CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Sycamore women’s track and field team dominated the field and the men were second on a warm and windy night at the Illinois Twilight meet in Champaign, Illinois.
The women got off to early lead and never let up, as they won with 250 points over second place Illinois’ 141 points. Loyola placed third with 117 points, Iowa was fourth with 108 points and Butler rounded out the top five with 61 points. The men got behind early and were never able to reel in the Fighting Illini on their senior day. Illinois won the meet with 253 points, the Sycamores were second with 158 points, Iowa placed third with 128 points, Loyola was fourth with 77 points, and Eastern Illinois rounded out the top five with 75 points.
Senior Greggmar Swift ran under the facility record, but was beaten by Vanier Joseph who now holds the facility record in a time of 13.41 seconds, Swift was a step behind at 13.43 seconds. They are currently first and second nationally. Swift also ranks second in school history in the event.
Senior Mary Theisen won the shot put to start off the meet with a throw of 54 feet 11.25 inches. That mark currently ranks her sixth nationally. She was backed up by teammates Whitney Walker and Katelyn Rutz in second (46 feet 5.50 inches) and third (46 feet 1.25 inches) respectively. Theisen didn’t stop there, as she threw 174 feet 10 inches to place second in the discus throw, which was good for 16th nationally.
A few events later, junior Carmelia Stewart led a 1-2-3 sweep in the long jump after jumping 19 feet 3.25 inches to get the win. She was followed by senior Kelly Steffen placed second with a jump of 19 feet 1.25 inches and junior Kaisha Martin was third at 18 feet 9.75 inches. Stewart also won the triple jump at 39 feet 5 inches.
Sophomore Katie Wise had a dominant performance, winning the two events, as well as a leg on the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team. Her time of 11.25 seconds in the 100 meter dash ranks her sixth in the nation and her win in the 200 meter dash of 23.51 seconds ranks her 21st. The 4 x 100 meter relay team, also consisting of Alethia Marrero, Demetra Camble, and Kaisha Martin won in 45.24 seconds. Camble also placed second in the 100 meter dash in 11.81 seconds, as well as the 200 meter dash placing third in 24.32 seconds. Marrero followed up her race with a big win in the 400 meter hurdles in 59.71 seconds, which ranks her 40th in the nation.
The women began to really open their early lead with sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph’s win in the pole vault, as she cleared 13 feet 4.50 inches. Senior’s Hannah McKnight and Lauren Rice both made history, as they moved up the all-time list in the pole vault. Knight cleared 12 feet 8.75 inches for third (sixth all-time) and Rice cleared 12 feet 2.75 inches for fifth (eighth all-time).
The Sycamore men were dominant in the 400 meter hurdles, as they went 1-2-4 in the event with junior Jonathan Jackson winning the event in 52.14 seconds (29th in the nation). Senior Max Tuttle placed second in 52.37 seconds (38th in the nation), junior Arqeil Shaw placed fourth in 52.97 seconds.
Junior Byron Ferrell cleared 16 feet 8 inches in the pole vault to place third overall with junior Wes Schenck and sophomore Connor Curley placing fifth and sixth both clearing 16 feet even.
Sophomore DeSean Prentice placed third in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet 6.75 inches and freshman Devyn Mikell placed second in the long jump with a jump of 22 feet 7.25 inches and the triple jump with a jump of 42 feet 2 inches.
Senior Kevin Piraino picked up a fourth place finish in a hot 400 meter dash race, as he ran 47.66 seconds. Freshman Carl McQuay placed fourth in the 200 meter dash in 21.58 seconds.
The meet concluded with the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay getting the victory in a time of 3:44.87. The men placed fourth in a time of 3:15.53. Freshman David Timlin placed third in the 1500 meter run in a time of 3:47.71 and sophomore John Mascari placed eighth in 3:53.60.
The Sycamores will send three runners to the Mt. SAC Relays this Thursday, while the rest of the team will travel to the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State.