Neither the steeplechase nor the hammer throw is an event found in Indiana high school track and field competition.
Yet two county graduates excelled in these events last week, with Rose-Hulman’s Ryan Meyer, a Center Grove High School graduate, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships, and Indianapolis’ Farin Hickman, a Whiteland Community High School graduate, winning the women’s hammer throw event at the Little State Track and Field Championships.
Meyer’s winning time, in a field of 13 runners, was 9:58.72; and Hickman defeated 27 other competitors with a throw of 166 feet, 11 inches.
Farin Hickman competed in two other events at the Little State Track and Field Championships, finishing fifth of 29 in the shot put (43-2½) and fourth of 18 in the javelin (108-8¾). Teammate Melissa Rios was fifth of 24 in the 100-meter dash (12.41) and fourth of 21 in the 200 (25.63). In the men’s hurdles events, the Greyhounds’ Robert Geis was seventh of 17 in the 110 meters (15.20) and fifth of 19 in the 400 (57.23).
Competing at the Army Six Way Track and Field Meet, the Cadets’ Corey Stewart was 14th of 18 in the 5,000 meters (16:46.48).
The Southern University softball team (8-31, 8-6) won two of three games against Prairie View A&M. Harley Roller had two hits and scored one run in six at-bats in two of the games and is hitting .269 (25 for 93).
The Southern Indiana softball team (19-16) lost doubleheaders to both Truman State and Quincy. Brooke Harmening had three hits in 12 at-bats and is hitting .339 (39 for 115). She pitched in three of the games, starting and losing two. In 11 2/3 innings she gave up 21 hits, 16 earned runs and 10 walks while striking out 10. She has a 12-7 record with a 2.14 ERA.
The Indiana State softball team (22-19, 4-10) won two of three against Missouri State.
Shelby Wilson had one hit,
one RBI and one run scored in nine at-bats and is hitting .295
(26 for 88).
Franklin lacrosse player Katie Blake was honored on senior night before the 1-3 Grizzlies’
19-16 loss to Wilmington.
The Franklin tennis team defeated Anderson 7-2 and Hanover 5-4. Jared Hunt won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 singles and 8-2 at No. 2 doubles against Anderson and won 6-1, 6-1 in singles and lost 8-6 in doubles against Hanover.
The Franklin baseball team (16-12, 7-7) won one of three against Manchester. Tyler Ison had one single, one home run, three RBIs and one run scored
in 12 at-bats and is hitting .268
(22 for 82).
The Liberty baseball team (29-9) won three against Longwood and lost one to Virginia Tech. Ashton Perritt had one hit and scored one run in 15 at-bats and is hitting .250 (35 for 140).
Indiana’s Sydney Clute was third of 12 in the women’s pole vault (12-10¼), and Notre Dame’s Conner Stapleton was fifth of 10 in the 400 hurdles (56.21) in the Border Wars Track and Field Invitational in which Purdue and Indiana defeated Notre Dame and Louisville.
Butler’s Shelbi Burnett
was third of nine in the steeplechase (11:30.35) at the University of Illinois Track and Field Twilight Invitational.
Xavier’s Delainey Burnett was 15th of 25 in the 5,000 meters (19:40,10) at the All-Ohio Track and Field Invitational.
Watson was seventh of 29 in
the shot put (42-8¼) and fifth of 31 in the discus (144-10¼) at the Little State Track and Field Championships.
In a dual track and field meet with IPFW, Ball State’s Jordan Timmons was third of five in the 800 meters (2:27.69) and third of six in the 1,500 (4:57.60).
Rose-Hulman’s Nathan Catt was second of 27 in the 5,000 meters, (15:52.48), losing by 0.4 of a second, at the Little State Track and Field Championships.
Branam was 13th of 19 in the
1,500 meters (4:36.93) at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships.
Sarah Richert and Diane Jones won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles in Indiana Wesleyan’s 9-0 tennis win against IU-Southeast.
The Bellarmine tennis
team defeated St. Joseph’s 9-0. Jamie Claeys defeated Emily Claeys 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, and she and her partner defeated Emily and her partner 8-3 at
No. 3 doubles. In Bellarmine’s
5-4 win against McKendree, Jamie won 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 and 8-2. In
St. Joseph’s 8-0 loss to Indianapolis, Emily lost 6-3, 6-0 and 8-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Ball State’s Luke Andersen won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles and lost 8-7 at No. 3 doubles in a 4-3 tennis win against Western Michigan.
Carly Campbell had six goals and one assist for the Franklin lacrosse team (1-3) in a season-
ending 19-16 loss to Wilmington.
The Purdue lacrosse team
(1-8) lost 8-4 to Indiana and defeated Miami, Ohio, 10-8. Brandon Gridley had one ground ball and won 5 of 8 faceoffs against Indiana and had one ground ball against Miami.
Rose-Hulman’s Kent Kraus was 17th of 40, second for the Engineers, with scores of 75-80—155 at the Defiance Golf Invitational.
The Marian baseball team (12-17) split two games against Grace and lost two to Mount Vernon Nazarene. Brice Laigle had three hits and scored two runs in seven at-bats in three games and is hitting .333 (13 for 39).
Brad Walker is batting .208 (11 for 53) in 33 games, 17 as a starter, for the IU-Southeast baseball team (26-20).
Brock Sokolowski is hitting .353 (6 for 17) in seven games for the Danville Community College baseball team (18-9), and pitcher Zach Anderson is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in four games. In 19-1/3 innings he has given up 13 hits and six walks and has struck out 14.
Shelby Shaffer is batting .422 (19 for 45) with two home runs,
18 runs scored and eight RBIs in 15 games, 13 as a starter, for the Anderson softball team (18-5, 8-0).
The Taylor softball team
(30-9, 16-4) won twice against both Grace and Indiana Wesleyan. Anna Gunderson had two singles, two doubles and three runs scored in 15 at-bats and is hitting .336 (40 for 119).
Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise won the 100-meter dash (11.25) and the 200 (23.51) at the University of Illinois Twilight Track and Field Invitational.
Franklin’s Anna Murdock won the 800 meters (2:23) and the 1,500 (5:04.26) and was a member of the winning 1,600 relay team at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships.
Franklin’s Ashley Myers was third of 14 in the 800 meters (2:27.90), eighth of 12 in the triple jump (32-0¼), 13th of 19 in the javelin (72-3) and a member of the winning 1,600 relay team at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships.
Sammy Wilkerson, 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, was the winning pitcher in 9-18 Grace’s 9-2 baseball win against St. Francis, Indiana. The freshman went five innings and gave up six hits, two runs and one walk and struck out three.
Franklin’s Clay Warner
was fourth of 23 in the long jump
(21-1½) at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships.
The Franklin tennis team
defeated Anderson 7-2 and Hanover 5-4. Luke Snyder won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles and 8-2 at No. 2 doubles against Anderson and won 6-1, 6-1 in singles and lost 8-6 in doubles against Hanover.
The Ancilla softball team
(8-12) lost two games to Jackson Community College and
split two with Lake Michigan. Hannah Moore had one hit and three runs scored in nine at-bats in the four games and is batting .167 (8 for 48).
The Rose-Hulman baseball team (16-8) lost to Illinois Tech and won three against Mount St. Joseph. Donnie Waters had three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in nine at-bats and is hitting .289 (24 for 83).
Brett Schultheis was the
losing pitcher in Marian’s
9-4 baseball loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene, yielding 10 hits, nine earned runs and two walks, and striking out two in 5-1/3 innings. He has a 2-2 record with a 7.00 ERA.
The Indianapolis women’s tennis team lost 6-3 to Lewis and won 8-0 against St. Joseph’s. Taylor Eckert, who is 13-3 in singles and 14-4 in doubles this year, won 7-5, 7-6 at No. 3 singles and lost 8-2 at No. 1 doubles against Lewis and won 6-0, 6-0 and 8-2 against St. Joseph’s.
The Ohio Northern tennis team defeated Muskingum and Marietta by 9-0 scores. Brittany Toney won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles and 8-0 at No. 1 doubles against Muskingum and 8-1 in doubles against Marietta.
The IU-Southeast tennis team lost 6-3 to Aquinas and 9-0 to Indiana Wesleyan and won 6-3 against Taylor. Katie Walsh lost in straight sets at No. 1 singles in each match and won one of three doubles matches, defeating Taylor 8-6.
The Franklin tennis team defeated Anderson 7-2 and Hanover 5-4. Ryan Hammer won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and lost 8-1 at No. 1 doubles against Anderson and lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 8-3 to Hanover.
Indianapolis’ Kailey Evans was 14th of 24 in the 100 meters (13.02), ninth of 20 in the long jump (16-10) and third of 10 in the triple jump (33-11) at the Little State Track and Field Championships.
Franklin’s Erica Christy was second of 13 in the shot put (37-3¼), eighth of 13 in the discus (93-9) and 14th of 14 in the hammer (77-8) at the Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships.
The Butler softball team
(17-23, 5-6) lost 2 of 3 to Villanova. Chelsea Norwood is batting .255 (26 for 102) after going hitless in eight at-bats in the three games.
The Franklin softball team (15-15, 3-7) lost twice to Bluffton and split two games with Rose Hulman. Katie Struewing had one double, one RBI and one run scored in 13 at-bats in the four games and is hitting .350 (35 for 100). Anna Schwomeyer had one double and two RBIs in five at-bats in three games and is hitting .200 (9 for 45).
The Taylor softball team (30-9, 16-4) won doubleheaders against Goshen and Indiana Wesleyan. Alex Lovelace was eight for 17, with six runs scored, two doubles, four stolen bases and one RBI and is batting .479 (68 for 142).
The Southeastern softball team (25-12) won two against Webber International and lost two to Embry-Riddle. DeVyn Barker was six for 10 in the four games, with three runs scored, one double and two RBIs. She is batting .298 (28 for 94) in 37 games, 36 as a starter.
The Iowa Western baseball team (31-8) won four against Muscatine Community College. Alex Krupa was 7 for 10 at the plate, with seven RBIs, three stolen bases, five runs scored, one home run and one double and is now batting .406 (28 for 69) in 29 games.
Zack Shultz is batting .275
(25 for 91) for the Hanover baseball team (8-16, 4-10).
The Marian baseball team (12-17) split two games with Grace and lost two to Mount Vernon Nazarene. Conner Beidelman had two hits in seven at-bats in the four games, with one RBI and one run scored and is batting .182 (8 for 44).
The Anderson baseball team (16-9, 9-5) lost to Wabash and won two of three against Defiance. Conner Morris was six for 15, with one double, four runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base and is hitting .293 (27 for 92).
Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School send ideas for the College Update column to email@example.com.