On campus: Former Chesterton standout Ryan Cutter reaches track summit
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent April 22, 2013 6:32PM
Updated: May 24, 2013 6:29AM
IUPUI’ distance runner Ryan Cutter may only be a redshirt freshman, but he’s already standing the Summit League on its ear.
Over the weekend the Chesterton grad broke his third outdoor school record of the year when he was clocked in 1:55.20 for the 800 meters at Purdue’s Dave Rankin Invitational. Earlier records were set in the 1,500 (3:53.18) and 5,000 (14:41.51). He was named the Summit League runner of the week on April 26.
Cutter previously capped a strong indoor season with a record time of 8:28.14 in the 3,000.
Derek De St. Jean (St. John/Hanover Central) spurred Wabash to the Division III national title with three top finishes in field events. He won the discus (146-4), placed second in the shot put and third in the hammer throw.
De St. Jean followed up in the Rose-Hulman twilight meet with a first in the shot (48-111/2) and third in the discus. He has been named the North Coast Conference athlete of the week in field events.
Ball State’s Audrey Bickel (Munster/Andrean) has driven in 32 runs in 41 games and carries a .363 on-base percentage.
Freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach (Merrillville/Andrean) suffered her first loss, but leads the Cardinals with 12 wins and three saves. Her 2.33 ERA is based on 16 complete games. Ball State is 29-13 and leads the Mid-American Conference with a 13-1 record.
Before being sidelined with an injury — she was hit by a pitched ball — Texas A&M’s Mel Dumezich (Whiting) beat Louisiana State for her 100th career victory, 6-2. She also scored her 100th run in the same game. Dumezich’s 23-6 record includes three no-hitters within an 11-day stretch. She is also credited with three saves and carries a 2.12 ERA.
Offensively, Dumezich continues to be a force, her numbers including 10 home runs and 32 RBI. She is batting .286.
Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth (LaPorte) boosted his average to .372 with three hits in a 10-3 romp over Butler. He drove in two runs to help the 19th ranked Hoosiers finish off the sweep a three-game series.
Scott Donley (Crown Point) added two hits. He is batting .383. The Hoosiers improved to 29-8.
Michigan State continues to live on the edge. The Spartans scored a Division I best sixth walk-off victory thanks to Anthony Cheky (Portage). His sacrifice fly in the 11th inning gave them a 2-1 midweek victory over Toledo.
Cheky’s batting .336 for MSU (22-11).
St. Joseph’s Katee Sanderson (Wheatfield/Michigan City) has been named Great Lakes Valley all-conference for the second time. She was 12-4 at No. 1 singles and 10-7 at No. 1 doubles. Last year Sanderson posted an 18-2 record in singles.