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Spring has sprung for collegiate athletesPosted Monday, April 11, 2011, at 7:03 PM
Taylor University has had a strong season in track and field thus far and Bowling Green native Adam Schroer has been a big part of that success.
Schroer was named the Mid-Central College Conference Outdoor Athlete of the Week on March 21 after his effort in the 10,000-meter event at the Rhodes College Open Meet in Memphis, Tenn.
Schroer ran a time of 31:43.78 to place sixth at Rhodes. His time was the fifth fastest time in school history for the distance event. The time was also a "B" Standard qualifying time for the NAIA National Championships held in May at Indiana Wesleyan University.
As a junior last season, Schroer competed in the marathon event at the NAIA National Championships.
On April 2, Schroer competed for Taylor at DePauw University and placed fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:58.
In last weekend's Little State Championship that featured smaller colleges and universities from Indiana, Taylor's men placed seventh out of 17 teams and got six team points from Schroer with his third-place finish in the 10,000 with a time of 32:11.13.
Taylor University is back in action this weekend with a Saturday trip to the Manchester Invitational.
At Indiana State, the Sycamore track and field teams competed at Charleston, Ill. in the Eastern Illinois University for a three-day competition.
Sycamore junior, Kylee Thacker, a Northview graduate, came home first in the 10,000-meter run, winning in a time of 38:51.14.
Also in action over the weekend was former Northview standout Samantha Solomon, a freshman at Indiana Tech. Solomon placed 15th in the shotput with a heave of 36-4. A couple of her former rivals were competing for Vincennes University as Terre Haute South grad Ariane Bell placed fifth for the Crusaders with a throw of 40-1 1/2 and Bloomington North alum, Rachel Deloney placed fourth at 41-1.
The University of Southern Indiana Track and Field teams competed in Missouri last weekend at Washington University.
The men's team placed 13th out of the 27-team field and gathered big points in the 5,000-meter event.
Northview graduate John Latta placed 11th in the race with a time of 15:07.06 as six Screaming Eagle runners finished in the top-12 overall.
One week earlier at the Billy Smith Invitational at Vincennes University, Latta had an extraordinary meet with a victory in the 1,500 meters (4:09.96) and a third-place in the 800 meters (2:04.01).
Clay City graduate Cole Schroer registered a seventh-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 111-5.
Hanover College senior Andrea Thomas, a Northview graduate, won the pole vault by clearing 9-0 ¼ at Anderson University's Raven Outdoor Invite on April 2. Thomas also placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 13.74 and was sixth in the 200 meters (30.74).
Hanover competes on Friday night at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invite.
At Rend Lake College, the men's golf team competed in the John A. Logan Invitational at Kokopelli Golf Course, placing fourth out of seven teams on March 27-28.
The Warriors finished with a score of 623 to placed 38 strokes behind the winning team of Indian Hills Community College.
Northview graduate Kade Baker shot an 82 and a 79 to finish at 19-over-par, 161, for a 25th-place finish.
This weekend, Rend Lake will compete in Whittington, Ill. at the Rend Lake College Invitational.
In softball action, the Olney Central Blue Knights and former Northview standout, Emily Phillips, improved to 26-10 overall and 15-5 in the Great River Athletic Conference with a sweep of Lincoln Trail.
The Lady Knights shut out the Lady Statesmen 8-0 in the opening game of the doubleheader and followed that with a 6-0 victory.
Phillips was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the second game victory.
The previous weekend, Olney Central was 2-2 with a 5-3 win in eight innings and a 10-4 Friday victory against Southwestern Illinois before dropping a pair at home to Wabash Valley.
In the 5-3 win, Phillips was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. She later followed that by drilling her third home run of the season for the Knights lone run in the 3-1 loss to Wabash Valley. Phillips was 2-for-3 in the game. In the final game of the weekend, Phillips added a 2-for-4 game with a run scored in the 5-4 loss.
Though fully updated stats were not available, through 16 games of the season, Phillips was leading the team with a .464 batting average, 18 RBI and 13 runs scored.
The Lady Knights host Kaskaskia on Saturday for a noon doubleheader.
The Indiana State Sycamores have compiled a 12-19 overall mark and a 3-8 record in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Former Knight, Stephanie Jonson, has hit .274 over 29 games this season. She's scored 11 runs and has driven in seven runs for the Sycamores. Jonson has walked 11 times and has a .376 on-base percentage.
At Glenville State, the Lady Pioneers got off to a slow start, opening the year with a 1-9 record, but have rattled off an 11-7-1 mark to improve to 12-16-1 overall and 8-4 in conference play.
Former Knight, Shelby Colson has hit .227 over 18 games this season and has four RBI in 44 at-bats for the Pioneers.
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