A Shelbyville alum continues to climb up the record books at Southern Illinois as local athletes start to compete outdoors now that warmer weather is arriving.
Erin Diemer is now seventh in the all-time outdoor pole vault list after she cleared 12 feet, 8 inches at the Ole Miss Classic.
The height set a new personal record for the senior, who took third place at the meet.
Previously this season, Diemer she took second place, pole vaulting 12 feet, 5-1/2 inches at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, which opened the outdoor season. She also earned gold after clearing a lifetime-best 12 feet, 10 inches at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships at the end of February.
The Salukis will compete at the Tom Botts Invitational at Missouri University in Columbia, Mo.
Zaleeya Martin, a sophomore at Hanover College who is also a Shelbyville alum, competed in the DePauw Quad meet over the weekend.
She took runner-up in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 13.14 seconds. She then took third in the 200-meter dash, coming in at 27.93.
Her contributions helped Hanover compile 108 points.
She previously took fourth at the Bearcat Classic in Owensboro, Ky. in the first outdoor meet of the season.
The Panthers return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hanover College.
Franklin College has also started its outdoor season with several Shelby County athletes participating.
Shelbyville’s Jill Anspaugh, Southwestern’s Taylor Tatlock and Waldron’s Dalen Williams and Andrew Montgomery are all on this year’s team.
Tatlock took second in the javelin throw (106 feet, 3 inches) and third in the discus (106 feet, 3 inches), and Anspaugh took 10th in the 5000-meter run (21:07.07) in the Rose Hulman Early Bird earlier this month. Tatlock also took 10th in the hammer throw (80 feet, 2 inches).
Williams took seventh in the shot put (37 feet, 7-1/4 inches), fourth in the discus (133 feet, 8 inches) and sixth in the javelin throw (111 feet, 11 inches). Montgomery took 34th in the 1500-meter dash (4:58.35).
Kyler Schalk, a Triton Central alum who now competes for Wabash College, took 14th in the 100-meter dash (12.06) and 18th in the long jump (5.29 meters).