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College track athletes in action; hoop season winds down

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Nikki Royer is a fifth-year pole vaulter for Indiana State.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The Indiana State Sycamores had several members of their indoor track team compete at the DePauw Invitational last Friday evening.

Senior Emily Pugh had an excellent performance in the meet, placing eighth in the one-mile run with a time of 5:29.85.

On Jan. 31 at the Indiana Relays held at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse at Indiana University, Pugh competed in the 5,000 meters and placed eighth in the event with a time of 18:48.37.

Indiana State coach, John Gartland, spoke in glowing terms when referring to what Pugh has meant to the Sycamore squad during her career.

"Emily has had a great career as a cross country runner here at Indiana State, but she has improved a lot on the track also," Gartland said. "This weekend at Iowa State, she will run the 5,000 shooting for a personal best. She is ranked fourth in the MVC in that event. She will return next fall in a fifth year for her in cross country. I look forward to her leadership."

Pugh's former Northview teammate, Nikki Royer, is in her fifth year at ISU and already owns a degree. However, she's hoping to add the icing to what has been a successful Sycamore career.

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Devon Chamberlain is a sprinter for Marian College.
"Nikki graduated last year, and I was delighted that she chose to go to graduate school and come back in this fifth year," Gartland said. "She has vaulted well, setting an indoor best of 12 feet even, and is tied for fourth in the Missouri Valley with that mark. She has twice been an All-MVC finisher (top three) in the conference meet. She is shooting for that again in a few weeks."

Royer also competed at the Indiana Relays and placed fifth in the pole vault after clearing 11-4 for the Sycamores.

Next season, Northview senior Kylee Thacker will continue the Knights' tradition at ISU by joining the cross country and track teams. Gartland is excited to have Thacker on his squad and believes that she is going to be a key addition.

"Kylee is a great addition to our team for next year. She really came into her own during her junior year in cross country when she finished 37th in the state meet in 19:49," Gartland said. "Since that time, she has struggled with injuries, but has stayed very positive in her goals. I look forward to her being ready to go in cross country and contributing right away. She will also be one of our best students, and this is on a team that again this year was named as an Academic All-American team."

The track and field team is headed to Iowa State to begin competition running tonight through Saturday evening.

Rose-Hulman freshman, Jordan Maurer, is a former Knight that is competing for the Engineer's track and field team this season. With the indoor season in full swing, Maurer placed sixth in the Friday Night Invitational at Rose-Hulman on Jan. 23. He cleared 11-7 " for his top height of the season thus far.

The meet was a bit of a reunion of sorts as Hanover sophomore Andrea Thomas also competed in the meet in her second season with the squad. Thomas and Maurer were teammates with the Knights.

Thomas competed with her team at the DePauw Invitational on Feb. 6 and placed 13th in the pole vault by clearing 8-0 ."

The Engineers are back in action this weekend with a meet at the indoor facility at DePauw beginning at 11 a.m. Hanover next competes at the Hoosier-Buckeye Meet in Terre Haute on Feb. 21.

Marian College's Devon Chamberlain is a member of the track team once again and competed against some tough competition at the Taylor Indoor Invitational last weekend. Chamberlain raced to a time of 6.98 in the 55-meter dash preliminaries, which placed him 29th in a group of 56 sprinters. He also raced to a 36th-place finish in a 50-runner field in the 200 meters with a time of 25.65.

Chamberlain's 4x200 meter relay team placed fifth in 1:38.27.

The Marian Knights resume their season on Friday night in the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington before coming home to host the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.

Former Northview Knight, John Latta, is in his first track season with the University of Southern Indiana.

On Saturday, Latta competed at Indiana University in the Hoosier Invitational and placed sixth in a 21-runner field in the one-mile run. Latta raced to a time of 4:28. At the Hoosier Relays on Jan. 31, Latta placed 28th in the mile with a time of 4:33.22.

Former Clay City Eel, Cole Schroer, placed 12th in the 400 meters at the Hoosier Invite with a time of 55.08 for the Screaming Eagles. In the Hoosier Relays, Schroer raced to a 41st-place in 54.17.

The collegiate basketball season is hitting the late stages of the schedule and IUPUI junior, Julie Whitted has added an award to her growing collection.

The former Knight was named the IUPUI Female Student-Athlete of the Month for January.

Whitted averaged 15.1 ppg. and 10.1 rpg with six double-doubles for the Jaguars in the month. On Jan. 26 she matched her career-high with 27 points against Oakland while grabbing a season-high 14 rebounds.

The award is the second of her career after earning the award in February of 2008.

The Jaguars most recently avenged a loss to North Dakota State by downing the visitors 63-41 as Whitted scored 18 points and added nine rebounds.

This season, Whitted has averaged 13.7 ppg. and 8.6 rpg. while leading the team with 64 blocked shots.

At Lincoln Christian College, sophomore Josiah Brock has helped the Preachers string together an eight-game winning streak to even its season mark at 11-11.

Over the last 10 games, Brock has averaged 6.6 ppg. over that span while pulling down nearly five boards per contest. He's also dished out 2.5 assists per game.

Brock has played in each of the games this season and has averaged more than 24 minutes per game.

The Marian College Knights have struggled mightily during their conference slate, posting just one win against 12 losses in men's basketball.

Perhaps part of that is due to the absence of Heath Chamberlain, who has missed the last nine games due to injury. The Knights have gone 1-8 over that span.

Chamberlain has averaged 7.8 ppg. and 3.3 rpg. this season and has hit 61 percent of his shots from the field and 87 percent (20-of-23) from the free throw line.