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Zaleeya Martin wins HCAC sprint title

Hanover College sophomore Zaleeya Martin broke her own school record while winning the 60-meter dash Saturday at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Women’s Track and Field Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

The Shelbyville High School graduate became the first female sprinter in Hanover history to break eight seconds in the 60-meter dash. She qualified first in 8.01 then dominated the field in the championship heat, breaking the finish line in 7.92 -- .41 seconds faster than runner-up Madalynn Schifer (8.33) of Bluffton.

 

Martin also finished third in the 200 meters (28.61) behind Rose-Hulman’s Tina Rogers (27.44) and Transylvania’s Kali Nolan (27.88).

 

She placed third in the long jump with a best distance of 16 feet, one inch. Rose-Hulman’s Rofiat Adeyemi won the event (16-3.75).

 

Martin teamed with Alijah Craig, Makenzie Carroll and Alexis Gerke to finish runner-up in the 800-meter relay. Their time of 1:53.27 was just over a second slower than Rose-Hulman’s winning time of 1:52.15.

 

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Hanover College sophomore Zaleeya Martin (60) takes the baton to run the anchor leg of the 800-meter relay Saturday at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

 

Rose-Hulman won the team title with 189 points. Manchester (137), Hanover (100), Bluffton (47.5), Earlham (47), Franklin (46.5), Anderson (34), Transylvania (31), Defiance (12) and Mount St. Joseph (3) rounded out the field.

 

Two more athletes with Shelby County ties competed in the event.

 

Jill Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, finished 13th in the 3,000 meters for Franklin College. She crossed the finish line in 12:49.14.

 

Waldron graduate Dalen Williams threw a personal best 41-10.75 for Franklin College to finish sixth in the men’s shot put.

 

Rose-Hulman won the men’s team title with 194 points. Franklin College finished sixth.