The Sideline – June 25

New Palestine grad wins commissioner’s award

Hillsdale College junior Corinne Zehner (pictured) had a breakthrough 2014-15 season for the Charger women’s track team, and recently she received a prestigious recognition for her efforts.

Zehner, a hurdler and team captain, was one of six female recipients of the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award for the spring of 2015 season. The award was chosen by a committee assigned by the conference office. A total of 12 athletes — six male, six female — earn this award across all GLIAC-sponsored sports in each of the three seasons in an athletic year.

Zehner, a New Palestine High School graduate, joins Emily Oren (women’s indoor track), Kyle Cooper (men’s basketball) and Megan Fogt (women’s basketball) as 2014-15 recipients of this award.

She is also the second athlete in Charger women’s outdoor track history to earn this award, joining Sarah Kauk, a pole vaulter who won it in 2008.

The GLIAC 400-meter hurdles champion, Zehner earned two All-American honors during the indoor season as part of the 1,600-meter relay and distance medley relay teams.

During outdoor season, she set school records in both hurdle events at the GLIAC outdoor championships. She set a new record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.76, which was good for second place.

Later on, she captured her first individual conference championship with a record time of 59.7 in the 400 hurdles.

She finished ninth at the NCAA championships in the 400 hurdles. She was named the GLIAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week three times in 2014-15, including twice during outdoor season.

In the classroom, Zehner carries an overall grade-point average above 3.7 while majoring in biochemistry. She’s been named to the GLIAC Academic Excellence Team twice.


Eastern Hancock’s Spicer signs with IU East

Eastern Hancock’s Cody Spicer, a recent graduate, has signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Indiana University East starting with the 2015-16 school year.

Red Wolves coach Brett Crowley announced the signing June 22.

“We have gotten to know Cody in the recruiting process over the last couple of years, and we look forward to his assistance in the sprints,” Crowley said. “He is another high-character person and solid student who will be a great addition to our team.”

Spicer was a regional qualifier and was part of two conference champion teams during his Eastern Hancock track and field career. He reports personal-best times of 11.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 53.5 in the 400-meter dash.

Cody is the son of Kerri Allen and James Spicer. He plans to major in accounting.

“I chose IU East for the size of the campus, because it was close to home, it had the classes I wanted to attend and for the athletics coach,” Spicer remarked on his commitment.

Spicer joins Parker West of Eastern Hancock in IU East’s 2015 men’s cross-country and track and field recruiting class.

West is a two-time cross country regional qualifier, a two-time all-conference honoree, a two-time team MVP and a two-time winner of Eastern Hancock’s most improved runner award.

West also ran distance events for Eastern Hancock’s track and field team.


Mt. Vernon alumni soccer game set

The Mt. Vernon soccer program is inviting all former men’s and women’s players to participate in its annual alumni game Saturday.

The event will take place at the Mt. Vernon High School soccer fields, with check-in set for 4 p.m.

Games will start at 5 p.m.

To register for the event, players should contact Steve Givan at

Admission for both spectators and participants is $5, with all proceeds going to support the Mt. Vernon soccer programs.