Indiana State senior pole vaulter Connor Curley was the top collegiate finisher in the pole vault Saturday at the Tom Botts Invite and in the process came away with the highest national and regional performance of the weekend for the Sycamores.
Curley finished at a new outdoor PR height of 17-feet-1, which now gives him sole possession of second place all-time at Indiana State. Curley’s MVC-leading height now ranks tied for 24th nationally and 12th in the East Region – almost assuredly locking him into a qualifying slot for the regional meet.
Curley helped the ISU men take fourth place with 107 points behind Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Missouri .
“We’re really more accustomed to being in the thick of things,” said ISU men’s head coach John McNichols. “I just felt that even during the meet we would have one guy place in an event and then Southern or Northern would add two. They have good teams, and we just didn’t have the volume we needed to do well in the meet. We had some good performances in the meet that we can take away, but I can’t say we necessarily accomplished what we came over here to do.”
The Sycamore women, meanwhile, scored 97 points and finished behind the Tigers, Salukis and Panthers as well.
“I think we made a little bit of progress this week,” said ISU women’s head coach Angela Martin. “It was nice to finally have some good weather, which really made a difference in some kids’ attitudes. We’ve been pushing through some tough things, but we’re making a little bit of progress. Definitely disappointed in the score, thought we could jump up there and take top-three for sure. But, we’ll see. We’ve got a couple more weeks to go and next week it will be good to be home.
On the women’s side, junior high jumper LeVisa Evans, who put forth a career day in her signature event. Evans won the event on a career-best height of 5-8, which pushes her onto the all-time top-10 list at Indiana State, tying her for eighth all-time. Evans is also in better position to qualify for the NCAA East Regional meet, as she is now tied for 27th on the East performance list.
Senior Katelyn Rutz had a strong day with her victory in the discus, throwing a season-best 49.02m (160-10) in victory – which ranks her 33rd in the East Region right now.
All-American hurdler Adarius Washington took first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.77. Junior jumper Devyn Mikell also had a high regional performance in the long jump. Mikell finished fourth overall at another season-best 7.50m (24-07.25) – the third-straight week he’s improved – which currently ties him for 22nd in the East Region.