Seven Sycamores Among Nation's Best; Track Teams Remain Nationally Ranked
February 7, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
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TERRE HAUTE, IND. - The Indiana State women's track & field team remained 35th in the national rankings while the men dropped two spots to 38th as the third week of the indoor ratings were released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Both teams remained seventh in the Great Lakes Region.
Seven members of the Sycamores are ranked among the best in the nation according to the national performance list.
The men's side is led by Major Clay who is third in the high jump. Greggmar Swift is ninth in the 60 meter hurdles while Brandon Pounds ranks 10th in the weight throw and Ernest Rollins 18th in the triple jump. Maurice Lyke also made a big jump in the rankings and improved to 46th on the long jump national performance list.
The women's side is led by Felisha Johnson who is second in the weight throw and ninth in the shot put. Nichole Hope currently ranks 19th in the pole vault while Mary Theisen is 20th in the shot put. ISU's Richelle Kimble is in the top 50 of the pole vault as she is ranked 46th this week.
Johnson ranks in the top 10 of two events as the Sycamore junior is second in the nation in the weight throw with a toss of 71'-1.25" (21.67 meters) and ninth in the shot put with a heave of 54'-7.25" (16.64 meters). Johnson is second in the Valley in the weight throw while she is third in the shot put. The junior leads the Great Lakes Region in both events.
Clay cleared 7'-4.25" (2.24 meters) to win the high jump during the Edmonds Cup at Purdue and automatically qualify for his third straight NCAA Indoor Championships. The height is the third best in the nation. The Sycamore senior leads the Missouri Valley Conference and has the top height in the Great Lakes Region.
Swift ran an Edmonds Cup record 7.77 in winning the 60 meter hurdles at Purdue and nearly matched that effort in winning the Meyo Invitational with a time of 7.78. The Sycamore sophomore leads the Missouri Valley Conference and has the top time in the Great Lakes Region.
Pounds has the 10th best weight throw in the nation with a toss of 67'-7.5" (20.61 meters) during the Coughlan-Malloy Cup competition at Illinois State on Jan. 14. That is second best in the Valley and third in the Great Lakes Region.
Hope cleared 13'-4.5" (4.08 meters) in her first pole vault competition of the season and that continues to be among the nation's best as she currently ranks 19th nationally. The senior leads the Valley in the event and ranks third in the Great Lakes Region.
Rollins currently ranks 18th nationally in the triple jump after recording the third best distance in Indiana State history with a leap of 51'-1.75" (15.59 meters) during the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame Feb. 3. The Sycamore senior leads the Missouri Valley and ranks second in the Great Lakes Region.
Theisen, a Division II All-American at Winona State University before transferring to Indiana State, currently ranks 20th nationally in the shot put with a heave of 52'-2.75" (15.92 meters) accomplished during the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 28. She also ranks fourth in the Valley and fifth in the Great Lakes Region.
Maurice Lyke established a personal best with a leap of 24'-2.25" (7.37 meters) to be the top collegian at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4. That is the ninth best distance in ISU history and moved the sophomore to 46th on the national performance list. Lyke leads the Valley and ranks third in the Great Lakes Region.
Richelle Kimble cleared a personal best 12'-9.5" (3.90 meters) at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 28, and currently ranks 46th on the national performance list. The junior currently ranks second in the Valley and seventh in the Great Lakes Region.
USTFCCCA NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Indiana State men's and women's track & field teams remain among the best in the nation as the third week of the rankings were released Tuesday.
Indiana State is the top Valley team in the USTFCCCA men's national rankings as they are ranked 38th this week. The Sycamores moved ahead of Southern Illinois who dropped five spots to 40th. Northern Iowa is ranked 100th with Illinois State 109th and Wichita State 128th. Among the Division I schools in Indiana, the Hoosiers are ranked 12th in the nation followed by Indiana State (38th), Purdue (60th), Notre Dame (64th), and Butler (124th).
The Salukis are 11th in the USTFCCCA women's national rankings to be the top team from the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State moved up one to 33 rd while the Sycamores of Indiana State remained 35th this week. Illinois State is 38th with Northern Iowa 74th. Among the Division I schools in Indiana, the Sycamores are the top team in 35th followed by Purdue (36th), Indiana (84th), Notre Dame (101st), and Butler (111th).
GREAT LAKES REGION RANKINGS
The third week of the Great Lakes Region rankings were also released Tuesday by the USTFCCCA with Ohio State leading both the men's and women's division.
The Indiana State men are ranked seventh in the men's rankings behind Ohio State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Michigan. Trailing the Sycamores in the top 15 are Kent State, Purdue, Central Michigan, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Butler, Marquette, and Cincinnati.
The Sycamore women are also ranked seventh in the women's rankings behind Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame. Trailing Indiana State in the top 15 are Cincinnati, Purdue, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Western Michigan, Butler, Miami (Ohio), and Akron.