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The Illinois Wesleyan women's track team scored 146 points to win the 11-team IWU Open indoor meet at Shirk Center on Saturday. 

A partial Illinois State squad scored 53 in fifth while Lincoln College was seventh with 33. For the men, Missouri S&T won with 133 while Lincoln College was third (66.5), ISU fourth (60) and IWU seventh (27).

Winning for the Titan women were Nia Joiner in the 60-meter dash (7.78), Angela Herrmann in the 200 (25.86) Allie Boudreau in the 400 (59.04), Madison Zimmer in the mile (5:20.01), Amelia Glueck in the long jump (18-6.5) and Jill Harmon in the triple jump (37-1.25).

ISU winners were Ashley England in the 3,000 (10:50.70) and Taylor Knauf in the pole vault (11-6.25). For the men, ISU's Aaron Kennebrew won the triple jump (46-1.5).  

IWU's Steven Kirk won the weight throw (59-2). Delavan native Will Cross of Elmhurst captured the men's 3,000 (8:40.21) while Jared Kern of Lincoln College won the shot put (51-6.5).


Pole vault records fall: ISU's Chase Pavelonis improved his school record in the pole vault to 16-10.75 to place third in the Indiana Relays at Bloomington, Ind.

The Redbird men's runner-up 3,200 relay posted the No. 4 time in the nation at 7:37.25. Manning the baton were Tyler Rippel, Aidan Askin, Ryan Bybee and JD LaFayette.

“We are making some really good headway as a group,” said ISU coach Jeff Bovee.

Gymnasts score season high: The ISU gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 189.650, but placed fourth in the fifth annual Illinois vs. Michigan Classic at Horton Field House.

The teams from Michigan won as Eastern Michigan scored 194.650 in first followed by Central Michigan (194.000) and Illinois-Chicago (189.925).

“Overall, there were some really good things that happened at this competition, despite placing fourth,” said ISU coach Bob Conkling.

ISU scored 48.075 on the vault with Kristyn Bossle placing third (9.800). UIC posted a 48.700 on bars, Central Michigan a 48.075 on the balance beam and Eastern Michigan tallied a 48.475 on the floor.

During the second rotation, EMU posted a 48.775 on vault. Sami King took eighth on the uneven bars (9.750), putting the Redbirds in third with a running score of 96.000.

The Redbirds were still third after the third rotation, but had several falls on beam.

ISU moved to the floor exercise in the final rotation where Danci Cha scored a career-best of 9.825 for second.

Swimmers win dual: The Illinois State swim team finished its regular-season with a 165-5-134.5 victory at Evansville. Cecilia Holmes won three individual events for the Redbirds while diver Wenting Zhang won two.

Holmes won the 200-yard IM (2:10.27), 500 freestyle (5:13.37) and the 1,000 freestyle (10:40.89). ISU's Courtney Taylor won the 50 breaststroke (30.64).

Zhang won both the 1-meter (321.60) and 3-meter diving events (351.83).


Men win on road: Ian Saathoff scored 11 of his 19 points at the free-throw line as the Eureka College men's basketball team posted a 64-59 win over Principia in St. Louis Intercollegeate Athletic Conference play at Elsah.

Cody Behrens scored 18 for the Red Devils, who improved to 8-10 overall and 6-6 in SLIAC games. Larry Patterson had 19 and Jeff Ross 17 for Principia (2-9, 4-12).

Women fall to Principia: Emily Camden netted 17 points to lead three Red Devils in double figures, but Principia had three players record double-doubles in claiming a 65-59 SLIAC victory at Elsah.

Natalie Martindale scored 15 and Kelsey Shoemake added 13 with 11 boards for Eureka College (10-9, 7-5). Kara Johnson had 21 and 13 for Principia (8-9, 3-8), with Rachel Perea adding 18 and 13 and Karina Olson finishing with 14 and 10.

Thompson named coach: Before the women's basketball game, coach Steve Thompson was tabbed to fill the role on a permanent basis.

Thompson, also the school's athletic director, had been serving as interim coach since Victoria Jones' resignation in June.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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