Sycamores Out-Duel Redbirds, 167.5-138.5
Mike Ziegler

Mike Ziegler

Jan. 14, 2012

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NORMAL, Ill. - With more than a month since their last competition, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams fell short against the Indiana State Sycamores 167.5-138.5, Saturday at Horton Field House. This unique dual meet combines both the men's and women's scores to decide the team winner on the day.

Head track & field coach Elvis Forde feels that this was the best his team has performed against the Sycamores in the last five years.

"There was more competition this year than in the last five years," said Forde. "This meet is intended to be competitive and the scoring situation holds both the men's and women's team accountable as a whole. I am excited to see where both teams are at, but we still have some work to do, especially on the men's side. There were too many bumps and bruises, but all we can do is learn from them and continue to build. This is going to be an exciting year on both sides as we try to contend for a conference title."

Building off coach Forde's excitement, many personal-bests were set today, as well as the debut of two runners in their first ever indoor meet. Brittany Smith continues to build on her previous record-setting performance, setting a new personal-best and Illinois State record in the weight throw with a distance of 68-03.75, winning the competition on the day. She followed that up with a first-place performance in the shot put with a mark of 55-03.50.

Continuing with the field events, Hilary Hobler and Kendall Rush finished two-three in the long jump, with marks of 17-05.25 and 17-01.25, respectively. Rush also set a new personal-best in the triple jump, leaping to a distance of 38-04.00 to take second place. Becky Anderson squeezed out a first-place finish in the high jump with a height of 5-04.25, while freshman Amy Harvoth finished tied for third place, reaching a height of 5-02.25.

Moving to the track, the women struggled a big in the short sprints, but picked it up with the middle-distance and distance events. Aisha Praught (4:57.35) and Kristen Zillmer (5:07.66) finished first and second in the mile, while Sade Sealy (56.39) and Alia McAfee (57.74) finished one-two in the 400-meter dash. Zillmer then finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.41. The track success continued as Sealy (25.22) and McAfee (25.68) finished once again, first and second, this time in the 200-meter dash.

On the men's side, Curt Jensen hit another level in the weight throw, launching a personal-best toss of 61-02.75 to finish second. He followed that up with a first-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 57-07.50. Chris McIntyre took second in the shot with a toss of 51-07.25. Mike Ziegler held his own in the pole vault, vaulting to a second-place finish with a height of 15-05.50, while Thomas Jean set a new personal-best to finish fourth with a mark of 14-05.50.

The men carried over the success of the field athletes onto to track. Fabian Norgrove took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.20, only to follow that up with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.75). Mat Smoody dominated the 800-meter run, posting a time of 1:56.57. Kayode Adegoke finished third for the Redbirds in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.04, while Kendric Smith took second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.16, after previously setting a new career-best in the preliminary heat (8.13).

The Redbirds return to action, Saturday, Jan. 21, as they travel to Madison Wis. for the Elite Invitational.

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