The Illinois State track and field team looks to have a historic performance at Drake.
ISU captures four top-five relay finishes.
Morgan Keller wins her first collegiate event as a Redbird.
The Redbirds look to compete against top competitors this weekend.
Rutherford breaks 15-year old ISU record.
Day 2 at the 2013 MVC Outdoor Championships
Friday at the Drake Relays
Thursday at the Drake Relays (4/25)
NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Preliminary Rounds | Day 2
Indoor: Captured a top-five finish in all, but one event on the indoor circuit, including three first-place finishes...Finished second at the GVSU Big Meet with an 800-meter time of 2:10.82...Finished second in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:13.04 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, earning All-Valley honors...Recorded a personal-best 200-meter time of 2:07.87 at the UND Last Chance Meet to finish 16th...Notched a personal-best mile time of 4:53.42 at the Meyo Invitational to finish third in a field of 70...Posted a fourth-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:55.05 at the MVC Championships...Grabbed a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:58.46 at the Wisconsin Elite...Picked up four consecutive top-two finishes in the 4X400-meter relay, including a first-place finish at the MVC Championships with a time of 3:45.09, earning All-Valley honors...Finished second as a part of the distance medley relay with a time of 11:51.97 at the MVC Championships, winning All-Valley honors.
Outdoor: Named Most-Valuable Athlete for women's track and field...Recieved the 2012-13 Good Neighbor award...Recorded 13 top-five finishes, 10 top-three finishes and five first-place victories this season...Captured four consecutive top-five finishes in the 800-meter, including a personal best 2:09.00 to finish first at the Jim Duncan Invitational...Posted two successive first-place finishes in the 1,500-meter at the Jim Duncan Invitational and Missouri Valley Conference Championships, respectively, earning All-Valley honors...Notched a third-place finish in the steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational...Tallied a personal-best 10:04.51 in the steeplechase to finish eighth at the NCAA West Preliminary Round...Finished 22nd in the steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...Recorded back-to-back first-place finishes as a part of the 4X400-meter relay team at the Jim Duncan Invitational and Redbird Spring Invite, respectively...Finished third as a part of the 4X400-meter relay team at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, notching All-Valley honors...Posted a fifth-place finish as a part of the 4X1,600-meter relay and a sixth-place finish as a part of the distance medley at the Drake Relays...USTFCCCA scholar athlete...MVC Scholar athlete.
Indoor: Crowned Missouri Valley Conference Champion as part of the distance medley relay team that ran an 11:49.46 at the Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 25), earning All-Valley honors ... followed with a fourth-place finish in the mile at the Valley Championships with a personal-best time of 4:58.48 ... finished first in the mile at the Big Meet (Feb. 10), running a 4:59.13 ... followed that with a personal-best performance in the 3,000-meter run, finishing ninth with a time of 10:00.02.
Outdoor: Won the Missouri Valley Conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a 10:35.82 at the Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 11) ... claimed a fifth-place finish at the championships in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:33.64 ...ran a leg of the first-place finishing distance-medley relay team at the Drake Relays (April 28), winning the women's team their first title in the event with a time of 11:19.14 ... ran a personal-best 10:30.43 in the steeplechase at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, finishing eighth ... won the steeplechase at the ISU vs. SIU Dual (April 7), turning in a time of 10:33.96 ... named a Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete ... earned a spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team.
Indoor: Finished fourth at the Indiana State Dual with a time of 2:19.38 in the 800-meter run ... set a new personal-best time of 2:18.09 in the 800-meter run at the EIU Friday Night Special ... turned in a personal-best 4:59:95 mile at the EIU Friday Night Special to earn third ... finished fourth in the mile at the MVC Indoor Championships with a time of 5:04.01 ... earned All-Valley honors as part of the distance medley relay team that placed first at the MVC Indoor Championships.
Outdoor: Set a career-mark in the 800-meter run at the Beach Invitational with a time of 2:15.72 ... set a personal-best in the 1,500-meter run at the Lee Calhoun Invite, turning in a time of 4:37.58 ... finished eighth at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:41.45 ... took back-to-back first-place finishes at the EIU Big Blue Classic and the Lenny Lyles Invitational in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with times of 10:56.65 and 10:51.62, respectively ... earned All-Valley honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a second-place performance at the MVC Outdoor Championships, turning in a time of 10:40.06 ... qualified for the NCAA West Regional in the 3,000-meter steeplechase where she ran a personal-best 10:33.66 to finish 30th ... a member of the 4X800 relay team that placed eighth at the Drake Relays.
PRIOR TO ISU
At Maine South High School: Qualified for the cross country state track meet all four years in the 3-mile run ... finished 19th at the IHSA AAA state cross country meet her sophomore season ... took 24th place her junior season at the IHSA cross country state meet ... finished eighth in the 800-meter dash her junior year and finished in 12th place at the IHSA AAA state meet in the 800-meter run senior year ... earned all conference honors all four seasons at Maine South ... was a three-time conference champion in cross country.
Personal: Born 11/24/1991 ... daughter of Ted Zillmer and Michelle Klein ... her father played basketball at Trinity, while her mother ran track at Northern Illinois ... her sister, Lauren, swam at Eastern Illinois ... major is special education.