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Sycamores Wrap Up 2014 Regular Season at Panther Twilight Meet

May 10, 2014


CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Sycamores won nine events and improved a few key marks, as they wrapped up their regular season at the EIU Last Chance Twilight meet.


The women’s 4 x 100 meter relay team of sophomore Demetra Camble, sophomore Katie Wise, freshman Alethia Marrero and junior Chidera Obasih won their event in a time of 44.76 seconds for a big season best time. This ranks the group 11th in the East Preliminary region, which puts the team in a great position for nationals.


Junior men’s pole vaulter Byron Ferrell also imporved his position in the rankings with a second place finish in the pole vault after clearing 17 feet 00.25 inches. He now ranks 25th in the East Preliminary.


Senior Chris Fields made his way into the top 48 rankings in the shot put after throwing 57 feet 2.25 inches to get the win. That mark ranks him 44th in the East Preliminary. Fields also won the hammer throw, as the first collegiate in the competition with a toss of 188 feet 11 inches and placed second in the discus with a throw of 155 feet 11 inches.


The Sycamore women high jumpers placed 1-2 among collegians, as freshman LeVisa Evans and senior Rachael Johnson both cleared 5 feet 5.75 inches. Sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph won the pole vault with a clearance of 13 feet 00.75 inches.


Junior Kaisha Martin placed second in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 5.5 inches and freshman Mandy Jones placed third with a jump of 19 feet 4 inches. Former Sycamore Felicia Johnson won the women’s shot put with a toss of 61 feet 10.5 inches, but senior Mary Theisen was the first collegiate finisher with a throw of 54 feet 10 inches. Theisen also led a 1-2 finish in the discus with a winning throw of 173 feet 7 inches and sophomore Katelyn Rutz was behind her with a throw of 154 feet 6 inches. Theisen earned runner-up honors in the hammer throw with a throw of 169 feet 5 inches.


Senior Greggmar Swift had a tight battle with Durell Busby of Wisconsin Milwaukee, but Swift ultimately finished second by .01 seconds in a time of 13.57 seconds. Freshman Daley Carter ran a big race for fourth in a time of 14.34 seconds. Senior Max Tuttle led an impressive showing by the 400 meter hurdle crew, as he won in a time of 52.08 seconds with junior Arqeil Shaw third in 52.83 seconds. Senior Ray Skamay placed fifth in a time of 53.60 seconds.


Freshman Carl McQuay placed fourth in the 200 meter dash in a time of 21.64 seconds, but was third among collegians to hold down the sprints.  Sophomore De’Sean Prentice took runner-up honors in the high jump after clearing 6 feet 6 inches. Freshman Devyn Mikell jumped 23 feet 8.25 inches in the long jump to get the victory and conclude the regular season for the Sycamores.


The teams will head to Carbondale, Illinois next weekend for the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field championships hosted by Southern Illinois. The men have won three straight championships and the women won a year ago.

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