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On Campus: DeCeault enjoying solid season

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Krista DeCeault (Sherando '11) is having a solid outdoor track and field season for Illinois State University this year.

The redshirt freshman finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run in the Redbird Spring Invitational on April 20 in Normal, Ill. She had a time of 18:26.84.

DeCeault also ran in the Jim Duncan Invitational on April 13 in Des Moines, Iowa, and finished 17th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:49.64. She also ran an 18:22.64 in the 5,000-meter run on March 30 to finish 21st in the Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale, Ill.

As a team, the Redbirds won the Redbird Spring Invite with 73 points. They finished third in the Bill Cornell Spring Classic with 82.50 points.

The Redbirds will be in action this weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa.

FRESHMAN FORCE: Sabrie Neeb (Skyline '12) had a stellar freshman softball season at St. Francis (Pa.).

Neeb made a big impact, especially at the plate, to help lead the Red Flash to one of their best seasons in program history.

Neeb batted .303 (44-for-145) and started 48 of the team's 55 games. She finished with a team-best six home runs, and had 25 RBIs (second on the team). Neeb scored 16 runs, and had eight doubles. She was second on the team with a .483 slugging percentage, and drew 19 walks. Neeb also had four steals in four attempts.

The Red Flash finished the season 25-30, the program's highest win total since winning 28 games in 2002.

On May 5, the Red Flash played their season finale, hosting Quinnipiac in a doubleheader. The Red Flash won the first game, 4-3. Neeb went 1-for-3 with a walk.

The Red Flash finished 11-14 in the Northeast Conference and did not qualify for the four-team NEC tournament.

TOP HONOR: Andrew Thorne (Skyline '09) was recently named to the 2013 VASID Men's Basketball All-State D-III second team.

The Eastern Mennonite senior had a strong final season with the Runnin' Royals. The 6-4 wing averaged 15.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He finished fifth in scoring in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and ninth in rebounding.

Thorne shot 51.7 percent from the field, and scored in double figures in 22 of EMU's 27 games. He also scored his 1,000th career point late in the season, becoming only the 20th Runnin' Royal to do so.

He finished his career with 1,053 points and 527 rebounds. He was also named to the All-ODAC second team, and led the Runnin' Royals to a 15-12 record this year.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

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