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Marion County College Report

DeVantre Whitelow sprints to victory at Silverston Invitational

Next Stop — Big Ten Championships

 

He is a long way from Centralia, Illinois or the Centralia High School Orphan track team.

But, one thing that has not changed, DeVantre Whitelow, now a Michigan State University freshman, continues to win races.

This weekend, the former Orphan sprinter will be competing in the Big 10 Conference Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska. He will be running three events at the conference championships, competing in the 60-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 1,600-meter relay.

"I believe I can finish in the top three in the 60-meter dash," said Whitelow. "I would love to win and will do everything I can to win, but top three is realistic."

In the final meet before the indoor conference championships, the Silverston Invitational, hosted by University of Michigan, Whitelow dashed to the finish line of the 60-meter dash in 6.8 seconds. Two athletes tied for second at 7.0 seconds.

"I would have liked to run 6.7 seconds," said Whitelow. "I had been working on my starts all week and I got a pretty good start. The 60-meter dash is a great race, but I like the 100-meter dash a bit better."...

Eastern Illinois University junior Jordan Jones (Salem) finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run at the Eastern Illinois hosted Friday Night Special. The outing was held at Lantz Fieldhouse on the campus of EIU. Jones finished the race in 15:43.16. Team scores were not kept. ...

Men's Basketball

Blackburn College got 23 points from Dakota Tucker (Salem) as the BC Beavers downed Fontbonne University 77-72 in overtime. Tucker, who drained 8-of-12 from the field, which included a 7-of-11 performance from beyond the arc. He started and played 50 minutes.

In Blackburn's 88-59 loss to Eureka College, Tucker finished with 12 points and two rebounds. Tucker hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the contest. Blackburn is 6-15 overall and 3-9 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Zeke Light (Salem) helped the Illinois College Blueboys snap their nine-game losing streak recently. The former Wildcat and IC sophomore guard scored 16 by draining 6-of-10 from the floor, which included a 4-of-6 performance from beyond the arc.

A mere 10 days later, IC defeated Knox again, this time by 12 points, topping them 91-79. Light bucketed 18 points and pulled down four rebounds. Light nailed 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe. He had two treys. He started both contests. IC is 5-15 overall and 3-12 in the Midwest Conference. ...

The Missouri University of Science and Technology men's basketball team has won their last two games, beating University of Missouri-St. Louis (83-79) and Maryville University (85-75). Miner senior Carlton Westbrook (Centralia) scored 15 points in the overtime win over UMSL. Westbrook, who hit 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe, also had two assists. The starter, who played 34 minutes, had one trey.

Against Maryville, Westbrook had two points, five rebounds and four assists. The Miners are 5-18 overall and 4-11 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Women's Basketball

Stephanie Carpenter (Salem) exploded for 22 points to lead the University of Southern Indiana to a 72-62 triumph over the Lewis University Flyers.

Carpenter, who hit 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the stripe, had two assists in the contest. Of her field goals, four were treys.The former Lady Wildcat started and played 36 minutes. Southern Indiana is 8-15 overall and 2-13 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Taylor Welch (Salem) scored six points as her college team, University of Montevallo, lost a 69-51 decision to Georgia Southwestern State University. She tallied three points in 19 minutes of play as Montevallo defeated North Georgia College and State University 62-59. Montevallo is 10-15 overall and 5-11 in the Peach Belt Conference. ...

Baseball

Delta State University's Aaron Newcomb (Centralia) was handed the ball for the first game of the year. The senior hurler did not disappoint working 5.0 innings, allowing only one earned run on two hits.

He fanned seven and walked two. Delta State, who started the year ranked 30th in the first NCAA Division II poll, cruised to a 24-3 victory over University of Montevallo. Delta State has since won five more games since the opener. They are 6-0. ...

McKendree University's Jeffery Tolliver (Salem) has played in three games thus far. The Bearcat freshman had two walks. He has made three starts. McKendree is 1-3 this year. ...

Golf

Jeff Miller (Centralia) finished 30th at the Frito Lay/Taco Bell Invitational, which was held at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Jackson State University served as the host. The Southern Illinois University-Carbondale junior golfer finished with a 160 for 36 holes. He shot a low round of 79 in the second and final round. As a team, the SIU-Carbondale finished 10th with a 651. McNeese State University shot a 604 to win the team title. ...

Swimming

Erin Carey (Centralia) finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in a dual meet between her college, University of Evanvsville, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She finished in 2:04.41.

She also took sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall at :56.93. She was also a member of the Evansville 100-yard freestyle relay, which finished fourth in :47.76. However, it was designated as non-scoring. As a team, Evansville was downed by SIUC 140-102. ...