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Illinois State track standout Derek Wegman, a Tri-Valley High School graduate, was among four Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes to receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship from the conference, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Thursday.

Wegman competed in track the past four seasons. He earned All-MVC status at the 2019 indoor championships byr finishing third in the long jump. He also was sixth in the heptathlon at the 2018 MVC Indoor Championship.

Wegman maintained a 3.86 GPA while studying Recreation Management and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Sport Management at ISU beginning this fall.

Robinson, Himmelman honored: Illinois State running back James Robinson and offensive lineman Drew Himmelman named preseason All-Americans by HERO Sports FCS. Robinson was selected to the first team and Himmelman the second team.

Robinson led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing last year with 1,290 yards and tied for second with 12 rushing touchdowns. Himmelman was an all-MVFC second-team pick last year as a sophomore.

ILLINOIS

Illini to meet Miami: Illinois' basketball team will be at home against Miami in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game is Dec. 2 at State Farm Center.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the 21st annual event.

HEARTLAND

Academic mark set: Heartland Community College student athletes had a combined grade point average of 3.02 for the spring semester, the highest athletic department GPA in school history. Thirty-four student athletes made the Heartland Dean’s List.

This article originally ran on pantagraph.com.

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