ILLINOIS STATE

ISU’s Brewer nets MVC track honor: Junior Rachael Brewer was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week by the league office Wednesday following her Valley-leading performance in the 5,000-meter run last weekend at Notre Dame.

In her first 5,000-meter race of the season, Brewer finished with a personal-best time of 16:41.14 for fifth place. That time crushed her previous career-best time by 33 seconds (17:14.37), and ranks her No. 3 in ISU history.

Softball opens Friday: Illinois State’s softball team begins its quest for a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance Friday when it opens the season against Sam Houston State (3:30 p.m.) and No. 22 Baylor (5:30 p.m.) in the Getterman Classic at Waco, Texas.

The Redbirds also play Saturday against Northern Illinois (11 a.m.) and Baylor (4 p.m.) before concluding the tournament Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against Sam Houston State.

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CCIW honors BHS grad: Millikin’s Justin Brooks, a Bloomington High School product, was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin men’s indoor track and field athlete of the week.

The sophomore won the triple jump in the Bob Keck Invitational at Shirk Center on Saturday with a leap of 45 feet, 13/4 inches. The distance ranks second in the CCIW and 36th nationally this season.

Eureka men cruise: Dustin Fritsch had 18 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Eureka College men’s basketball team past Blackburn, 82-42, in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at Eureka.

Mark Lessen added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Red Devils (13-8, 9-4), while Jordan Kindred had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Eureka women prevail: Kelsey Shoemake’s 11 points and nine rebounds led a balanced attack in the Eureka College women’s 60-43 SLIAC victory over visiting Blackburn.

Caty Eeten added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Eureka (13-7, 9-4). Jaylyn Stewart chipped in nine points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.

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