CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – The Indiana State men’s track & field team captured their second Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship in three years while the Sycamore women posted their best finish since 2001 as the 2013 MVC Indoor Championships closed Sunday at the University of Northern Iowa.
“We put ourselves in a hole after the first day and struggled with some lane assignments due poor qualifying,” John McNichols, Indiana State men’s track & field coach, said. “But we started really positive today and just like last year outdoors, this team responded to the situation and each one stepped up and did a little better. We slowly got back into things and finally were in control of things by the mile relay I certainly like the way the guys got after it today.”
Indiana State won the men’s team title with 164.5 points while Wichita State was second with 137. Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa tied for third with 121 points with Drake fifth at 70 and Illinois State sixth with 43.5 points.
“This was a great team effort,” Angela Martin, Indiana State women’s track & field coach, said. “We had a chance to win it but this was a huge accomplishment in just one year. We have a lot of heart and earned more points than we were supposed to get. Really looking forward to the outdoor season.”
Wichita State won the women’s championship with 147 points while the Sycamores were second with 138. Illinois State was third with 122 points with Missouri State fourth at 88, Southern Illinois fifth with 77, Northern Iowa sixth at 41, Bradley seventh with 25, and Drake eighth with 24 points.
Several Sycamores received individual honors at the conclusion of the competition Sunday. Kelly Steffen and Max Tuttle received the MVC Elite 18 award which goes to the female and male athlete with the highest grade point average at the championships. Greggmar Swift was named the Championships Most Valuable men’s track athlete while Felisha Johnson was named the Most Valuable female field athlete. McNichols also received his second Indoor Coach of the Year award.
Six Sycamores were crowned champions on the second day of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. Greggmar Swift, Arqeil Shaw, and Derek Bunch each claimed a conference title on the men’s side while Katie Wise, Leeann Michl, and Kimyana Rudolph won a conference crown on the women’s side.
Greggmar Swift broke the MVC Indoor Championship meet record and the UNI Dome record while also posting a career best time of 7.67 seconds in winning the men’s 60 meter hurdles. The time is the fifth best in the nation. Adarius Washington was second for Indiana State in 7.97 with Duane Brown fifth in 8.19.
Katie Wise remained undefeated in the women’s 60 meters against Division I competition, capturing the 2013 MVC Championship with a time of 7.51 seconds. Just two-tenths of a second separated the eight runners. Pernell Joseph of was second in 7.54. Kaisha Martin was fourth in 7.66 with Demetra Camble fifth in 7.67.
Arqeil Shaw ran to victory in the finals of the men’s 400 meters, coming from behind in the final 100 meters to win the MVC Championship in a career best 48.79 seconds. Shaw edged out Wichita State’s D.J. Lindsay who was second in 49.14.
Derek Bunch won the MVC title in the men’s shot put with a career best distance of 59-feet-6.25-inches (18.14m) which is the second best in Indiana State history. Sean Dennis placed sixth with a career best distance of 54-feet-8.75-inches (16.68m) while Chris Fields was eighth at 53-feet-1.75-inches (16.22m).
Kimyana Rudolph captured the MVC Indoor title in the women’s pole vault by clearing a career best height of 12-feet-11.5-inches (3.95m). Richelle Kimble tied with Northern Iowa’s Libby Torresani for second as each cleared 12-feet-7.5-inches (3.85m). Indiana State’s Alylssa Markiewicz, Hannah McKnight and Lauren Rice tied for seventh as each cleared 11-feet-5.75-inches (3.50m).
Stacia Weatherford was edged at the finish line by Drake’s Sarah Yeager with both runners timed in 8.43 seconds in the women’s 60 meter hurdles. The time was a career best for Weatherford who also lowered her school record time in finishing second. Carmelia Stewart was fifth in the event with a time of 8.76.
Justin Baxtron was edged at the finish of the men’s 200 meters by Northern Iowa’s Jordan Guske with Keith Housley finishing in seventh place. Baxtron ran a career best 22.11 in finishing second by just two-hundredths of a second while Housley finished in 23.00 seconds.
Felisha Johnson could not pick up her second MVC Championship today, finishing second in the women’s shot put with a throw of 54-feet-3.25-inches (16.54m). Three freshman also competed for Indiana State and did well as Whitney Walker was eighth at 44-feet-8.75-inches (13.63m), Katelyn Rutz ninth at 43-feet-9-inches (13.33m), and Dawnielle Passmore 15th at 40-feet-4-inches (12.29m).
Robert Webb captured third place in the men’s Heptathlon broke his own school record by scoring 5,405 points. Webb finished second in the Heptathlon 60 meter hurdles with a career best 8.30 seconds, was fifth in the pole vault by clearing a career best 14-feet-9-inches (4.50m), and then ran a career best 2:48.64 in the 1,000 meters on Sunday.
Maurice Lyke had a career best leap of 49-feet-5.5-inches (15.07m) to place third in the men’s triple jump. The distance ranks him 11th on ISU’s all-time list. Sycamore teammate Robert Webb was sixth with a distance of 46-feet-5.5-inches (14.16m).
Indiana State finished third, fourth, and fifth in the men’s 60 meter dash with Keith Housley leading the way by finishing third in 6.87 seconds. Shaun Smith took fourth place in 6.92 with Justin Baxtron fifth in 6.93
Kalyn Davis had an outstanding competition in the high jump as the freshman finished third in the high jump by clearing a career best height of 5-feet-7-inches (1.70m) which ties her for 11th best all-time. Ioanna Kolsidou finished seventh by clearing 5-feet-5-inches (1.63m) while Katie Bekavac, Audrey Hawthorne, and Rachael Johnson each cleared 5-feet-3-inches (1.60m). Bekavac and Johnson tied for 12th with Hawthorne placed in a tie for 15th by misses.
Shalesa Smith and Carmelia Stewart established career bests in the women’s triple jump. Smith placed fifth overall with a distance of 40-feet-5.5-inches (12.33m) while Stewart went 40-feet-0.5-inches (12.20m) for sixth. Smith ranks third on the Sycamore all-time list with Stewart fourth. Kelly Steffen almost matched her personal best in finishing 17th overall with a distance of 36-feet-4.25-inches (11.08m) which was a quarter-inch short of her career best set in 2011.
Robert Webb, competing in his fourth event of the day, finished in a tie for fifth in the men’s high jump by clearing 6-feet-6-inches (1.98m).
Kalli Dalton ran in the fast heat of the women’s mile and was nearly knocked down twice at the start of the race, going on to finish in 28th with a time of 5:19.18. Hanna Mercer ran in the opening heat and finished 25th overall in 5:15.67.
Jonathan Jackson ran to a fourth place finish in the men’s 800 meters with a career best time of 1:53.61 which is the 11th fastest in school history.
Macey Black, Stacia Weatherford, Leeann Michl and Shelby Higginbottom finished third in the women’s 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:47.42. Arqeil Shaw, Max Tuttle, Ryan Dickson, and Jonathan Jackson combined to finish fourth in the men’s 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:20.16.