Indiana University redshirt junior Robby Nierman, a 2009 Carroll graduate and three-time IHSAA all-state runner, advanced to the finals of the steeplechase Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Nierman finished seventh in his semifinals with a time of 8 minutes, 46.58 seconds. The top five in both semifinals and the next two fastest times earn bids to Friday's final. Nierman earned the final spot in the championship by less than one second. The championship race will begin at 8:40 p.m. Fort Wayne time and will be televised on ESPNU.
Indiana Tech signs two athletes
Indiana Tech announced Wednesday the intentions of two prep athletes that will continue their careers at the school. Wiebke Schlender of Paderborn, Germany will be joining the golf team while Georgio Blades of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis will wrestle for the Warriors.
Wiebke is a member at the Dusseldorfer Golf Club and plays in the 1st Bundesliga, which is the top national women’s league. She is currently a 2.9 handicap and a veteran of many top junior tournaments in Germany. She finished 25th in the U18 national championship last year and 53rd in the International Amateur girl’s tournament in Germany in May.The tournament included girls from many countries and a cut after 36 holes.
Blades, who competed at 285-lbs, was the third ranked wrestler in Indiana for most of the year. He finished first at the IHSAA Sectional tournament, second in the regional, and fifth in semi-state.