It’s a long way to New York City, but Isaiah Thomas and Kaitlyn Moricz are ‘jumping’ at the opportunity.
The freshmen at Vincennes University recently qualified for the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor Championships at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City March 6-8.
Thomas, a South Central grad, holds the school’s best leap in the long jump this season at 23 feet, 5 inches. Moricz, a Lake Central grad, qualified in the pole vault with an effort of 3.50 meters.
Sophomore Ernest Gardner (Illiana Christian) has been starring in the triple jump for the Trailblazers this season. Gardner also captured the triple jump title at Saturday’s Grand Valley State Big Meet Invite with a leap of 46-11 ½.
* St. Joseph’s College junior sprinter Samantha Nirva was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
This is Nirva’s second honor of the season. She won the Pentathlon last week at the Wide Track Classic at Hillsdale College with a provisional mark of 3,253 points.
* North Central College’s Ebony Stallworth (Thornwood) broke two school records over the weekend at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships.
Stallworth stole the show as she topped two of her own school records. She heaved the shot put 45-4 ¼ to win the event. It is currently the fourth-best throw in all of NCAA Division III. The junior then crushed her previous record by 9 ½ inches in the weight throw with a toss of 51-3.
Indiana University’s Katie Klyczek (Andrean) won her 14th straight match at No. 1 singles. During her recent tear, the Munster resident knocked off Notre Dame’s Britney Sanders — the fifth nationally-ranked player she has beaten this season.
Klyczek is No. 65 nationally in the NCAA Division I singles rankings.
Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Week for the sixth time this season.
The senior guard averaged 25 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals in wins over Purdue Calumet and Judson University.
Karp ranks among the top seven players in the nation in three categories: scoring average (26.3, fifth), steals (2.6 per game, sixth) and field goal percentage (.619, seventh).
Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe (Hanover Central) was one of the few bright spots in the team’s 29-9 loss to rival and No. 8 Oklahoma State in the 170th installment of the Bedlam series last weekend.
Howe, the No. 1 wrestler in the nation at 174 pounds, bumped up to 184 for the third straight match and beat Oklahoma State’s Jordan Rogers 9-2.
Howe improved to 19-0 on the season, including 11-0 in dual competition.
* Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) improved to 21-3 on the season in a victory over Illinois’ John Fahy at 149 pounds.
Tsirtsis is ranked No. 4 at 149.
* Bucknell’s Paul Petrov (Hanover Central) is 26-7 on the season at 125 pounds and is second on the team in wins. The sophomore is 46-21 for his career.
* Indianapolis senior Cameryn Brady (Lowell) is 27-1 at 149 pounds.
* University of Alabama-Birmingham's Karisma Chapman (T.F. North) had 29 points and 12 rebounds Saturday as the Blazers beat Louisiana Tech 71-62 in Conference USA action. It was Chapman's 13th double-double of the season and the fourth-straight game she scored over 20 points.
* Shanlynn Bias (Griffith) had a career-high 22 points on Senior Recognition Day Saturday, as Saint Mary's beat visiting Alma 72-61. Ariana Paul (Valparaiso) added 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
* Northern Illinois junior Amanda Corral (Hobart) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Women's Basketball team. Corral, who leads the Huskies in scoring at over 14 points a game, was one of only five players selected from Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. In the classroom, she has a 4.0 grade-point average in pre-physical therapy.