Redbirds Finish Second At Wisconsin Invitational
Jan. 21, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams finished in second place behind the Wisconsin Badgers at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., Saturday afternoon. The women's team fell 157.5-155.5, while the men finished with 128 points, behind the Badgers' 150.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was not satisfied with the performances on both sides.
"It was just one of those days," said Forde. "It was one of those meets where we struggled to get ourselves going and it showed. I expect better things to come, but today just wasn't one of them. I felt there were a few good performances on the day, and I have to commend Rachael Brewer, Ashley Kamin and Elise Sigg for being those few. We were somewhat down on the throws performance and the sprints were okay with Fabian Norgrove and Kendric Smith establishing new marks. All we can do is build off this and get better heading into the Indiana Relays next weekend."
The men's indoor pentathlon, and the men's and women's discus throw kicked off the invitational Friday evening, with Smith finishing fourth in the pentathlon with a score of 3516, while Curt Jensen (149-00) and Brittany Smith (163-09) finished fourth and third, respectively, in the discus throw.
Continuing with the field events, Rachelle Harbert finished second in the pole vault with a mark of 11-09.75. B. Smith followed up her Friday performance with a second-place finish in the weight throw, with a mark of 66-05.25, the third furthest of her career. Lita Wynne then leaped to a first-place finish in the long jump, with a season-best mark of 18-02.50. Rounding out the top-finishers for the women's field events was Amy Harvoth, who jumped to a second-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.75.
Jake DeJaegher kicked off the field events for the men, reaching a height of 6-02.25 in the high jump, good enough for fourth place. Luke Wielgopolan finished third as the top Redbird in the weight throw, tossing a distance of 57-00.25. Curt Jensen held is own in the shot put, finishing second with a mark of 57-07.50. Teammate Chris McIntyre rounded out the top-three in the shot put, hitting a mark of 52-07.25. Finishing off the field events for the Redbird men was Tyler Knight, who jumped one foot further than second-place finisher Paul Annear to claim first in the event, with a mark of 47-11.25.
Moving on to the track, the women started to show some strength with many top performances. Brea Tinney finished second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:58.04, while Alia McAfee ran a 1:38.35 in the 600-meter run, good enough for second place. In the 400-meter dash, Shandel Ellis finished first with a time of 59.55. Elise Sigg (4:58.90) and Kristen Zillmer (5:04.53) followed up with a first and third finish in the one mile run, respectively. Ellis then ran to second place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.76, a career-best. Rounding out the track events on the day was the women's 4X400-meter relay. McAfee, Ellis, Kendall Rush and Breanna Staples mustered up a first-place finish by almost three seconds (4:03.74).
The men also showed some success on the track, as K. Smith set a new personal-best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.07. This is also the third-fastest time in ISU history. Javar Cruz followed suit, setting a personal-best of his own (51.00) in the 400-meter dash, finishing second. Norgrove continued the trend finishing second in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:21.68. Christopher Hamilton was the last Redbird to take a first place, this one in the 800-meter run, as he posted a time of 1:58.09. The men's track competition ended with the 4X400-meter relay, in which the team of Norgrove, Cruz, Hamilton and Coty Kramer finished second with a time of 3:21.56.
"We are a little banged up at the moment and we didn't let everyone compete today," said Forde. "If we take one thing away from today I hope it is that we have to be mentally in the game every weekend and ready to compete. If we do that, we will be alright. We just didn't have it today."
The Redbirds return to action Friday, Jan. 27, as they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take part in the Indiana Relays.
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