The Indiana State track teams split this weekend traveling to Des Moines, Iowa and Columbus, Ohio to compete against some of the best teams in the country. The Sycamores brought back two titles to Terre Haute.
The Drake Relays is one of the most prominent, historic track meets in the country. Dating back to 1910, it has grown from a local track meet to a renowned athletic event. It now includes both collegiate as well as professional athletes, including some that compete in the Olympics.
ISU showed up and showed out at the relays including a title in the men’s shuttle hurdle relay team. Avery Taylor, Matthew Lewis-Banks, Tremaine Gonzalez and Daryl Black proved that seniority isn’t needed to beat the best. Between the four athletes, three of them are freshman. Avery Taylor is the oldest and he is only a redshirt sophomore. The team put together a time of 1:00.86 beating Oklahoma Baptist by under half of a second.
The women’s team also took part in the success of the shuttle hurdle relay. Ayanna Morgan, McKendra Hout, Caitlyn Redmon and Emily Robertson took second in the event behind Iowa State.
Also finding her way a place at the podium on the women’s side in Des Moines was DeAndra Greer. The Georgia native finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.89.
East of Terre Haute, a different team of Sycamores took part in the Jesse Owens Relay on the campus of Ohio State. Redshirt senior Erin Reese stole the show being the lone Sycamore to capture a title in the Buckeye State. Reese not only topped Gabrielle Bailey from Kent State and Rachel Tanczos from Notre Dame, but did so in convincing fashion. She bested Bailey who finished second by 12 meters.
Joining Reese in the field was Cassaundra Roper, who holds the top mark in the shot put in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. She finished fourth over the weekend with a distance of 16.24 meters. Roper and Reese are both seniors and form a formidable duo in the field events for ISU.
The season is winding down for seniors like Roper and Reese. This weekend ISU has one last opportunity to make any tweaks. Just a week and a half separate ISU and the MVC Championships held in Terre Haute. Starting next Friday, the Sycamores will be fighting for a chance to lengthen their season.