TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Two more student athletes have signed their National Letter of Intent to compete for the Indiana State men’s track & field team beginning with the Fall 2013 season according to John McNichols, head coach of the Sycamore men’s track & field team.
One of the top male pole vaulters to ever attend Indiana State, Kyle Johnston (Penn High School is part of a great pole vault family that includes his father, Robb, the 1982 Indiana State champ, and his grandfather, Jim, who was the 1954 Indiana State Champion.
“It is great that we have an athlete the caliber of Johnston coming in,” McNichols said. “He is the highest recruited vaulter that we have ever brought into the program and he will have an immediate impact on the conference level as well as his goal of being a national caliber vaulter. Jeff Martin did a great job of working through this recruiting process with Kyle.”
Johnston continues that legacy as he won the 2012 Indiana State pole vault title by clearing 16-feet-1-inch, won the 2012 Midwest Meet of Champions by clearing 16-feet-9-inches, and placed eighth at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships by clearing 15-feet-11-inches.
Sprinter Carl McQuay (Lafayette Jefferson High School) has also signed his National Letter of Intent to compete for Indiana State. McQuay competed in three events at the Indiana State Outdoor Championships last year as a junior as he placed 12th in the 200 meters, eighth in the long jump, and fourth as a member of the Lafayette Jefferson 4x400 meter relay. He also competed at state as a sophomore in the 100 (19th), 200 (13th) and as part of the 4x100 meter relay (23rd).
“McQuay is a very gifted, all-around athlete” McNichols said. “He has lots of potential in several event areas including a possible multi-eventer but initially we will focus on the horizontal jumps, particularly the long jump. We will also use him as a sprinter on our team. He will add depth to our horizontal jump group and since we are losing some outstanding sprinters, we hope that he will be the guy fill in for them and continue our tradition of outstanding sprinters.”
A potential multi-event athlete for the Sycamores, McQuay has a personal best 10.93 in the 100 meters, 21.87 in the 200 meters, 6-feet in the high jump, and 22-feet-5.5-inches in the long jump.