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Betz Wins Mile; Sycamores Claim Both DMR's At Indiana Relays Friday
Courtesy:ISU Athletics



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana State track team had a strong showing on the opening day of the Indiana Relays with Dustin Betz winning the men’s mile and the Sycamores closing out the night by winning both the men’s and women’s distance medley relays.


Betz won the mile for the second time this season as he cruised to a three second win over Bryce Basting of Eastern Illinois. Betz ran a personal best 4:12.66 to win the event with Basting finishing in 4:15.11.


The Sycamore women’s distance medley relay team of Leeann Michl, Macey Black, Shelby Higginbottom, and Kalli Dalton edged out the team from Western Michigan University to post the win in 11:56.14 which is the seventh fastest in school history. Western Michigan finished in 11:56.58.


On the men’s side, Corey Hahn, Arqeil Shaw, Brad Adams, and Betz combined to dominate the field and post a 12 second victory over the team from Loyola (Ill.) University. The Sycamores won in 10:10.64 with Loyola second in 10:24.88.


Preliminaries were held in the 60 meter hurdles and 60 meter dashes to open the competition Friday.


All three Sycamore men advanced to the Saturday’s 11:20 a.m. semifinals of the 60 meter hurdles with Greggmar Swift running the fastest time in the preliminaries at 7.91 seconds, Adarius Washington the ninth fastest at 8.24, and Marcus Neely the last to make the semifinals with the 16th fastest time at 8.51.


None of the Indiana State 60 meter competitors advanced, however. Shaun Smith just missed advancing as he was 17th fastest in 7.00 seconds. Justin Baxtron was 22nd in 7.04 and Keith Housley was 26th in 7.06.


Stacia Weatherford advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 60 meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m. Saturday as she finished second in her heat but ran 8.68 seconds which was the fourth fastest overall in the preliminary round. Taylor Gilles was 22nd fastest (9.06) and Jalencia Lemons 29th (9.30)


Katie Wise continued her winning ways in the women’s 60 meter dash as she won her heat and posted the fastest time in the preliminaries at 7.57 seconds. She will return on Saturday to compete in the semifinals at 11:10 a.m.


Macey Black and Kaisha Martin both ran career best times in the 200 meters with Black winning her heat and finishing seventh overall in 25.43 seconds and Martin placing 13th overall in 25.78. Amy Fanella finished 31st overall in the 600 meters with a time of 1:45.10.


All three Sycamores in the women’s 3,000 meters established personal bests led by Nicole Lucas who ran the 25th fastest time in school history in placing ninth overall in 10:17.26. Hanna Mercer was 14th in 10:24.56 while Lindy Jones finished 29th in 10:52.52.


Ryan Dickson won his heat and finished second overall in the men’s 600 meters with a time of 1:20.98. Ray Skamay was 33rd in 1:26.63.


John Mascari ran in the men’s Invitational 3,000 meters and finished with a personal best time of 8:20.04 which put him third overall. His time moves him to eighth on the Sycamore all-time list.


Taylor Head bettered his personal best in the men’s 3000 meters by 11 seconds after winning his heat and finishing third overall with a time of 8:29.87. Max Tuttle finished 12th in the men’s 200 meters with a time of 22.77.


Derek Bunch used a career best throw of 52-feet-11-inches (16.13 meters) to finish third in the men’s shot put while Sean Dennis went 46-feet-7.5-inches (14.21 meters) to place seventh.


Justin Applegate led the Sycamore contingent in the men’s weight throw by placing fourth with a distance of 56-feet-10-inches (17.33 meters). Derek Bunch was sixth with a throw of 55-feet-3-inches (16.86 meters).


Jamal Hampton finished seventh in the men’s high jump by clearing 6-foot-3.25-inches (1.91 meters).


Ioanna Koltsidou was second in the women’s high jump by clearing 5-feet-5-inches (1.65 meters) with Katie Bekavac placing seventh after clearing 5-feet-1-inch (1.55 meters).


Dawnielle Passmore finished second in the women’s weight throw with a personal best distance of 54-feet-6-inches (16.61 meters) and 16th in the shot put with a heave of 39-feet-0.25-inches (11.89 meters). Whitney Walker was seventh in the shot put with a distance of 43-feet-3.5-inches (13.22 meters) which was just short of her personal best.


Several more Sycamore throwers will be in action on Saturday with Felisha Johnson competing in the Invitational Shot Put and Invitational Weight Throw on the women’s side with Chris Fields going in the Invitational Shot Put and Invitational Weight Throw on the men’s side. Brandon Pounds will also be competing in the men’s Invitational Weight Throw. The events begin at 10 a.m. (ET).


Also competing on Saturday will be Lizzy Herron (women’s 200 meters), Tristan Selby (men’s 5,000 meters), Demetria Camble and Shelby Higginbottom (women’s 400 meters), Arqeil Shaw, Brian Martin, and Ryan Henrickson (men’s 400 meters), Kalli Dalton and Emily Cotterman (women’s 800 meters), Corey Hahn and Michael Steele (men’s  800 meters), and Leeann Michl (women’s Invitational 800 meters).

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