The ISU men and women’s track and field teams will be competing in the Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday at noon. The Sycamores have been doing fairly well throughout the season so far. Going off of the Drake Relay, Head coach Angela Martin exceed to the gosycamores press,” We are proud to go and compete there each year… we had a lot of great efforts.” DeAndra Greer finished third on Friday in her 100-meter dash. The Sycamore men’s shuttle relay team did well. As Coach Martin explains,” We talked about taking care of little details… They did that and came away with a Drake Relays title. Now we have a week and a half to finish preparing for the MVC Championship.”
It’s apparent that coach Martin is feeling pretty assured that a decent majority of her team will be doing well in the MVC Championship. The combination of Avery Taylor, Matthew Lewis-Banks, Tremaine Gonzalez and Daryl Black is a deadly lineup with them clocking a time of 1:00:86.
This makes back-to-back years that the Sycamores won the Drake Relays Championship. This team is made up of three freshmen and one sophomore, only making the opportunity for success and excellence strong for ISU’s future.
Coming off a school record meet in 2018, the women’s shuttle hurdle team finished in second place to the fourth fastest team to come through Drake. DeAndra Greer put everything she had into that 100-meter dash and claimedthird place with a time of 11.89. Her record of 11.83 still remains at number three in the Missouri valley Conference that still qualifies her to be in the MVC Championship.
Erin Reese continues her dominance of the MVC with a phenomenal throw of 56.45 in discusses. With her consistency in each meet she will have a great shot of winning the MVC Championship. She still stands at 5th in the Eastern Region and 15th in the Country.
Cassaundra Roper also continues to dominate the competition finishing fourth in the Drake Relays field portion. Granted she was going against some of the nation’s best throwers she still managed to throw a convincing 16.24m. Nathan Kiger and Nick Schultz both finished with the same height of 2 meters but Kiger came out on top with .03m higher than Schultz. In the grand scheme of things the Sycamores seem to be getting out all the pre-meet jitters before the Conference Championship and we should not be surprised if a few Trees finish on top of all the competition.