April 18 through Saturday April 20, the Indiana State Sycamores Track & Field team will host the annual Pacesetter Sports Invitational event at the Gibson Track & Field Complex. This upcoming invitational is alumni weekend for the Indiana State Track & Field team. 27 seniors from the team will be honored this Saturday. The Sycamores will be competing against Dayton, Detroit Mercy, Eastern Illinois, Hanover, Holy Cross, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, IUPUI, Lipscomb, Marian, Oakland, Tallahassee Community College and Xavier this weekend. 

This is head coach Angela Martin’s third year directing and coaching Indiana State’s track and field program. After serving as the interim director for the men’s and women’s Cross Country and Track & Field team during the 2017 season, Martin was anointed the official head coach position in May 2017 by ISU Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales. He graduated from Indiana State University in 2002 with a bachelor’s in art and a minor in physical education. Martin was an All-American 800-meter runner, finishing eighth in the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships with a then-school record time of 2:06.19. Martin began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the Sycamore during the 2002-2003 season and she eventually became the women’s head coach during the 2010-2011 season. 

The Sycamores have been through a lot of success during Martin’s coaching tenure, including one Olympian (Felisha Johnson), two NCAA champions, 30 All-Americans, 45 NCAA National Qualifiers, three MVC team titles, 359 All-MVC members, and six XC All-MVC members. 

Martin’s current team has many talented runners and throwers. 

In 2018, senior distance runner Brooke Moore earned All-MVC honors after placing second in the 1500-meter run at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships with a time of 4:30.56. Redshirt senior thrower Erin Reese was named the MVC Most Outstanding Female Field athlete after claiming the MVC Championship in the weight throw with a mark of 21.06m, which is second in school history. Senior distance runner Akis Medrano earned All-MVC honors at the MVC Championships after finishing second in the 5K run with a time of 14:51.63. 

You can expect all of these athletes and more to put on a show this weekend at the Pacesetter Sports Invitational and continue to exceed everyone’s exceptions once again. The games will begin this Thursday at 11 a.m.