Avant wins 100 and 200

Alumni sports update

Week ending April 14


Iowa’s Kyara Avant, competing at her school’s Musco Twilight Invitational, won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. She was first of 15 in the 100 (11.88) and first of 22 in the 200 (24.02).

Ball State’s Maritza Rodriguez placed fifth of 50 runners in the 1500 meters (4:45.76) at the Ball State Challenge.

Indiana’s Maya Caudle finished 33rd of 53 in the 100-meter dash (11.90) and 68th of 80 in the 200 (25.42) at the Tennessee Relays.


Competing at the Indiana D-III Championships, DePauw’s Demarco Henry placed second of 33 in the discus (144.09). Franklin’sNathaniel Adams was second of 32 in the hammer, finishing .01 meter behind the winner. Both had distances of 179 feet, nine inches.  The senior was 15th of 28 in the shot put (39-9 ¼).

Indianapolis and Indiana Tech competed at the Ball State Challenge. For the Greyhounds, Jordan Boyd was second of 18 in the discus (158-5 ¼), seventh of 16 in the shot put (50-4 1/4), and eighth of 21 in the hammer (168-10 ½). DeAndre Bluitt was third of 15 in the high jump (6-6 ¾) and second of six in the triple jump (43-6 ½).  Maurice Macklin of Indiana Tech placed 20th of 53 in the 800 meters (2:01.80).

Illinois State’s Jordan Wilkerson placed sixth of 11 in the high jump (6-3 ½) and eighth of 15 in the 100-meter dash (11.07) at the Redbird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State.


Eastern Illinois (28-9, 7-1) won two against Southeast Missouri and split two with Tennessee-Martin. Kayla Bear had three hits and scored one run in 14 at-bats in the four games, and she stole two bases in four attempts. The senior has started all 37 games for the Panthers and is batting .313 (40 for 128).


Manchester defeated Defiance 8-1, lost 8-1 to Rose-Hulman, and won 6-3 against Franklin. Garrett Bear won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and 8-1 at No. 3 doubles against Defiance; lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-2  in singles and won 8-3 in doubles (The Spartans’ only point) against Rose-Hulman; and won 6-2, 7-6 and 8-3 against Franklin.

Trine lost 5-4 to Adrian. The Thunder’s Bryce Hernly lost 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.

Ohio Wesleyan defeated Otterbein 9-0 and DePauw 7-2. Playing No. 3 doubles, Jacob Volbers won 8-3 against Otterbein and 8-6 against DePauw.

Marian lost 9-0 to Campbellsville and 5-4 to Eastern Illinois. Ian Deiters lost 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and 8-0 at No. 1 doubles to Campbellsville and won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and 7-5 at No. 1 doubles against D-I EIU.


Marian (14-20) defeated Goshen, lost twice to Grace, and won twice against Mount Vernon Nazarene. Cody Turpen was a pinch runner seven times in four games and scored each time. Apparently, the Crossroads League permits players to pinch run more than once a game.

Greenville (11-14) split two games with Westminster (MO) and won two against Macmurray. Isaac Whitten walked as a pinch hitter in one of these games.