Centennial senior LUKE VAUGHN has broken records nearly every time he has tossed a shot put during the indoor track and field season.
He most likely won’t do so anytime soon after he broke his right hand.
Vaughn, who signed with Mississippi in February, suffered the injury Saturday during a meet at Plainfield North. He was running in a sprint event and placed second.
“I was a little upset I got second, so I threw my hand a little too hard on the wall,” Vaughn said. “I didn’t know I broke it until Monday.”
Vaughn broke the fifth metacarpal in his throwing hand. He said he’ll have surgery Friday and will be fitted with a hard cast.
Despite his injury, Vaughn said he still will try to compete in the discus and shot put during the outdoor season with his left hand. Vaughn placed eighth last May at the Class 2A state meet in the discus and 11th in the shot put.
“It’s definitely frustrating and not how I wanted my senior season to start,” Vaughn said. “I’m disappointed. It’ll affect me more in the shot put because of the weight and me not being able to lift in the weightroom.”
Boyce stars for Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J. — Junior Lisa Boyce, from Urbana Uni High, broke Ivy league records in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke at the recent league swimming championships.
Her winning time in the 50 freestyle (22.07 seconds) broke a mark she set (22.24) in the preliminaries. In the 100 backstroke, her time (52.93) lowered the standard she established in 2012 (52.96).
Boyce also won the 100 freestyle (48.74), helping Princeton win its 11th Ivy league crown in the past 14 years. Her time in the 100 freestyle is 0.09 away from the school record.
For the second straight year, she has qualified for the NCAA meet in each of those events. She ranks ninth nationally in the 50 free, 20th in the 100 free and 26th in the 100 backstroke. She is a three-time Ivy League titlist in the 100 backstroke. The NCAA meet starts March 21 at Indianapolis.
At the Ivy League meet, Boyce was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay. She also helped the 400 relay foursome to a runner-up finish in a time that was better than the previous league record.
Newman in Bowling Green record books
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Freshman Hannah Newman, from Champaign Central, etched her name in the all-time women’s swimming record book at Bowling Green. She anchored the fifth-place 400 freestyle relay at the Mid-American Conference Championships in a school-record time (3 minutes, 23.78 seconds). At the MAC meet, she also anchored the third-place 800 freestyle relay (7:23.87).
Newman was eighth in the MAC in the 200 freestyle and was the league’s top-finishing freshman. Her best time this season (1:50.26) ranks sixth on the school’s all-time performance list. Newman ranks eighth at the school in the 100 backstroke (57.13), an event in which she finished 17th in the league meet. In her other individual race at the MAC meet, she placed 22nd in the 100 freestyle.
Ex-Warrior earns MVC recognition
NORMAL — Junior Rachael Brewer, from Tuscola, was last week’s selection as Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week. She helped Illinois State place third in the league indoor track and field meet. The Redbirds had 122 points, 69 of which were scored by the distance crew. Brewer collected 26 of those points.
Brewer was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters, with a personal-best 9:38.70. Brewer won the mile in 4:49.32, her personal best by more than four seconds.
Less than 90 minutes after the mile, Brewer ran second in the 5,000 (16:50.79).
The marketing major carries a composite 3.63 grade-point average. She was an all-conference performer in all three races.
Also last week, Brewer was named to the All-Academic Cross-Country Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. ISU has captured two straight MVC cross-country league crowns. Brewer was the runner-up last fall, covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:31.
Champ’s wrestling club starting up in LeRoy
LeROY — The T.J. Trained Wrestling Club, coached by former NCAA national champion T.J. Williams, will hold weekly practices at LeRoy High School starting April 7.
Each participating athlete will be required to have a current USA Wrestling competitor’s card. Preregistration is required and can be done at firstname.lastname@example.org . The price is $100 per individual. A four-time IHSA state champion, Williams was a three-time All-American at Iowa. For questions, contact LeRoy coach Doug DeWald at 309-242-0714.
Ex-Charger earns all-conference honor
CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University sophomore diver Kegan Skelton, from Centennial, was the runner-up in the MAC Championships with a score of 381.50 on the 3-meter board. The career-best performance made Skelton the second male diver in school history to break the 380-point mark.
He earned second-team all-conference honors. On the 1-meter board, Skelton’s score of 337.15 placed him fifth. Skelton scored 31 points for the Salukis.
He qualified for the NCAA Zone C competition, which starts Thursday at Purdue.
Catlin schedules 5-kilometer race
CATLIN — A 5-kilometer run for Autism Awareness is scheduled for April 6 at Catlin High School. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Race-day registration at the high school is from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
For information, contact Andrea Palmer at email@example.com .
Ex-area athletes excelling at Illinois State
NORMAL — Freshman Regan Romshek, from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, hit her first collegiate grand slam for Illinois State in a 16-1 softball win against Miami (Ohio). Romshek (4-6) also pitched a complete game.
Romshek is batting .290 in 13 games. She has a 3.15 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 68 innings. Teammate Lauren Keller, a junior from Ridgeview, is batting .289 with 12 RBI. She has started all 25 games for the Redbirds (13-12).
Millikin picks ex-Tiger
DECATUR — Millikin selected former Urbana athlete Molly Facer as one of its three captains for the 2013 volleyball season. A three-year letter winner, Facer had a team-high 41 aces for last year’s 25-10 team.
Two seniors from area schools — Clinton’s Megan Mitchell and Centennial’s Ally Reis — earned their fourth letter in the sport. Mitchell was the recipient of the Big Blue’s Coaches Award. Reis was seventh on the team with 90 digs.
Ex-Viking making a difference at Eastern Shore
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Sophomore Morgan King, from Danville, has started every game for the Maryland-Eastern Shore softball team (4-11). She is third on the team in batting with a .311 average (14 for 45). She leads in total bases with 22 and shares the team lead in RBI with 12.
Ex-Buffalo receives All-America accolades
BRADLEY — Senior Joe Reisinger, from Georgetown-Ridge Farm, placed third in the shot put (54 feet, 11 inches) at the National Collegiate Christian Athletic Association indoor track and field finals for Olivet Nazarene. He earned All-America honors.
Teammate Daniel Wells, a junior from Danville First Baptist, was named a 2013 indoor track scholar-athlete at the same meet.
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