Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The Indiana State Sycamore track and field team will play host to its lone home meet of the outdoor season today with the running of the Pacesetter Invitational at Marks Field.
There will be plenty of competition at the meet, including several former Northview Knights, in action as athletes from 15 different schools are expected to compete beginning at 9 a.m.
Teams from Chicago State, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Grand Valley State, Indiana Tech, Indianapolis, IUPUI, Lewis, Marion (Ind.), Millikin, Rose-Hulman, Southern Indiana, St. Joseph's (Ind.), and Vincennes are expected to join Indiana State for the event. The afternoon will also feature Senior Day introductions for 13 different Sycamore athletes beginning at 6:20 p.m.
Michael Disher, Tykeen Fulton, Michael Roberts, Steven Swinford, Daryl Truitt, and Konstantinos Tzirtziris from the men's team and Alicia Fritschi, Kelsey Hanley, Allison Malone, Chenelle Martin, Rachel Posey, Bethany Scruton, and Kelsie Slater from the women's team will be recognized for their careers at Indiana State.
"Each of these seniors has made outstanding contributions to the team throughout their four years of competition," John McNichols, Indiana State men's track & field coach, said. "This is their final home meet and I am sure that they will be giving it everything they have in front of the home crowd."
Having a home meet at this point in the season may prove to be beneficial to the ISU squad as they continue to work on improving their performances ahead of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month.
"The kids are excited to compete at home," Angie Martin, Indiana State women's track & field coach, said.
"Hopefully that will translate into good performances. We don't get to compete at home that much and this is a great opportunity for them in front of their family and friends to post personal best efforts."
Today, the women's shot put is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. with Solomon listed in the second of three flights.
The University of Southern Indiana track and field team has a pair of Clay County athletes on the roster as Northview's John Latta competes in distance events and Clay City graduate, Cole Schroer competes in a variety of different events.
Currently, Schroer is listed as competing in the long jump, the 4x100 relay
For Indiana State, Conor Strain will compete unattached in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Kylee Thacker will race in the 1,500 meters. Shakamak graduate, Drew Gambill, will run in the 800 meters.
Competition begins with the women's hammer throw and men's shotput at 9 a.m. Track events will begin at 1 p.m. with the men's 5,000 meter fast heat.