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College update: Indian Creek grad shines for Grizzlies in track


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After an outstanding indoor track and field season, which included a number of first place finishes including the 800-meter Heartland Conference Championship, Franklin’s Anna Murdock opened the outdoor season with impressive wins at the Hanover Track and Field Invitational.

The junior, an Indian Creek graduate, set a Franklin College record in winning the 400-meter dash in 59.90. In addition, she won the 800, an event in which she set the conference record in 2013 with a time of 2:18.91.

Her winning time this year was 2:24.13. Her wins earned her the Heartland Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week award.

Indian Creek

Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise, who earned Division I All-American honors with a fifth place finish in the 60 meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, opened the outdoor season by winning the 100 dash at the Cornell Spring Invitational at Carbondale, Ill., in a time of 11.41. She was the only runner to break 12 seconds.

Marian tennis player Taylor Kinney won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and lost 8-4 at No. 2 doubles in a 5-4 loss to St. Francis, Ill.

The IUPUI softball team (12-15) won two games against Dayton, lost two to North Dakota State, and split two with Green Bay. Lindsey Richards had two hits, including a home run; three RBIs; and two runs scored in 15 at-bats in the six games and is hitting .136 (9 for 66).

Center Grove

Rose Hulman’s Nathan Catt won the 800 in a field of 26 runners (2:01.45)) at the Hanover Track and Field Invitational. Teammate Ryan Meyer was 10th of 27 in the 1500 (4:18.33).

Butler’s Shelbi Burnett won the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:01.29) at the Oliver Nikoloff Track and Field Invitational at the University of Cincinnati. Xavier’s Delainey Burnett was 13th of 24 in the 5000 (18:34.19); and Indianapolis’ Katy Watson was eighth of 16 in the shot put (39-10¾), fourth of 14 in the discus (139-1), and 16th of 21 in the hammer throw (125-7) at the same meet.

The Ball State tennis team defeated Butler 7-0 and lost 4-3 to Toledo. Luke Andersen won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and 8-7 at No. 3 doubles in the win and 6-2, 6-4 and 8-3 in the loss.

In his last home match on Seniors Day, Indianapolis tennis player Caleb Fellers won 6-4, 7-5 at No. 5 singles in a 9-0 defeat of Illinois-Springfield.

Jamie Claeys won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles and 8-0 at No. 3 doubles in Southern Indiana’s 8-1 women’s tennis win against Illinois-Springfield.

Emily Claeys lost 9-7 at No. 3 doubles in St. Joseph’s 5-0 tennis loss to McKendree.

The Purdue lacrosse team (0-6) lost 17-4 to Minnesota and 11-10 to Central Michigan. Brandon Gridley won seven of seven faceoffs against the Gophers and six of six against the Chippewas. He has won 40 of 53 faceoffs this season.

Kent Kraus finished fourth for Rose-Hulman and 16th of 60 overall with scores of 79-80-159 at the Rose Hulman Golf Invitational.

Brice Laigle is batting .250 (5 for 20) for the Marian baseball team (7-10).

The Anderson softball team (9-2) won twice against Franklin. Shelby Shaffer had one home run, three singles, three RBIs, five runs scored and three stolen bases in eight at-bats and is hitting .421 (16 for 38).

The Indiana softball team (9-23-1) lost two of three to Ohio State. Natalie Lalich had one hit, one RBI and one run scored in seven at-bats in two of the games and is hitting .286 (14 for 49).

The St. Joseph’s softball team (11-13) won two against Lewis and split two with Wisconsin-Parkside. Alex Franklin pinch hit twice in the four games and had one hit. She is batting .154 (2 for 13).

The Taylor softball team (20-7, 6-2) won twice against St. Francis, Ill. Anna Gunderson scored one run in five at-bats and is hitting .316 (24 for 76).

Edinburgh

Ashley Meyers finished ninth of 19 in the 1500 meters (5:26.70) and second of four in the triple jump (31-11) at the Hanover Track and Field Invitational.

Franklin

Marian’s Brett Schultheis pitched a two hit shutout in the 7-10 Knights’ 2-0 baseball win against Huntingdon, walking four and striking out five. In his next start he took his first loss of the season, giving up four hits and four runs to the only batters he faced. The sophomore is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA.

The Rose-Hulman baseball team (11-4) won three games against Hanover. Donnie Waters had one double, three singles, two RBIs and two runs scored in 13 at-bats and is hitting .273 (15 for 55).

Pitching for the Northwest Florida State baseball team (22-11) in a 6-5 loss to Gulf Coast State, Jeremy McKinney gave up two hits, one walk and one run in 1-2/3 innings and struck out one. He has a 2-0 record with a 1.73 ERA.

Luke Snyder lost 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles in Franklin’s 8-1 tennis win against Hartwick at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Greenwood

Hanover’s Zack Shultz is batting .258 (16 for 62) after going three for 12, with one double, one run scored and two RBIs in the Panthers’ (6-10) three baseball losses to Rose-Hulman.

The Anderson baseball team (12-4) won three games against Mount St. Joseph. Conner Morris had three hits, including a double; two RBIs and three runs scored in 13 at-bats and is hitting .255 (12 for 47).

Conner Beidelman is batting .091 (2 for 22) for the Marian baseball team (7-10).

Alex Lovelace, who is batting .510 (49 for 96), had three hits in eight at-bats, with two RBIs and four runs scored, in the 20-7 Taylor softball team’s two game sweep of St. Francis, Ill.

Chelsea Norwood had two hits, two RBIs and five runs scored in six at-bats for the Butler softball team (10-19) in two wins against Northern Kentucky and is hitting .243 (17 for 70).

The Southeastern softball team (24-11) won two against both Columbia College and Mount Mercy and split two with Ave Maria. DeVyn Barker had two singles, one double and two runs scored in 15 at-bats in the six games and is batting .322 (19 for 59).

The Franklin softball team (10-8, 0-2) lost two to Anderson. Katie Struewing had one double, one single, one RBI and two runs scored in six at-bats and is hitting .397 (25 for 63). Anne Schwomeyer was hit-less in three at-bats in the second game and is hitting .242 (8 for 33).

The Indianapolis women’s tennis team defeated Southern Indiana and Illinois-Springfield by 9-0 scores. Taylor Eckert won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and 8-5 at No. 3 doubles against USI and 6-0, 6-1 and 8-2 in her last home match on Seniors Day against Springfield.

Katie Walsh lost 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles in IU-Southeast’s 8-1 tennis win against IU-East.

Ohio Northern’s Brittany Toney won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6 singles and 9-8 at No. 1 doubles in a 9-0 tennis win against Wittenberg and lost 6-1, 7-6 and 9-7 in a 5-4 win against Mount Union.

The Norfolk State tennis team defeated Chowan 9-0, Coppin State 6-0, and Maryland-Eastern Shore 5-0. Kent Austin won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles and 8-3 at No. 3 doubles against Chowan, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles against Coppin State, and 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and 8-0 at No. 1 doubles against Eastern Shore.

Ryan Hammer won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and 8-3 at No. 3 doubles in Franklin’s 8-1 tennis win against Hartwick.

Competing at the Hanover Track and Field Invitational, Franklin’s Erica Christy was second of 14 in the shot put (36-3), 15th of 25 in the discus (79-4¾), and eighth of 10 in the hammer (77-8).

Whiteland

Franklin’s Jared Hunt won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and 8-3 at No. 2 doubles in an 8-1 tennis defeat of Hartwick.

The Franklin baseball team (13-7) lost to Spalding and won two of three against Earlham. Tyler Ison had six hits, including a home run and a double, in 18 at-bats and is hitting .314 (16 for 51).

The Liberty baseball team (21-7, 8-1) won three games against Presbyterian, all shutouts. Ashton Perritt had three singles, one triple, two RBIs and one run scored in 11 at-bats and is hitting .255 (27 for 106).

The Indianapolis men and women competed at the Oliver Nikoloff Track and Field Invitational at the University of Cincinnati. Farin Hickman won the women’s javelin (111-08), was fifth of 16 in the shot put (42-8¾), and was eighth of 21 in the hammer (153-11). Melissa Rios was eighth of 15 in the 200 dash (26.72), and Robert Geis was 12th of 17 in the men’s 110 hurdles (15.96) and 12th of 19 in the 400 hurdles (59.96).

The Indiana State softball team (17-14, 2-6) won one of three against Illinois State. Shelby Wilson had four singles, one home run, three RBIs and one run scored in 10 at-bats.

The Southern University softball team (3-28) lost two to Samford and one to Nichols State before winning two of three against Grambling. Harley Roller had one home run, two singles, three RBIs and one run scored in 15 at-bats and is hitting .270 (20 for 74).

The Southern Indiana softball team (14-11) lost two to Bellarmine, won two against McKendree, and split two with Illinois-Springfield. Brooke Harmening had three singles, one double, one home run, three RBIs and three runs scored in 18 at-bats and is hitting .329 (26 for 79) with three home runs. She pitched 22-1/3 innings in five of the games, starting three, and won two, lost one and earned one save while giving up seven earned runs, 20 hits, and nine walks and striking out 19. She has a 9-4 record with a 1.56 ERA.

Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School. Send ideas for the College Update column to rmorwick@dailyjournal.net.

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