placed second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:17.60 while Lindy Jones finished fifth in 11:19.81.
The Sycamore women swept the top four spots in the 60 meter hurdle finals led by the winning effort of Stacia Weatherford in 8.71 seconds. The time broke the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center record of 8.77 set by Illinois Wesleyan’s Amanda LaRocca in 2009 and also broke Weatherford’s own “Cup” record of 8.80 set last year. Carmelia Stewart was second (8.77) with Kelly Steffen third (9.09) and Jalencia Lemons fourth (9.18).
Felisha Johnson won the shot put with a heave of 55-feet-11.25-inches (17.05 meters) and placed second in weight throw with a toss of 67-feet-5.25-inches (20.55 meters). Johnson’s winning throw in the shot put is a new Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center record, breaking the mark set last year by Illinois State’s Brittany Smith at 16.45 meters. It also broke the “Cup” record which was also held by Smith.
Three freshman also competed for the Sycamores with Whitney Walker third in the shot put (44-feet-0-inches/13.41 meters) and sixth in the weight throw (42-feet-8-inches/13.00 meters), Dawnielle Passmore third in the weight throw (52-feet-6.75-inches/16.02 meters) and fourth in the shot put (42-feet-5.25-inches/12.93 meters), and Katy Rutz fourth in the weight throw (47-feet-1.75-inches/13.37 meters) and fifth in the shot put (40-feet-10.5-inches/12.46 meters).
Ioanna Koltsidou won the high jump by clearing 5-feet-4.5-inches (1.64 meters) with Katie Bekavac second (5-feet-3.25-inches/1.61 meters). The Sycamores dominated the pole vault as they took the top four spots. Kimyanna Rudolph cleared 12-feet-6.25-inches (3.82 meters) to win the event. Richelle Kimble and Lauren Rice tied for second as both cleared 12-feet-0.5-inches (3.67 meters). It was an indoor best for Rice. Alyssa Markiewicz cleared a personal best height of 11-feet-6.5-inches (3.52 meters) for fourth.
Carmelia Stewart was a winner in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet-8-inches (5.69 meters) with Kaisha Martin second (18-feet-5-inches/5.61 meters) and Kelly Steffen third (18-feet-0.25-inches/5.49 meters). Shalesa Smith took the triple jump with a distance of 39-feet-3-inches (11.96 meters) with Stewart placing second (37-feet-11.5-inches/11.57 meters).
The 4x400 meter relay team of Macey Black, Stacia Weatherford, Leeann Michl, and Shelby Higginbottom ran to victory with a time of 3:49.14 while the Sycamore team of Kalyn Davis, Amy Fanella, Lizzy Herron, and Jaleesa Holmes was third in 4:12.20.
The Sycamore men had an even more dominating performance as they won 13 of the 14 events on their way to their eight win in the nine-meet Coughlan-Malloy Cup series.
Justin Baxtron was one of two double winners on the day as he won both the 60 meters and 200 meter races. Baxtron edged out teammate Devin Price and Illinois State’s Benjamin Sparkman to win the 60 meter dash as Baxtron was clocked in 7.00 seconds, Price in 7.05 and Sparkman in 7.06. Baxtron picked up his second win in the 200 meters as he finished in 22.27 to defeat teammates Max Tuttle (22.65) and Price (23.05) as Indiana State took the top three spots.
The Sycamores also dominated the 60 meter hurdles with Greggmar Swift running out to the win in 7.78 seconds which is a season best and should keep him the top five of the national hurdle rankings. The time also broke the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center record of 8.12 set by Rose-Hulman’s Sutton Coleman in 2012 and Swift’s own “Cup” record he set a year ago at 7.80. Adarius Washington finished second in 7.98 with Duane Brown third in 8.08 and Jonathan Jackson fourth in 8.31.
Arqeil Shaw ran away with the victory in the 400 meters with a time of 50.33 with Kevin Piraino a close second in 50.63. The Sycamores swept the top three spots in the 800 meters with Brad Adams taking the victory in 1:56.80, Jackson second in 1:58.84, and Michael Steele third in 2:00.22.
Indiana State also posted the top three spots in the men’s mile with Dustin Betz winning in 4:17.57, Corey Hahn second in 4:19.82, and Taylor Head third in 4:20.64. The sweeping Sycamores had the top three spots in the 3,000 meters with John Mascari running away with the victory in 8:26.29 and Gabe Ocasio (8:41.54) edging out teammate Tristan Selby (8:41.57) for second.
Chris Fields was the other double winner for Indiana State as he won the shot put with a throw of 53-feet-9-inches (16.38 meters) and also posted a win in the weight throw with a distance of 62-feet-2.25-inches (18.95 meters). Derek Bunch was second in the shot put (51-feet-4.25-inches/15.65 meters). Sean Dennis was fourth in the shot put (48-feet-6-inches/14.78 meters) and third in the weight throw (54-feet-11.50-inches/16.75 meters).
Robert Webb was the winner in the high jump as he cleared 6-feet-6.75-inches (2.00 meters) with Jamal Hampton taking second (6-feet-2.25-inches/1.89 meters). Connor Curley cleared a personal best height of 15-feet-7-inches (4.75 meters) to win the pole vault competition while Drew LaMaster tied for third (14-feet-7.25-inches/4.45 meters).
Kevin Piraino won the triple jump with a distance of 41-feet-6-inches (12.65 meters) while Adarius Washington took second in the long jump with a personal best leap of 21-feet-3.25-inches (6.48 meters).
Max Tuttle, Kevin Piraino, Ryan Dickson, and Jonathan Jackson combined to win the 4x400 meter relay in 3:20.54. The Sycamores had two other relays going with Ryan Henrickson, Brad Adams, Michael Steele, and Arqeil Shaw placing second in 3:25.75 and the team of Robert Webb, Shaun Smith, Greggmar Swift, and Corey Hahn taking fourth in 3:33.52.
Indiana State will be on the road next Saturday when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the annual Edmonds Cup competition.