Pole vaulter Erin Diemer was one of seven Southern Illinois athletes to post top-five finishes in the Jim Green Track and Field Invitational held Friday and Saturday at the University of Kentucky's Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington, Ky.

Diemer, a Shelbyville graduate, cleared 11 feet, 7.75 inches in the pole vault competition to finish fifth.

"It was nice to see the group away from home and on the road," Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Rosalind Joseph said. "It was important to see how they handled themselves and, more importantly, how they could compete on the road. We definitely have some things that we need to work on, but that's exactly why we're here. We had some great individual efforts and I know that this group is going to come back to campus and will push to continue to get better."

Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level:

Hayden Langkabel

The Marian men's basketball team withstood a second half run from Goshen and prevailed with a 92-81 victory Saturday on John Grimes Court in Indianapolis. Marian is 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the Crossroads League with the win.

Langkabel, a Morristown graduate, had 15 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist for Marian.

On Jan. 7, Marian battled back from an early deficit, but came up short in the final seconds, falling 67-65 at No. 15 Spring Arbor in Spring Arbor, Michigan. 

Langkabel had 12 points and four rebounds in the loss.

Isabella Ratliff

The Franklin women's basketball team closed out a five-game road trip in impressive fashion, picking up a 68-62 win over the Anderson Ravens Saturday for their second road conference win of the year.

The Grizzlies (8-4, 4-2 HCAC) used a big third quarter to open up a sizeable lead on the Ravens (5-8, 1-5 HCAC) and roll to victory. Ratliff, a Triton Central graduate, had two points, three assists and one steal for Franklin.

On Jan. 8, Transylvania defeated the Grizzlies, 84-50. Ratliff finished with three points and two rebounds in the loss.

Nolan Davis and Dylan Harker

The Franklin swimming and diving teams resumed competition on Friday and Saturday, taking part in the Colonel Classic on the campus of Centre College.

Franklin College finished with 616 points in the two-day event to win the competition, besting Centre (531) and Asbury (457).

Franklin College won the 800-yard freestyle relay with Noah Tallman, Shelbyville-graduate Nolan Davis, Charlie Hall and James Hone finishing in 7:13.83.

Davis also placed sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:52.90) and ninth in the 200 butterfly (2:17.41).

Harker, also a Shelbyville graduate, finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.02), ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:09.42) and sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.35).

Courtney Raymer

The No. 24 Indiana University South Bend women's basketball team rolled past No. 20 Olivet Nazarene Saturday, 80-58, avenging its loss to "Tigerball" that occurred back on Nov. 16, 2019. With the victory, the Titans move to 18-1 overall, including 10-1 in league play.

IU South Bend led wire-to-wire in Saturday's top-25 showdown in Bourbonnais, Ill. as the Titans began the game on an 8-0 run, moving their record on the road to a perfect 9-0 and a 2-1 record over ranked opponents this season.

Three different Titans scored in double figures, including a game-high 15 points from freshman Maddie Gard off 6-of-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Senior Kyleigh Kubik added 14 points, five assists and three rebounds while freshman Katie Gard scored 11 points.

Raymer, a Triton Central graduate, played 18 minutes for the victorious Titans and finished with six points, five rebounds and one steal.

On Jan. 8, IU South Bend defeated Governors State University, 79-57. Raymer had six points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

Cambie Poole

The Earlham College women's basketball team snapped an 8-game losing streak with a 51-36 win over Rose-Hulman on Jan. 8. 

Poole, a Morristown graduate, finished with three points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal for Earlham.

Earlham defeated Manchester, 75-48, Saturday at the Druley Performance Center in Richmond, Indiana, to improve to 4-9 this season (3-3 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference). 

Brooklyn Langkabel

The Morristown graduate finished with four points and three rebounds for Marian's women's basketball team in a 76-48 win at Spring Arbor on Jan. 8.

Marian improved to 16-2 overall Saturday with a 69-57 win over Goshen College.

 

Justin Meredith

Manchester opened the 2020 indoor track and field season at the Sean Brady/Keith Turner Alumni Open, hosted Saturday by Trine University.

Meredith, a Southwestern graduate, placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 40-4.75. He also finished eighth in the long jump (18-10).