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Indiana Tech recruit stands out even among elite athletes

Harvey honored as top female, Ohio takes team titles at track event

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 12:37 am

Team Ohio ran away with the Midwest Meet of Champions boy's and girl's track team titles on Saturday at Northrop High School’s Spuller Stadium.

The meet brought together the top graduating senior high school track and field athletes from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, and some of the performances were legendary.

In the girl’s meet, Ohio scored 203, Indiana 154.5 and Michigan 109.5, while the Ohio boy's squad scored 190 to Indiana’s 163 and Michigan’s 112.

This was the fourth and final year the meet will be held at its original location (Northrop first hosted the event in 1974). The meet is scheduled to be held in Ohio through the next four years.

Winning Star of Stars in the girl’s meet was Bellmont High School senior Alexis Harvey (track events) and McComb (Ohio) athlete Becca Leppelmeier (field events).

Harvey won the 200-meter race (24.39 seconds) and placed second in the 100-meter dash (11.99). The Indiana Tech recruit was also a contributor on the record-setting 400-meter relay team that finished in 46.19

Winning Star of Stars in the boy’s meet were Pickerington (Ohio) hurdler Desmond Palmer (track) and Salem (Ohio) thrower Anthony Shivers (field events).

Palmer won the 110-meter hurdle race in 14.04 seconds, while streaking to victory in the 300-meter event (36.76).

Shivers won the discus event with a meet record toss of 198-feet-3 inches.

Other top performances included Indiana University recruit Bethany Neeley (Eastern High School), who won the mile race in a record time of 4:42.14. She also ran a leg in the mile relay in a impressive time of 54.9 seconds.

Neeley's twin, Brittany Neeley, won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:08, which was good for the third best time of all-time at the event.

Brittany is also planning on running at Indiana and was part of the victorious relay teams in both the mile and two-mile events.