SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Senior Felisha Johnson, junior Greggmar Swift, and former Sycamore great Kylie Hutson were the stars of the day for Indiana State as the second day of the Meyo Invitational, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, came to an end.
“We had some good moments,” Angela Martin, Indiana State women’s track & field coach, said. “Fe was steady like usual while Leeann (Michl) had some great competition and got out faster than she normally does. Carmelia (Stewart) had a nice PR in the triple jump. We pressed a little bit in some events but we keep making progress towards our team goals.”
Johnson established her second meet record of the weekend as she won the women’s shot put with a heave of 55-feet-9.25-inches (17.00 meters). The Sycamore senior also set the meet record in the weight throw on Friday with a winning distance of 68-feet-3.25-inches (20.81 meters).
Swift won his 12th straight race in the men’s 60 meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.79 seconds in the finals Saturday. Purdue’s Brandon Winters was second (7.95). The Sycamore junior tied his career best with a 7.72 finish in the semifinals which was the top time heading into the finals. Swift also had the top time in the preliminaries of 7.86.
Hutson is a former All-American for Indiana State who now competes for Nike while also being a volunteer assistant coach for the Sycamores. She has had a busy weekend as she was inducted into the Indiana Track & Field Hall of Fame Friday night and then travelled to South Bend to compete in the pole vault invitational.
The former Sycamore broke the Meyo Invitational record and the Loftus Sports Center/Meyo Field record when she cleared 15-feet-1-inch (4.60 meters) to win the pole vault invitational. The height currently ranks second in the United States and fourth in the World rankings. Sycamore senior Richelle Kimble placed sixth in the event by clearing 12-feet-3.5-inches (3.75 meters).
Senior Leeann Michl came within a half second of her career best but still ran a season best 2:08.87 in finishing fifth in the women’s 800 meters. Junior Shelby Higginbottom ran a career best 2:13.37 to finish 19th. Senior Stacia Weatherford was 10th (24.83) and sophomore Demetria Camble 26th (25.39) in the 200 meters.
Sycamore junior Jessica Zangmeister ran a career best 9:59.73 to finish ninth in the women’s 3,000 meters which is also the ninth fastest in Indiana State history. Senior Hanna Mercer just missed a PR with a 10:25.79 finish and 33rd overall.
Sophomore Carmelia Stewart soared to a career best in the triple jump with a distance of 39-feet-11.5-inches (12.18 meters) which placed her ninth overall. Senior Shalesa Smith was 10th with a distance of 39-feet-8-inches (12.09 meters). Freshman Whitney Walker placed 14th in the shot put with a heave of 43-feet-2.25-inches (13.16 meters).
Justin Baxtron finished sixth in the men’s 200 meters with a time of 21.89 while junior Keith Housley was 27th (22.34) and sophomore Devin Price 44th (22.73), both setting career bests with their runs. Junior Max Tuttle was 40th in the 400 meters (49.41) with sophomore Ryan Dickson 43rd (49.50) while freshman Michael Steele (50th) finished with a personal best 1:56.80 in the 800 meters.
Corey Hahn ran a career best 4:15.85 in the mile to finish 32nd overall while Tristan Selby ran a career best 8:35.41 to finish 21st in the men’s 3,000 meters. The 4x400 meter relay team of Arqeil Shaw, Max Tuttle, Ryan Dickson, and Brian Martin ran a season best 3:15.68 in placing 16th overall.
Junior Robert Webb had a jump of 46-feet-11-inches (14.30 meters) to place 11th in the triple jump. Freshman Derek Bunch led the Sycamore contingent in the shot put with a heave of 52-feet-6-inches (16.00 meters) to place 14th. Junior Chris Fields tied for 16th with a career best distance of 59-feet-9.25-inches (16.96 meters) while freshman Sean Dennis went 45-feet-8.5-inches (13.93 meters) to place 26th.
In a late result from Friday, Sophomore Arqeil Shaw ran the fifth fastest 500 meter time in school history as he finished in 1:05.40 which placed him 12th overall. Senior Brian Martin ran 1:06.91 (22nd overall) and sophomore Ray Skamay finished in 1:08.78 (31st overall).