ILLINOIS STATE

ISU women’s track ranked No. 25: After finishing 14th in last year’s NCAA Meet, the ISU women’s track and field team enters this indoor season with a No. 25 preseason ranking, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. 

Helping earn the ranking were Brittany Smith and Sade Sealy, who ranked in the top-20 nationally in their respective events in 2012. Smith ranked second in the weight throw (70 feet, 7 inches) and sixth in the shot put (6-3.75). Sealy ranked 16th in the 400-meter dash (53.62 seconds).

The Redbirds compete at No. 18 Indiana State on Saturday.

Tejada player of year: Illinois State sophomore forward Rachel Tejada is the Chicagoland Soccer News Women’s College Player of the Year, as selected by the site’s editors.

Nominations included players at colleges within the site’s coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere.

Tejada is the second player to win the award from outside one of the “BCS” conferences in its six years, joining Loyola’s Cynthia Morote-Arzia in 2007.

Tejada was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season with 46 points on 18 goals and 10 assists.

EUREKA COLLEGE

Eeten, Bugaieski help Eureka women to win: Junior guard Caty Eeten buried a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to help the Red Devils secure a 79-76 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over Fontbonne at St. Louis.

Tremont High School graduate Kiley Bugaieski scored a career-high 17 points for Eureka, including a basket to break a 30-30 first half tie and trigger an 8-1 Eureka rally on the way to a 39-33 halftime lead.

Kesley Shoemake led Eureka with 21 points and 14 rebounds. It was her fifth double-double of the season.

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