Four more nationally ranked performances by Valley Athletes are honored in this week's Indoor Track and Field Notebook.
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Greggmar Smith, Jr., Indiana State, Bridgetown, Barbados
Indiana State junior Greggmar Swift dominated the 60 meter hurdles at the Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre Dame this past weekend, running his winning streak to five straight meets and 12 straight races for the 2013 indoor season. Swift posted the fastest time in the preliminary round Friday of 7.86 seconds and came back later in the day to run the fastest in the semifinals by matching his personal best of 7.72 seconds. He followed that up by winning the finals with a time of 7.79 seconds as he outran Purdue’s Brandon Winter (7.95) to pick up the victory. Swift continues to lead the Missouri Valley Conference for the event and is ranked fourth nationally. He also ranks 22nd in the world standings.
Other Notable Performances: Austin Brogan, Drake; Coty Kramer, Illinois State; Matt Benes, Southern Illinois; Jake Wike, Wichita State
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Rachel Brewer, Jr., Illinois State, Tuscola, Ill.
In her first 5,000-meter race of the season, junior Rachael Brewer toed the line against some of the nation’s best runners at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame this past weekend. With an opening mile split of 5:17, Brewer showed her toughness, splitting the second mile in 5:20, before finishing the race with a personal-best time of 16:41.14 for fifth place. That time crushed her previous career-best time by 33 seconds (17:14.37), and ranks her No. 3 in the Redbird history book in the event. She also moved herself to No. 20 on the national charts and ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference by over 19 seconds. The Tuscola, Ill., native also holds the No. 2 Valley spots in the mile and 3,000-meter run, with times of 4:50.19 and 9:44.72, respectively. She has now set new personal-best times in all three events she has competed in this season.
Other Notable Performances: Sarah McMahon, Bradley; Marissa Smith, Drake; Leeann Michl, Indiana State; Althia Miximilien, Missouri State; Kelley Gallagher, Southern Illinois; Natalie Morerod, Wichita State
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Brandon Pounds, Sr., Indiana State, Indianapolis, Ind.
Indiana State senior Brandon Pounds smashed the Indiana State record in the men’s weight throw and set a new meet record at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame on Friday as he won the event with a distance of 73-feet-11.5-inches (22.55 meters). The distance moved Pounds to the top of the national list and to the top of the Missouri Valley best list while also putting him third in the United States among collegiate and professional athletes. Pounds out threw Purdue’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (66-feet-10-inches) and Sycamore teammate Chris Fields (64-feet-5-inches) who were second and third, respectively.
Other Notable Performances: Isaac Twombly, Drake; Bradley Sauer, Southern Illinois; Jeff Conner, Wichita State
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Felisha Johnson, Sr., Indiana State, Indianapolis, Ind.
Indiana State senior Felisha put her name in the record book twice at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame this past weekend as she set new meet records in winning the shot put and weight throw which marked the third time this season that the senior has won both events in the same meet. Johnson opened the competition by winning the weight throw with a meet record distance of 68-feet-3.25-inches (20.81 meters). The senior leads the nation and the Valley in the event while also ranking third in the United States among collegiate and professional athletes. Two other athletes from the top 50, Purdue’s Dani Bunch (eighth) and Mississippi’s Jazmin Miller (33rd) finished second and third, respectively. Johnson followed that effort up on Friday as she won the shot put with a distance of 55-feet-9.25 meters (17.00) to establish the new meet record. The Sycamore ranks second nationally and leads the Valley while also being ranked third in the United States among collegiate and professional athletes. Louisville’s Khadija Abdullah (ranked eighth) and Purdue’s Dani Bunch (ranked 12th) finished second and third, respectively.
Other Notable Performances:Brittany Smith, Illinois State; Kim Fortney, Southern Illinois; Tanya Friesen, Wichita State