Men's Pole Vaulters Highlight Wisconsin Elite Invitational
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Jan. 19, 2013
Madison, Wis. - Pole vaulters Thomas Jean and Kevin Fisch set new career marks, as the Illinois State men's and No. 25-ranked women's track & field teams concluded action at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell) Saturday afternoon.
After opening the season with career marks at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8), Jean and Fisch both eclipsed the 15-feet, jumping 15-09.00 (4.80m) and 15-05.00 (4.70m), respectively. Jean took third on the day, while Fisch finished just behind him in fourth.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was pleased with their performances.
"Thomas and Kevin looked very today," Forde said. "Coach Barnes has been working hard with them and they continue to improve each week."
The rest of the men's team struggled on the day, as junior Coty Kramer was the only other Redbird to crack into the top-five for his respective event. Kramer finished fourth in the 400-meter dash, turning in a season-best time of 50.08.
"I hope the men's team really takes a good look at themselves over the next week," Forde said. "A lot of work needs to happen. We need to continue to work hard, so we are ready for the conference championships."
The women told a different tale, as there were many top-performances on the day. Senior Brittany Smith continued to show why she is one of the top-throwers in the nation, throwing another consistent series in the weight throw, finishing first with a mark of 68-02.25 (20.78m). She then took third in the shot put with a toss of 52-11.50 (16.14m). Abby Kachanuk also threw well in the shot put, hitting a personal-best mark 42-00.00 (12.80m).
Amy Harvoth continued the success in the field, finishing second in the high jump with a season-best leap of 5-04.25 (1.63m). Kendall Rush was the only other Redbird to finish within the top-five in the field events on the women's side, taking second in the triple jump with a mark of 36-04.25 (11.08m).
On the track, Printassia Johnson showed off her speed, taking home two first-place finishes, as she ran a 7.82 in the 60-meter dash, following with a 25.39 in the 200-meter dash. Sade Sealy also posted a first-place finish, running a time of 1:32.11 in the 600-meter run.
The women's distance crew also saw top performances as Kim Christensen and Ashely Kamin finished one-two in the mile, running times of 5:05.96 and 5:09.03, respectively. That was a personal-best for Christensen. Kelly McShea and Kristen Zillmer followed suit, finishing one-two in the 3,000-meter run. Only 4 one-thousandths of a second separated the two, as McShea (9:58.42) crossed the line slightly ahead of Zillmer (9:58.46). Both were career-bests in the event.
"Overall, we did a lot better than we did a week ago," Forde said. "This weekend made last weekend realistic as it was the first meet back from break. There is still a lot of room for improvement, but as a team we walked away feeling much better this week."
The Redbirds return to action Jan. 26, as they host Kent State and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at the Redbird Invite, their last home meet of the indoor season.
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