Ott Sets School Record, Multiple Redbirds Hit Personal-Bests
Jianna Williams photo by Joseph Weiser
Jianna Williams photo by Joseph Weiser

Jan. 25, 2014


SOUTH BEND, Ind.--Julia Ott captures the school record in pole vault with a height of 13-03 (4.05m) to take first at the Notre Dame Invitational, besting the former record of 12-09.00 set by Rachelle Harbert in 2012, as multiple Redbirds set personal-bests Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.

The Illinois State men's and women's track and field teams both finished fourth in competition with a team total of 107 points for the men and 84 points for the women.

"The best news of the day for us was establishing a new record from freshman Julia Ott," head track and field coach Elvis Forde said. "She has been very impressive at this time of the year, and she has been working hard. She came in with the ability to break the record and did so."

On the men's side, Kevin Fisch notched a personal-best mark on his second attempt of the round with a vault of 16-02.75 (4.95m). Fisch finished second in competition, as Tim Ehrhardt of Michigan State cleared the same height on his first attempt.  Chase Pavelonis finished fourth in the pole vault with a height of 15-11.00 (4.85m).

"Kevin Fisch also had a very successful day, earning a personal-best mark," Forde said.  "Chase has continued to have a very successful season, being consistent in every meet so far, which is what you want, consistency. Consistency is so important in the growing process."



Curt Jensen and Akil Mills had strong performances in the throwing events today, as Jensen captured first in the shot put with a throw of 64-11.25 (19.79m), and Mills notched a second-place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 64-05.00. Jensen's heave of 64-11.25 came at the end of the final round, as Southern Illinois' Josh Freeman threw for a mark of 63-02.00 (19.25m) moments before Jensen's winning toss.

Ryan Rutherford bested his former career-high in the mile by 10 seconds, as he finished fourth with a time of 4:09.61.

CJ Hamilton had another strong day in the 800-meter run, finishing third with a season-best time of 1:52.87, only milliseconds away from a career-best mark, and Aidan Askin finished two seconds behind Hamilton to grab a personal-best 800-meter time of 1:54.39.

Anderson Devonish ran a personal-best time of 48.34 in the 400-meter run to finish second overall.

"Andy Devonish had a very impressive run," Forde said. "He is a talented individual, and we will expect more from him as the season rolls around."

On the women's side, joining Ott with a personal-best day was Jianna Williams who threw for a mark of 62-10.75 (19.04m) in the weight throw. Williams' third-place toss was a foot better than her former career-high mark and three-feet shy of second-place Sophia Lozano of Southern Illinois.

"Jianna had a personal-best today," Forde said. "She has been very consistent and performing at a high level, which builds her confidence. After competing against Southern Illinois throwers, she got to see what conference will hold. All in all, I think we are walking away feeling better about this meet," Forde said. "We have room to grow, and this was a good starting point after last week. We will take it one meet at a time. There will be bumps in bruises along the way, but overall, a very good weekend."

The Redbirds are back in action Friday Jan. 31, as they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the Indiana Relays. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.