Redbirds Take 2nd in Annual Coughlan-Malloy Cup Series at Indiana State
Jan. 12, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams combined for a second-place finish at the ninth renewal of the Coughlan-Malloy Cup Series hosted by Indiana State at the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center Saturday afternoon.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was disappointed with the overall performance of both teams.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us," Forde said. "We had a long break and I see we need to work on our overall fitness and competitiveness. We are a little banged up, but we need everyone to go out and compete hard each and every meet."
The marquee matchup on the day was senior Brittany Smith going up against Missouri Valley Conference foe Felisha Johnson of Indiana State, the current collegiate national leader in both the shot put and weight throw. Smith had Johnson's number in the weight throw, launching a day's best 69-09.75 (21.28m) for first place. However, Johnson came back in the shot put, finishing first with a toss of 55-11.25 (17.05m), compared to the second-place throw of 52-06.50 (16.01m) of Smith.
On the track, Rachael Brewer stole the show with a record-breaking performance in the 3,000-meter run. Leading wire-to-wire, Brewer turned in a personal-best time of 9:49.73, breaking the facility record and moving to the No. 2 spot in the Valley and No. 15 spot in the nation. Kristen Zillmer followed suit with a first-place finish in the mile, running a personal-best 4:55.37. Brewer was a step behind, running a 4:55.54. Both rank No. 15 and No. 16 in the nation, and hold the top-two spots in the MVC.
In the sprints, Sade Sealy made her season debut in the 400-meter dash, running to a first-place finish with a time of 55.45. She then doubled-back to run in the 200-meter dash, claiming another first place on the day with a time of 24.93. In the 60-meter dash, Printassia Johnson set another personal-best, crossing the line in third with a time of 7.80.
In the high jump, sophomore Amy Harvoth leaped to a third-place finish, clearing a height of 5-03.25. Kendall Rush followed in the triple jump with a third-place performance of her own, leaping to a mark of 37-00.25.
On the men's side, Coty Kramer ran to a third-place-finish in the 400-meter dash, turning in a time of 50.70. Antonio Farley wasn't too far behind, claiming fourth with a time of 50.90. In the 60-meter dash, Ben Sparkman claimed a third-place of his own, running a time of 7.06.
The Redbirds will be back in action next weekend, as both teams travel to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin Elite Invitational. The meet kicks off Friday evening with some of the field events, before concluding on Saturday with action on the track.
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