Series: Shelby Collegiate Athletes Last year, a pair of Shelby Area athletes earned spots on the Eastern Illinois University women’s track team and are key Panther performers. Janie Howse was an IHSA state champ for Central A&M, while Katelyn Duckett of Shelbyville was an all-state distance runner.In high school, Howse was a 4-time IHSA Class A state qualifier in the discus and 3-time qualifier in the shot put. She was a state champion in the discus with distance of 140-7. She was 2nd second in the state meet as a junior in the discus. She was 4th as a sophomore and 12th as a freshman. Howse placed fifth in the state in the shot put as a junior and senior. She holds the school record in both events. As a freshman at EIU, Howse threw the weight and the shot put. In the outdoor season she threw the discus, the hammer, and the shot. Her season-best indoor weight throw was 48-06 at the OVC Championships, placing 12th. Her season-best indoor shot put was 40-9.75 at Grand Valley. She threw over 40 feet three times, including the OVC Championships and the EIU Early Bird Meet. During the outdoor season, Howse’ best discus throw was 143-04 at the Miami Invite, placing 5th. Howse was 2nd Team OVC, by placing 2nd at the OVC Championships (136-07) .Her best hammer throw was at the season-ending OVC Championships (140-10), placing 10th. Her best outdoor shot put was 42-5.5 at the SIU Spring Classic, placing 9th.
EIU Indoor Career Records: Weight Throw 48-06.00; Shot Put 40-09.75
EIU Outdoor Career Records: Discus 143-04 (5th on EIU career list); Hammer 140-10; Shot Put 42-05.25
In high school, Katelyn Duckett competed for Shelbyville High School. Duckett qualified for the IHSA State Cross Country Meet all four years. She placed 13th as a freshman (18:33), placed 10th as a sophomore (18:19), as a junior, she qualified but was sick. As a senior in cross country, she placed 19th in the IHSA Class 1A State Championship with a time of 18:18.