Courtesy: ISU Athletics
Sprinters Lead Sycamore Effort At Grand Valley State Big Meet
Courtesy:ISU Athletics



ALLENDALE, Mich. Katie Wise kept her winning streak against Division I contenders intact despite finishing second overall in the women’s 60 meter dash with a career best time of 7.42 seconds. Indiana Tech’s Adella King was the race winner in 7.36 seconds.


Wise advanced to the finals by winning her heat in the preliminaries with a time of 7.51 seconds. Demetria Camble also advanced to the finals and finished eighth in 7.70 seconds after running 7.71 in the preliminary round.


“Overall we didn’t have many letdowns,” Geoff Wayton, Indiana State assistant track & field coach, said. “The kids really got after it against some good competition. I am really proud of the way the kids responded to the competition despite getting in late due to all the snow last night.”


Wise followed that up with a third place finish in the 200 meters as she was timed in a career best, and the third fastest in Sycamore history, of 24.19. Camble was fifth, also running a career best at 24.70 which is the sixth fastest in Sycamore history.


Jessica Zangmeister ran the second fastest indoor 5,000 meters in Indiana State history and finished 14th overall with a career best time of 17:09.40.


Lizzy Herron placed 43rd in the 400 meters (1:01.44) while Kalli Dalton was the top Sycamore finisher in the mile as she placed 17th in 5:01.68. Kelly Steffen, Taylor Gilles, and Jalencia Lemons did not advance out of the women’s 60 meter hurdle preliminaries with Steffen 19th (9.07), Gilles 20th (9.13), and Lemons 31st in (10.52).


Katie Bekavac cleared a career best height of 5-feet-4.5-inches (1.64 meters) to place 10th in the high jump with Rachael Johnson and Ioanna Kolsidou both clearing 5-feet-3-inches (1.60 meters) to tie for 11th.  Richelle Kimble, Alyssa Markiewicz, and Lauren Rice each cleared 12-feet-0.5-inches (3.67 meters) in the women’s pole vault with Kimble placed fifth, Rice eighth, and Markiewicz 13th. The height was a career best for Markiewicz.


Kaisha Martin was sixth in the long jump with a distance of 17-feet-11.5-inches (5.47 meters) and Shalesa Smith placed third in the triple jump at 39-feet-0.5-inches (11.89 meters).


Katelyn Rutz and Whitney Walker established career bests in the women’s weight throw with Rutz going 51-feet-0-inches (15.55 meters) to place 10th and Walker 44-feet-7-inches (13.59 meters) to finish 15th. Dawnielle Passmore was 13th with a distance of 46-feet-8-inches (14.24 meters).


Rutz, Walker and Passmore all had career best efforts in the shot put with Walker going 45-feet-0.25-inches (13.72 meters) for fifth, Rutz throwing 44-feet-7-inches (13.59 meters) for seventh, and Passmore 42-feet-5.5-imches (12.94 meters) in finishing ninth.


Shaun Smith came within a hundredth of a second of his career best in the men’s 60 meters as he placed fifth overall in 6.90. Smith ran the same time in the preliminaries. Keith Housley also made the finals after running 6.94 in the preliminaries, finishing seventh overall with a career best 6.93 seconds. Smith came back to run a career best 22.06 and finish 13th in the 200 meters while teammate Justin Baxtron had 22.01 to place 12th.


Arqeil Shaw led a large number of Sycamores in the men’s 400 meters as he placed ninth overall with a career best 48.84 seconds. Max Tuttle was 13th in 49.30, Ryan Dickson ran a personal record (PR) 49.34 to place 14th, and Jonathan Jackson was 15th in 49.40. Michael Steele ran a career best 1:54.20 in the 800 meters to finish 13th while Corey Hahn competed in the mile and also finished 13th in a personal best 4:11.96.


Taylor Head ran to a 12th place finish in the 3,000 meters with a personal best time of 8:28.29 while Tristan Selby continued to lower his time in the men’s indoor 5,000 meters as he finished in 19th place with a career best 14:48.25.


Maurice Lyke won the preliminaries of the men’s 60 meter hurdles (8.09) but had to withdraw from the finals. Duane Brown finished second (8.04) in the finals after running 8.15 in the preliminaries. Not making it out of the preliminaries was Robert Webb (18th with a new PR of 8.35), Jonathan Jackson (21st in 8.41), Brett Wehmiller (25th with a new PR of 8.51), and Max Tuttle (36th in 8.71).


Webb placed ninth in the high jump by clearing 6-feet-4.7-inches (1.95 meters) and 10th in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-7.25-inches (6.58 meters). Wehmiller and Jamal Hampton each cleared 6-feet-3.25-inches (1.91) to finish 10th and 11th, respectively, in the high jump.


Connor Curley took over the Valley lead in the pole vault by clearing a career best height of 16-feet-2.75-inches (4.95 meters) to finish fifth. Webb was 10 th in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-7.25-inches (6.58 meters).


Derek Bunch was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 42-feet-10.75-inches (16.12 meters) while Sean Dennis had a career best throw of 50-feet-3.25-inches (15.32 meters) to place ninth. Dennis also had a career best throw of 56-feet-7.5-inches (17.26 meters) in placing 10th in the weight throw with Justin Applegate 11th at 56-feet-01.25-inches (17.10 meters) and Bunch 12th at 54-feet-0-inches (16.46 meters).  


Arqeil Shaw, Max Tuttle, Ryan Dickson, and Jonathan Jackson combined to place eighth in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:15.08.


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