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College update: Former Trojans runner leads Azusa Pacific charge


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Sarah Higgens, a Center Grove graduate, was the top runner for the Azusa Pacific women’s cross-country team when it won its first Pacific West Conference championship during a race in Kahului, Hawaii.

The Cougars junior finished sixth of 90 runners in the 5K race, contested on a hot and humid day, with a time of 18:43.20. She was named to the first-team All-Pacific West Conference Team as a result of her performance.

Center Grove

Megan Ryan was third for Benedictine and 24th of 101 overall in 25:45.48 at the 6K Northern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships. She received honorable mention on the all-conference team. Benedictine was fourth in the 11-team race.

Competing at the 5K Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships, Evansville’s Nicole Kreuzman was fifth for the Aces and 53rd overall with a time of 19:24. Evansville finished ninth of 10 teams.

Ryan Meyer finished 44th of 107 runners, 12th for second-place Rose-Hulman, in 28:41 at the 8K Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

Toledo freshman swimmer Kristen Nunnelly, competing in her first collegiate meet, a 199-96 win against Denison, won the 200 butterfly (2:05.09), the 500 freestyle (5:02.77) and the 400 IM (4:28.33).

The Indiana women swimmers defeated Michigan and lost to Texas in a three-way meet. Allie Day was third of 13 in the 200 backstroke (2:00.64) and fourth of 12 in the 100 backstroke (56.15).

The Arizona women’s swimming team defeated Washington State and won a three-way meet with Denver and Nevada-Las Vegas. In the Washington State meet, Emma Schoettmer won the 200 breaststroke, her only event, in 2:13.74. In the three-way meet she was second of 11 in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.22), third of 10 in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.97) and seventh of 12 in the 200 IM (2:11.48).

In Butler’s 62-40 exhibition men’s basketball win against Marian, Andrew Smeathers played 11 minutes and had nine points (3 of 4 3-point shots), two rebounds and one steal.

The Valparaiso volleyball team (16-10, 7-3) defeated IUPUI 3-2 and Wright State 3-0. Sarah Dooms had a double-double (13 kills and 23 digs), two blocks, one assist and one ace against the Jaguars and eight kills, 17 digs, one assist and one block against the Raiders.

The Toledo volleyball team (8-17, 2-10) lost 3-2 to Ball State and 3-1 to Akron. Adria Prior had 63 assists, nine digs, two kills and one block against the Cardinals. She started against Akron but played in only the first game and had four assists and two digs.

The Southern Indiana volleyball team (14-13, 10-4) lost 3-1 to Indianapolis and won 3-0 against St. Joseph’s. Kayla Heldman had 40 digs, four assists and one kill in the two matches.

The St. Joseph’s volleyball team (7-20, 1-12) lost 3-1 to Kentucky Wesleyan and 3-0 to Southern Indiana. Hannah Bedan had 10 kills, two assists, three digs, three blocks and three service aces in the two matches.

The Indianapolis volleyball team (24-3, 13-0) defeated Southern Indiana 3-1 and Kentucky Wesleyan 3-0. Arielle Knafel had 26 kills, eight digs and two blocks in the two matches.

Joel Cox had one solo tackle and two assists for the Ball State football team (6-3) in a 30-22 win against Army.

Starting defensive tackle Bryce Krebs assisted on five tackles for the Eastern Kentucky football team (6-3) in a 24-7 loss to Eastern Illinois.

Mike Wood averaged 59.2 yards on six kickoffs for Franklin’s football team (6-2, 6-0) in a 35-14 win against Defiance.

Nick Stoner caught one pass for 15 yards for the Indiana football team (3-5, 1-3) in a 31-17 defeat of Illinois.

Luke Swift caught one pass for 14 yards for the Miami (Ohio) football team in a 23-20 defeat of No. 24 Ohio University. Andrew Gudeman also saw action for the Red Hawks.

Sean Brooks had one solo tackle for the Anderson football team (0-8) in a 13-0 loss to Bluffton.

Kevin Wynn started for the first time and played in his second match of the season in DePauw’s 4-1 soccer win against Allegheny. DePauw is 12-1-4.

Edinburgh

Ashley Myers was third for Franklin and 27th of 96 runners in 25:58.1 at the 6K Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships. The Grizzlies finished third in a field of 10.

Jordan Burton played 22 minutes for the IU-South Bend basketball team in a 59-52 defeat of Brescia and had two points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

Sam Stinson has played in 91 of 96 games for the IU-South Bend volleyball team (11-15, 7-9) and has 75 kills, 64 digs, 12 assists and 13 blocks.

Greenwood

IU-Southeast tennis player Katie Walsh was named to the 12-player Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-conference team after IU-Southeast won its 14th straight conference title.

The Evansville swimmers and divers lost 152-116 to Illinois State and 148-55 to Miami. Diver Stephanie Tran was fifth of seven at 3 meters and sixth of seven at 1 meter against Illinois State and fourth of four in both events against Miami.

The Hanover volleyball team (18-13) defeated Franklin and Spalding 3-0. Ashley Burakiewicz had 18 kills, six digs, one assist and one block in the two matches.

Anderson’s soccer team (0-18) lost 5-0 to Manchester and 3-1 to Franklin. Goal keeper Danielle Gilles had five saves in each match.

Whiteland

Mitch Meador assisted on two tackles for the Cincinnati football team (5-2) in a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisville.

Kollin Wheat had four solo tackles for the Earlham football team (1-7) in a 55-10 loss to Hanover.

Lindenwood-Belleville women’s basketball player Blake Buchanan is redshirting this season.

In Rose-Hulman’s swimming win against Millikin, Stephanie Wolfersberger won the 50 freestyle (25.89), anchored the winning 200 medley relay team and was second of six in the 100 freestyle (57.55).

The Franklin, Illinois College, and Principia men and women competed at the Illinois College Swimming Invitational. In the men’s events, Franklin’s Seth Morin won the 1,000 freestyle (10:37.37) and was second of three in the 500 freestyle (5:17.06). In the women’s events, Illinois College’s Jordyn Perry was seventh of nine in the 200 freestyle (2:38.60) and fifth of seven in the 100 freestyle (1:18.74). The Franklin men and women defeated both Illinois and Principia. The Illinois College women won against Principia.

The Franklin men’s swimming team defeated Coe 154-43. Morin won the 200 freestyle (1:55.45) and was third of five in the 100 freestyle (53.64).

The Calumet of St. Joseph volleyball team (10-29, 3-12) defeated Purdue-Calumet 3-1 and lost 3-0 to Judson. Abby Hunsucker had 14 kills, two digs and three blocks in the two matches.

Indian Creek

Lewis swimmer Catie Reese won the 100 butterfly (1:01.62) in a three-way meet with Malone and Northwest Ohio.

The Indiana men’s swimming and diving team lost to Texas and Michigan in a three-way meet. IU diver Casey Johnson was seventh of nine at 3 meters and eighth of nine at 1 meter.

Swimming in a three-way meet with Asbury and Campbellsville, St. Catherine’s Jake Williams was second of three in the 100 butterfly (1:04.18) and fourth of four in the 200 freestyle (2:05.28) and the 500 freestyle (6:01.98).

Erica Von Stein started for the Regis basketball team and played 10 minutes in a 78-56 exhibition win against Johnson and Wales. She made her only two shots, both 3-pointers, and had five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Ethan Waltz had one solo tackle and four assists, and Vince Peiffer had one assist for the Hanover football team (6-2, 6-0) in a 55-10 win against Earlham.

Starting defensive end Josh Bales had two quarterback hurries and assisted on three tackles for the Franklin football team (6-2, 6-0) in a 35-14 win against Defiance.

Anna Murdock finished fourth of 96 runners, second for Franklin, in 23:49.7 at the 6K Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

Franklin

The Franklin women’s soccer team (6-7-3, 2-4-3) defeated Anderson 3-1 and lost 2-1 to Hanover. Vanessa Benham, who has scored seven of the Grizzlies’ 17 goals this season, five of them game-winners, substituted in both matches and had two goals against Anderson.

The Marian volleyball team (14-13, 11-7) defeated Grace 3-1. Katie Kelly had 36 assists, six kills, eight digs, two blocks and two service aces.

The Trine volleyball team (18-11, 9-7) lost 3-0 to Calvin and Hope. Lauren Verkamp had eight kills, 17 digs, one block and two service aces in the two matches. Megan Verkamp had four digs.

The Evansville swimmers lost 152-116 to Illinois State and 148-55 to Miami. Abby Smith won the 50 freestyle (24.37) and the 100 freestyle (53.18) and anchored the winning 400-yard medley relay team against Illinois State. In the Miami meet, she was second in the 50 (24.05) and third in the 100 (53.37).

The DePauw swimmers defeated Washington (Mo.) 193.5 to 86.5. Alex Grissom won the 200 freestyle (1:45.36), was third in the 500 freestyle (4:47.33) and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Natalie Grissom was fourth of six in the 1-meter diving event for Ball State in a swimming and diving win against Akron.

Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School.

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