After a weekend of competition down south, Indiana State track and field returns home to the Gibson Track & Field Complex to host the annual
Gibson Invitational this Thursday-Saturday (Apr. 15-17). Due to COVID-19 guidelines and spacing within the facility, there will be no spectators allowed at the 2021 Gibson Invitational.
Several Sycamores made their marks in the Indiana State record book last weekend at the Crimson Tide Invitational. JaVaughn Moore ran the third-fastest time in ISU history in the 100-meter dash en route to a win, clocking the best MVC time of 10.39. In the men’s 800-meter run, Leroy Russell placed second overall, posting the best time in the conference of 1:50.19, also the sixth-best time in ISU history. On the women’s side, Ryann Porter had her best day in a Sycamore uniform, taking fourth in the women’s triple behind a personal-best jump of 12.36m (40-06.75), the sixth-best jump in Sycamore history.
The men’s 4X100-meter relay squad of Jarel Shaw, JaVaughn Moore, Jhivon Wilson and Noah Malone continue to dominate the Missouri Valley Conference. Against some of the top relay teams in the nation at Alabama, the group placed fifth with a season-best time of 40.60 pushing them to 29th in the East and giving them a lead in the Valley by over a second.
In the current NCAA East Region standings, eight Sycamores find themselves in the top-50. JaVaughn Moore (25th, 100m), Leroy Russell (36th, 800m), Will Smith (49th, 800m), the men’s 4X100-meter relay team (29th), Nick Schultz (42nd, High Jump), Nathan Kiger (44th, High Jump), Ryann Porter (31st, Triple Jump), Wyatt Puff (48th, Shot Put) all appear in the standings. The top-32 athletes in each event will qualify for the regional.
Freshman Noah Malone earned his second-consecutive MVC Male Track Athlete of the Week Award for his performances against Eastern Illinois. Malone continued his dominance on the track for the Sycamores on against EIU. The freshman once again collected a pair of victories in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, clocking a wind-aided (2.2) time of 10.55. His time was once again faster than the Americas and USA Para World Records and is now 46th in the NCAA East Region. He followed that performance with a victory in the 200-meter dash, running faster than the Para World Record for the second week in a row, recording a wind-aided (3.3) time of 21.07 to reclaim the MVC lead.
Sycamores Jayla Bynum and Jocelyn Quiles made their way into the ISU record book for the women against EIU. Bynum won the javelin throw against the Panthers with the seventh-best mark in ISU history of 39.13m (128- 04) while Quiles took first in the 3000-meter run with the seventh-best time in Sycamore history of 9:59.27. On the men’s side, Noah Malone’s 200-meter dash time of 21.07 is the ninth-fastest in Indiana State history.
In their first scored meet of the season, the Indiana State men and women were both victorious over Eastern Illinois. Indiana State’s men ended with a 112-58 advantage over the Panthers while the women claimed the team victory with a 106-65 win.
In the first outdoor meet of his Sycamore career, Will Smith had a strong performance for the Trees in the men’s 800-meter run. Smith ran the sixth-fastest time in Indiana State history in the 800-meter run of 1:50.62 to claim a second-place finish.
Sycamore track and field was in the hunt for a championship through the very end at the 2021 MVC Indoor Championships. Indiana State’s men claimed the runner-up position as a team, falling narrowly to Northern Iowa, 167.5-165, by way of the 4X400-meter relay. The women took fourth as a team, falling to Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa.
A duo of Sycamores was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference following the MVC Indoor Championships for their performances on the track and in the classroom. Mia Mackenzie earned the Elite 17 Award for being the female athlete with the best GPA in the meet. On the men’s side, Matthew Lewis-Banks was named the MVC Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete for holding the highest national ranking at the conclusion of the meet, ranking 28th in the NCAA in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85.
Five Sycamores earned individual championships at the 2021 MVC Indoor Championships, four of which came from the men’s side. Matthew Lewis-Banks earned his second consecutive
title in the 60-meter hurdle while JaVaughn Moore also earned back-to-back titles in the 60-meter dash. In the men’s high jump Nick Schultz claimed his first championship and Dearis Herron was victorious in the long jump. On the women’s side, Jocelyn Quiles put on a dominant performance to win the women’s 3000-meter run on day two.
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