Courtesy: ISU Athletics
Johnson Breaks Weight Throw Record Again; Wise Continues Winning Streak
Courtesy:ISU Athletics



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’ Felisha Johnson returned to the venue where she set the school record in the women’s weight throw this past December and established a new school record with another winning effort in the Lantz Gymnasium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University Friday.


Johnson was just one of five women winners on the night but was the only double winner. The senior captured the women’s weight throw with a career best distance of 75-feet-8-inches (23.06 meters) to break her own school record by almost five inches.


The distance also broke Johnson’s own Lantz Gymnasium record that she set in December and the Friday Night meet record of Southern Illinois’ Brittany Riley of 22.07 meters set in 2006. The Sycamore also won the shot put with a distance of 53-fet-11.75 meters (16.45 meters).


Katie Wise remained undefeated against Division I competition in the women’s 60 meter dash as she was the fastest in the preliminaries at 7.61 seconds and the fastest in the finals at 7.51 seconds. Teammate Demetria Camble was just a step behind, finishing second in the prelims at 7.71 and second in the finals at 7.61.


Kalli Dalton captured the women’s 800 meters in 2:19.47 with Hanna Mercer third in 2:23.52. Macey Black was third in the 200 meters with a time of 25.96 seconds. Kelly Steffen and Jalencia Lemons advanced to the finals of the 60 meter hurdles with Steffen finishing seventh (9.03) and Lemons eighth (9.21). Steffen was sixth fastest in the prelims (9.04) with Lemons eighth fastest (9.61).


Besides Johnson’s wins in the shot put and weight throw, the Sycamore women also won the high jump and triple jump competitions. Ioanna Kolsidou cleared 5-feet-5.25-inches (1.66 meters) to win the high jump while Nikija Pujate soared a career best distance of 37-feet-5.75-inches (11.42 meters) to win the triple jump.


Kalyn Davis was third in the high jump (5-feet-4.25-inches) with Katie Bekavac fourth (5-feet-2.25-inches) and Audrey Hawthorne sixth (5-feet-0.25-inches). Steffen finished third in the long jump with a distance of 18-feet-3.25-inches (5.57 meters). Rachael Johnson (10th) and Lizzy Herron (11th) both reached 16-feet-4.25-inches.


Richelle Kimble was the top Sycamore in the pole vault, tying for second by clearing 12-feet-6.5-inches (3.82 meters). Lauren Rice (sixth), Alyssa Markiewicz (seventh), and Hannah McKnight (eighth) each cleared 11-feet-6.5-inches.


Whitney Walker was fifth in the shot put (42-feet-4.75-inches) with Katelyn Rutz sixth (42-feet-2-inches), and Dawnielle Passmore eighth (40-feet-7.5-inches). Passmore was also fifth in the weight throw (54-feet-4-inches) with Walker 10th (47-feet-1-inch).


Robert Webb was the lone winner on the men’s side as he captured the high jump by clearing 6-feet-6-inches (1.98 meters). Jamal Hampton tied for second (6-feet-4-inches) with Brett Wehmiller tying for fifth (6-feet-0-inches).


The other bright spot for the Sycamore men came from Derek Bunch who posted the sixth best distance in the shot put with a heave of 58-feet-1.75-inches (17.72 meters) to place second in the event. Chris Fields was fifth (54-feet-1.25-inches) and Sean Dennis eighth (50-feet-9.25-inches).


Fields was third in the weight throw (61-feet-6.75-inches) with Bunch fourth (59-feet-11.25-inches) and Justin Applegate fifth (59-feet-2.75-inches). Dennis was 12 th in the competition (50-feet-7.5-inches).


Connor Curley (eighth) and Drew LaMaster (ninth) both cleared 16-feet-0.75-inches (4.90 meters) with Wes Schenck tying for 10th (15-feet-7-inches).


Also on the men’s side, Shaun Smith, Keith Housley and Justin Baxtron all advanced to the finals of the 60 meters where Smith finished second (6.90 seconds), Housely fourth (6.92) and Baxtron fifth (6.98). Smith ran 6.92 in the prelims, Housley 6.91, Baxtron 7.00, and Devin Price 7.02 to finish 10th overall.


Max Tuttle was fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.79 while Brad Adams was seventh in the 800 meters in 1:59.16, and Gabe Ocasio fourth in the mile in 4:19.99. Brian Martin led the Sycamore 400 meter competitors by finishing fifth (51.08) with Ryan Henrickson ninth (51.91), Michael Steele 11th (51.99), and Ray Skamay 12th (52.47).


Duane Brown and Jonathan Jackson reach the finals of the 60 meter hurdles with Brown finishing second (8.07) and Jackson fifth (8.31). Brown was also second fastest in the prelims (8.13) with Jackson fifth (8.31) and Marcus Neely ran 8.43 to finish 10th overall.



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