TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sycamore senior Greggmar Swift has been winning every race so far this season and his streak continued with the Missouri Valley Conference as he was named the MVC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for the third straight week.
For the second time during the indoor season, the Sycamores have three athletes honored. Indiana State senior Felisha Johnson and senior Brandon Pounds both picked up their first weekly honors of the season with Johnson named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and Pounds the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
The honors were announced Tuesday by the league office.
Johnson was named the MVC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week while Pound was named the MVC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
The records continued to fall for Johnson who broke her own school record in the shot put with a winning distance of 58-feet-4.75-inches (19.80 meters) in the invitational shot put at the Indiana Relays Saturday. The distance ranks the Sycamore second in the nation and is the best in the Missouri Valley Conference and in the Great Lakes Region.
Johnson also dominated the invitational weight throw with a winning distance of 70-feet-10-inches (21.59 meters), the second time in three meets that the senior has surpassed the 70-foot mark. Johnson leads the nation in the event while also leading the MVC and Great Lakes Region.
Purdue’s Dani Bunch was a distant second in both events, going 54-feet-9.5-inches in the shot put and 66-feet-9.25-inches in the weight throw.
Pounds put out the notice that he is back and ready to compete, finishing as the top collegian in the invitational weight throw at the Indiana Relays Saturday with a season best distance of 68-feet-0.5-inches (20.74 meters). The mark ranks fourth in the nation and is the top mark in the Valley to date. He also ranks second in the Great Lakes Region.
Seven-time indoor champion A.G. Kruger, competing for Nike, won the event with a throw of 74-feet-7-inches (23.00 meters). Alabama’s Elias Hakansson was the second collegian at 64-feet-10.5-inches (19.47 meters).
Swift remained undefeated in the men’s 60 meter hurdles this season with another dominating performance at the Indiana Relays this past weekend. Swift ran the fastest time in the preliminary round on Friday at 7.91 seconds and bettered those marks on Saturday with the top time in the semifinals at 7.84 and then winning the finals in 7.78. Swift ranks fourth in the nation this season and leads the Missouri Valley Conference and Great Lakes Region.
A pair of Illinois hurdlers Vanier Joseph (ranked 13th) and Cam Viney (ranked 19th) were unable to get pass the Sycamore and finished second and third, respectively. The strong field of competitors also included Purdue’s Brandon Winters and Indiana State’s Adarius Washington, both ranked in the top 50 of the nation.
Swift won four straight weekly honors
to start the 2012 indoor season and gives him seven for his Sycamore career. Swuft was honored with Katie Wise on Jan. 23 and joined Chris Fields and Leeann MIchl as the SYcamore honorees on Jan. 15.
Recognized as notable performers from Indiana State was Stacia Weatherford.
Weatherford ran against some of the best women hurdles in the region and finished fourth in the finals at the Indiana Relays on Saturday with a time of 8.60. Weatherford opened with an 8.64 in the preliminaries which was fourth fastest and followed that up with an 8.61 in the semifinals on Saturday which was third fastest. Weatherford leads the Valley in the hurdles and ranks 46th in the nation.