USI’s Wilkinson Finishes First at Bellarmine

USI’s Wilkinson Finishes First at Bellarmine

LOUISVILLE, KY (WFIE) - The University of Southern Indiana men’s track and field team and sophomore Grady Wilkinson (Mt Carmel, Illinois) record one first-place performance and many top five performances at the 10th Annual Bellarmine Classic over the weekend.

FIRST-PLACE FINISHER Wilkinson nabbed USI a first-place performance in the 5000m run that featured strong track and field programs from across all divisions. Crossing the line in 15:28.90, Wilkinson led the way for a big day for distance runners at the meet as two more runners finished in the top five of the event.

TOP FIVE PERFORMANCES Finishing behind Wilkinson, sophomore Matthew Scales (Newburgh, Indiana) and sophomore Gavin Prior (Mattoon, Illinois) finished fourth and fifth in the 5000m with times of 15:51.53 and 16:03.10, respectively.

Freshman Taylor Mills (Warsaw, Indiana) grabbed a second-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:08.43 while sophomore Jon Butterbrodt (St Louis, Missouri) placed fifth in 10:29.03.

Junior Darius Payne (Louisville, Kentucky) finished fourth in the 800m run with a USI best 1:55.13. This places him fourth overall on the Great Lakes Valley Conference leaderboard with just a couple of meets left.

Sophomore Tyrell Nickelson (English, Indiana) finished fourth with a jump of 6′0″ in the high jump finals as well.

The 4x400m relay team of freshman Gavin Jacobs (Plainfield, Indiana), freshman Tyler Garrett (Martinsville, Indiana), sophomore Arie Macias (Godfrey, Illinois), and sophomore Demontrae Lapsley (Indianapolis, Indiana) mustered a third-place finish in 3:26.61.

NEXT CHALLENGE USI has quite the trip on the docket as they set their sites to the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Torrence, California and the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California on April 18-19.

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