Indianapolis will be one of six stops on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour ahead of August’s Olympic Games.
The tour stops in Indy on June 24-25, coinciding with the U.S. Olympic Trials in diving at the Natatorium at IUPUI.
The tour features meet-and-greet opportunities with athletes, interactive sports elements, athlete demonstrations, Team USA giveaways and live entertainment.
Nastia Liukin, the Olympic gymnastics gold medalist, is athlete spokesperson for the tour.
Noblesville’s David Boudia, an Olympic champion diver and Purdue graduate, will be among the athletes appearing in the 100-day countdown event April 27 on NBC’s “Today” show and at New York’s Times Square.
Other pre-Olympics stops are Oklahoma City, Okla., May 7-8; Philadelphia, July 4; Chicago, July 6-10, and Los Angeles, July 23-24.
Hoosiers vie for world track team
Lawrence North graduate Ashley Spencer is among Indiana athletes attempting to make the U.S. team for next week’s World Indoor Championships at Portland, Ore.
The team will be selected from the nationals, set for Friday and Saturday at Portland. The only other time the indoor worlds were in the United States was the inaugural edition in 1987 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Spencer, 22, a Texas graduate, ranks No. 2 in the world in the 400 meters at 51.56. Top-ranked Courtney Okolo of Texas won’t be at nationals because she is in the NCAAs at Birmingham, Ala.
Indiana University sophomore Daniel Kuhn did not qualify for NCAAs in the 800 and is instead racing the pros at nationals. Spencer and Kuhn are former high school state champions, as are six other entries: Abby Farley (Park Tudor), 800; Morgan Uceny (Plymouth), 1,500; Felisha Johnson (Lawrence North/Indiana State), shot put; Chris Giesting (Batesville/Notre Dame), 400; Andy Bayer (Leo/IU), 3,000, andDrew Volz (Bloomington South/IU), pole vault.
Indoor track roundup
• NAIA Championships: Marian junior Taylor Killings became his school’s first national champion in track and field, winning the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 8.02 seconds at Johnson City, Tenn. Marian sophomore Presley Martin (Avon) was second in the 800 in 1:53.50. Indiana Tech won its third straight men’s team title, with Taylor ninth and Marian 11th.
• Big East: Butler’s Olivia Pratt won the women’s 5,000 in 16:15.69 and was second in the 3,000 in 9:17.99. Bulldogs second in men’s events were Johnny Leverenz, a school-record 1:49.66 in the 800, and Erik Peterson, 14:09.16 in the 5,000.
• Big Sky: Northern Arizona’s Futsum Zienasellassie (North Central) was outstanding performer for the second straight year. He won the mile in 4:13.92 and 3,000 in 8:31.07.
• Missouri Valley: Indiana State’s David Timlin was most valuable male athlete after winning a mile/3,000 double in 4:13.62 and a record 8:13.51. ISU’s Adarius Washington (Warren Central) edged teammate Marcus Neely (Ben Davis) in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking 7.85 to win by six-thousandths of a second. Jamar Brown(Lawrence North) was second in the shot put at 57-9½.
• Summit League: IUPUI’s Robert Murphy was athlete of the meet, winning a mile/3,000 double in 4:09.41 and 8:21.98. IUPUI’s Joey Zielinski won the 5,000 in 14:54.88.
Sports of all sorts
• Gymnastics: Florida senior Bridget Sloan, an Olympic silver medalist from Pittsboro, received the seventh perfect score of her college career. In a dual-meet victory at Kentucky, she scored a 10.00 on balance beam and won the all-around with 39.65. … Ohio State’s Alec Yoder, Indianapolis, and Nebraska’s Anton Stephenson, Fishers, are men’s Big Ten co-freshmen of the week. In a win over Iowa and Nebraska, Yoder was first on pommel horse with a score of 15.85, best in the NCAA.
• Swimming: Drury University (Mo.) will go for a 11th consecutive men’s title in the NCAA Division II Championships, which open Wednesday at the Natatorium. University of Indianapolis entries include freshman Dalton Cline, the Great Lakes Valley Conference diver of the year. … Egyptian sophomore Ali Khalafalla set an IU record of 22.25 in finishing third in the 50-meter freestyle in the Arena Pro Series meet at Orlando, Fla. He ranks 12th in the world. … Arizona senior Emma Schoettmer (Center Grove) was third in the women’s 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes at the Pac-12 meet.
• Wrestling: Purdue finished 10th and Indiana 11th in the Big Ten Championships at Iowa City, Iowa. Purdue’s Danny Sabatello, 141 pounds, and Chad Welch, 165, were both fifth. Top Hoosiers were Nate Jackson, fourth at 174, and freshmanElijah Oliver, fifth at 125.