On Thursday, April 24 the ISU men’s and women’s track teams will be gearing up to compete in the Drake Relays. In their last three meets they’ve finished in the top three. In their last meet at the Pacesetter Sports Invitational both the men’s and women’s teams finished second to Illinois State.
Together they ended up beating seven other schools’ which were Marian 99, Oakland 64, Detroit, Mercy 53, Xavier 78, Dayton 78, Rose Hulman 17, and Illinois Wesleyan 3. Head coach Angela Martin said to GoSycamores that when senior day and alumni day ending the meet with a win is always the intention but she thinks even though the teams had lower scores than what they hoped for they fought well and Illinois State is a good team and finishing close behind while missing a few athletes is one they will accept. On the other hand, Erin Reese is now the best women’s thrower to come out of the Gibson Track and Field Complex.
Reese had a fantastic toss of 55.88m, which won her the first place in discus. She remains in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference, number six in the NCAA Eastern Region and 15thin the country.
Cassaundra Roper decimated the competition with a toss of 16.04m. This further solidifies her place on top of the MVC conference, eighth in the Eastern conference, and 16thin the country.
In the track events, Deandra Greer had a nice showing with a time of 11.63 in the 100m dash. Though this was not a conference meet, her time still would have been the fastest in the entire conference. It’s not too bad considering she still remains second in the MVC conference.
All together each Sycamore is making a strong case to enter in the post season. The women’s team has especially been taking over the conference with strong performances coming from all sides of the field.
Coach Martin and the rest of the coaching staff are pretty satisfied and confident in the ability and will their athletes have shown throughout the season. This just foreshadows a trend for what to expect when they compete in the Drake Relays tomorrow.