Marrero wins MVC title

Alumni college update

Week of May 13


Indiana State’s Alethia Marrero won the 400 meter hurdles at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in 57.63. She also was a member of the fifth place 4 X 400 meter relay team (3:48.24). Her time was a career best and the 16th best time in the nation this year. After the meet, Marrero was quoted:

“This is my third event that I’ve won a title in, so it’s just really nice to have been able to do that,” Marrero said. “I came into this weekend knowing that 400 hurdles isn’t my specialty this season, so to run 57 – that was a PR. This was supposed to just be a speed workout for the 800. I didn’t know I was going to run 57.”


Marcus Neely of Indiana State won the 110 meter hurdles sat the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in 13.62.
This quote from the ISU web page:

The Sycamore men had their share of incredible performances as well, chief among them the continuation of the late John McNichols’ Hurdle U legacy with the fifth-straight season of at least two All-MVC performances in the 110-meter hurdles.

Seniors Marcus Neely and Daley Carter kept the tradition alive, with Neely winning the sixth-straight outdoor 110-meter hurdles title for the Sycamore men at a wind-aided (4.0) PR time of 13.62 seconds. Indiana State is the first Valley school to win six straight since Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) won nine from 1937-48 (there were no contests from 1943-45 due to the Second World War).

“It’s a great opportunity to be part of a great tradition, to be able to continue something on,” Neely said. “There was a lot of pressure to be able to keep doing it, but we just kept doing the same things we’ve been doing all year.”

Illinois State’s Jordan Wilkerson finished fourth of 13 in the decathlon at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships with a 6462 point total. The freshman was first in the 100 meters (10.85), fourth in the 400 (50.15), fifth in the 1500 (5:02.96), seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.96), first in the high jump (6-4 ¼),11th in the pole vault (9-10 ¾), third in the long jump (22-5 ¾), third in the shot put (39-11 ¼), 10th in the discus (91-1), and third in the javelin (156).

Competing at the Grand Valley Last Chance Meet, Marian’s Aaron Murray was seventh of 11 in the 200 meters (22.55) and ninth of 12 in the 400 (49.60).

Illinois’ Luke Brahm was 16th of 30 in the 1500 (3:51.91) at the Big Ten Championships.

Miami of Ohio’s Zubin Coleman was 13th of 16 in the discus (147-4) and sixth of eight in the hammer (172-8) at the Mid-American Conference Championships.


Marian (29-21) , playing in the Crossroads League Championship Tournament, defeated Indiana Wesleyan; lost to Goshen; defeated Taylor, Bethel, and Goshen; and lost to Huntington. Cody Turpenplayed in three of the games, scoring a run as a pinch runner in one, and playing as a defensive replacement in two. He sacrificed successfully in one of the games in which he was inserted for defensive purposes.


Playing in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship Tournament, Eastern Illinois (28-21) defeated Murray State 6-5, and was eliminated by losses to Jacksonville State (4-2) and Eastern Kentucky (5-0). Kayla Bear had two hits and one stolen base in 10 at bats in the three games and completed the season with a .299 batting average (49 for 164).

Indiana Wesleyan (41-13), after having won the first two games in the Crossroads League Championship Tournament, as reported last week, lost 2-0 to Marian in the final of the winner’s bracket, defeated Taylor 9-5, and lost again to 44-4 Marian 1-0. The Wildcats open play at 3:30 today in the NAIA National Tournament in a game with St. Francis of Illinois in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kaisey Carson had one hit and scored two runs in 10 at bats in the final three tournament games and is batting .508 (99 for 195). The senior pitch all three games for IWU, giving up 22 hits, one walk, and six earned runs in 19 innings and striking out 11. She now has a 22-8 pitching record with an ERA of 1.78.