On campus: Feb. 10

On campus: Feb. 10

Senior Ross Learnard, from Salt Fork, has been garnering preseason honors. The Purdue left-handed reliever was named as the sole reliever on Perfect Game's preseason All-Big Ten team as well as earning preseason All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. His latest honor came when the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him to their NCAA Division I Second Team All-American list. Learnard is coming off a 2017 season in which he threw 352 / 3 consecutive scoreless innings while going 6-0 with a 0.42 ERA in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers will take on Baylor in Waco, Texas to start the season on Feb. 16.

Also receiving notice from the NCBWA is senior Cole Taylor, from Salt Fork, who was recently tabbed as a First Team 2018 Preseason All-American. The Illinois-Springfield shortstop, who earned NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner's Association Midwest Region honors as well as Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team honors, earned his spot after a 2017 season in which he finished third in the nation in doubles. The Prairie Stars open the season on Feb. 17.

Junior Clayton Turner, from Tuscola, was the top finisher for the Eastern Illinois men's track and field squad at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame, taking fifth in the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 5 inches. Three places behind Turner was fellow Panther Ryan Pearce, a graduate student from Villa Grove, at 51-9.

In the women's competition sophomore Kassadee Ifft, from Prairie Central, finished fourth in the pole vault for the host Irish, clearing 12-8 and setting a personal best in the process.

Three Indiana State freshmen posted top-five finishes at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational last weekend. Nick Schultz, from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, won the high jump with a leap of 6-7, while Blake Reifsteck, from Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, finished fourth in the 60 meters in 7.18 seconds. Hanna Atwood, from St. Joseph-Ogden, took fifth in the women's pole vault at 10-103 / 4. The Sycamores travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the Music City Challenge at Vanderbilt this weekend.

Sophomore Jacob Wells, from Monticello, helped lead host Southern Illinois to a win at the Don Denoon Invitational recently. The Southern Illinois pole vaulter finished second at the meet with a 2018 indoor season-best mark of 15-1, which is his best collegiate finish. The Salukis will also participate in the Music City Challenge this weekend.

Junior Luke Beesley, from Champaign Central, has played in 21 games with nine starts for Southern Connecticut State. Beesley, who joined SCSU after graduating from Parkland, is shooting 58 percent from the floor and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. In his last five games he is averaging 8.6 rebounds, including a 14-rebound effort against American International on Tuesday. The 13-9 Owls look to extend a five-game winning streak today against Le Moyne College at 2:30 p.m. today.

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