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Adams 8th at U.S. Championships
Courtesy Angelo State Sports
Angelo State sophomore Aisha Adams placed eighth in the heptathlon at the 2009 USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Ore.
Adams, a native of Covington, Tenn., finished the competition with a personal-best 5,636 points. She bettered her point tally from last month's NCAA Division II National Championships by 50 points on the national stage. By finishing in the top eight at the competition, Adams has qualified for the U.S. Team for the Thorpe Cup, held near Frankfurt, Germany, Aug. 8-9.
Adams opened the competition Saturday with a strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles, running a time of 13.18 for 1,005 points, winning her heat and matching her personal best set in the event at the D-II National Championships. However, she struggled in the high jump (5'4.25") and the shot put (38'5.5") before rebounding in the 200-meter dash. She closed the first day with a 13.68 in the fourth event, six one-hundredths shy of her personal best, for a day-one total of 3,335 points.
She opened the second day with a leap of 19'11.75" in the long jump and followed that up with a throw of 120' in the javelin to more her into the top eight. Adams finished the competition with a personal-best time of 2:20.13 in the 800-meter dash to secure her trip to Germany in August.
Adams was the only D-II student-athlete in the 19-person field of the heptathlon. This season, she was named the NCAA D-II National Female Field Athlete of the Year.
Felton Stars for Team Arizona
LITTLE AXE, Okla. - A future baseball player bound for Southwestern Oklahoma State University is among a handful of players competing for Team Arizona in the Sunbelt Classic. Mike Felton, a shortstop/second baseman from Chandler, Ariz., is starting for the Arizona all-star squad in an elite baseball showcase that features many of the top high school seniors from a number of different states.
The event, which brings together teams from six states, including one from Canada, is a hot spot for professional scouts and college recruiters who can get an early glimpse at future draft/college baseball prospects.
Felton's Arizona team has put up a 5-1 record against its competition this week and is a strong candidate to move into the finals Saturday against Texas. Team Arizona beat Ohio 8-4 early on Friday to set up a semifinals showdown against Maryland. In the game against Ohio, Felton started at second base and went one-for-two with one run scored.
Hallettsville grad signs to play with A&M-Kingsville
Hallettsville pitcher Colby Schindler had his junior season cut short by Tommy John surgery.
But Schindler returned as a senior and became the Most Valuable Player in District 26-2A. Schindler helped lead the Brahmas into the regional quarterfinals and has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
"Toward the end of the season, I really felt like I was back to where I was," Schindler said. "I was gaining strength through the season and I felt like I had gotten my strength back."
Schindler pitched 77 innings and yielded only 48 hits and 22 walks, while recording 126 strikeouts. He had a 9-5 record with two saves, and a 1.40 earned run average.
Schindler played shortstop when he wasn't pitching. He hit .370 with one home run, one triple, eight doubles and 24 RBI. Schindler scored 28 runs and stole a team-leading 27 bases.
"I like that they are recruiting people close to the area," Schindler said of the Javelinas, who are coached by Cuero graduate Jason Gonzales. "They've been on top before. I think they are recruiting some good people and I'm looking forward to getting back to winning a conference championship."
New look for ECU
By BOB FORREST Sports Writer
ADA — In recent years, East Central University’s athletic department had very little to ‘wow’ prospective recruits who visited the campus.
Norris Field is approaching its eighth decade as the home of ECU football, the Elvan George Building — which formerly housed both the school’s weight training facilities and football locker room — was starting to show its age, and the Kerr Activites Center is about to enter its fourth decade as the venue for Tiger basketball and, more recently, volleyball.
As a result, ECU’s coaches had almost nothing to point to when comparing their facilities to those of other schools in the Lone Star Conference, and those shortcomings consistently translated into more losses than wins in virtually every sport.
But when the 2009-2010 school year begins in August, the playing field — at least where it relates to recruiting — will be slanted a little more in ECU’s favor.
Gilmer's Johnson confirms transfer from OU to ACU
Abilene, Texas (Abilene Reporter) - Justin Johnson made it official. The former Oklahoma running back said Friday that he will transfer to Abilene Christian University this fall.
"I talked to the coach (Friday)," he said. "I committed today."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Johnson got little playing time last year as a freshman with the Sooners. He rushed 14 times for 24 yards and no touchdowns. Johnson didn't expect to see much time on the field his sophomore year, either, playing behind senior Chris Brown and junior DeMarco Murray, each of whom ran for more than 1,000 yards last season.
"Oklahoma was great. It was a great school," Johnson said. "I didn't leave because I had problems or anything. I was doing great in academics. I feel like I was putting in some hard work, and I was doing great in the weight room and everything," Johnson said. But "with DeMarco and Chris there, two great running backs, I felt like I wasn't going to get my time to shine. I want to put myself in a position where I can get on the field and play."
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