By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The indoor track and field season is fully underway for collegiate teams around the state, which means that a number of local athletes have hit the track for competition in 2010.
Syca-more senior Erica Moore, a Sullivan High School graduate, and sophomore Jeremiah Vaughn continued their assault on Indiana State records this weekend as Moore posted her second fastest 800-meter time of her career and Vaughan came through with a personal best in the mile and the third best in school history.
Moore took third place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.20, which is just short of her ISU record performance of 2:04.94, which she set on the same track a year ago during the Stan Lyons Invitational. The time also puts her into the top 10 of the nation and could rank her as high as fifth after the weekend results are posted.
North-view graduate and Indiana State freshman, Kylee Thacker placed 60th in the women's 3,000 meter run on Saturday at the Meyo Invitational at South Bend on Saturday. Thacker finished the event in 10:30.93. The winner was Nicole Edwards running under the Saucony banner with a time of 9:09.32.
At DePauw University on Saturday, The Sycamore's continued their dominance in the field events as the women's track & field team captured the Tiger Invitational title Saturday and the men finished a close second Saturday at DePauw University.
On the men's side, Vincennes won the title with 119 points with the Sycamores a close second with 112 points. Wabash was third with 83, Rose-Hulman fourth with 78, Wilmington (Ohio) fifth with 48, DePauw sixth with 55, and Southern Indiana seventh with 21.
Former Clay City standout runner, Cole Schroer, placed 23rd in the 200 meters with a time of 24.95 for the University of Southern Indiana. He also placed 16th in the long jump with a leap of 17-8 ¾ and was 12th in the shotput with a heave of 30-7. Schroer is a junior with The Screaming Eagles.
Schroer's top times for the 2010 indoor season include a 1:29.13 in the 600 meters at the IU Relays where he finished sixth. He was also 23rd at the Gladstein Invitational with a time of 54.86 in the 400 meters.
Also at the IU Relays, former Northview runner, John Latta, was 34th in the mile run with a time of 4:30.25 and he clocked a time of 8:52.80 at the Gladstein Invite in the 3,000 meters. Latta and Schroer teamed with a pair of teammates to place 10th in the distance medley relay at the IU Relays as well.
Up next for Indiana State is a three-day event at the Iowa Invitational beginning on Thursday. The Screaming Eagle track and field teams will compete at Grand Valley State's Big Meet on Friday and Saturday.
At Olney Central, the Blue Knights fell in a regular-season sweep to Kaskaskia on Feb. 3, 75-57.
The Blue Knights got six points, two rebounds and three assists from freshman Austin Akers, a 2009 Northview graduate.
The loss drops Olney Central to 13-10 overall and 3-6 in the conference this season.
In OCC's previous contest, Akers had 15 points and 10 assists in an 83-82 overtime win over Southeastern Illinois on Jan. 30.
The season continues for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Northview graduate, Lexee Hayes.
The night before, Hayes posted four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes against Webster in a 72-64 loss.
The Pomeroys are now 7-12 overall and travel to Rose-Hulman this evening at 7:30 p.m.
At Lincoln Christian College, former Knight, Josiah Brock, had one of his top games of the season for the 10th-ranked Red Lions on Jan. 29.
Brock hit 10-of-13 fieldgoal attempts on his way to a 20-point night in a 78-57 win against Principia.
On Jan. 23, Brock went for 15 points in a 101-84 win against Fontbonne University.
The win improved LCC to 11-6 on the season.