Throwers Highlight Day Two of Indiana Relays
Jan. 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Strong performances from the throwers closed out the final day of the Indiana Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. The Redbirds field events proved to be the strongest on the day as new career and school marks were set.
Brittany Smith started the day's competition in the women's weight invitational, where she faced-off against the defending NCAA Division I national champion and a couple professionals. Her consistency in the weight holds true as she finished with a distance of 67-08.00, the third farthest in her career and ISU history. She still holds the fourth-furthest throw in collegiate competition this indoor season.
Akil Mills marked his best finish of the season in the men's weight throw invitational, establishing a new career-mark of 65-11.00. This is the third farthest throw in ISU history. Curt Jensen followed up with an outstanding performance of his own, this in the men's shot put invitational. Jensen threw a career-best 59-05.75, the second furthest in school history, to finish fifth.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was pleased with the performance of the throwers.
"The throwers have been struggling as of late," said Forde. "To come out today and be as consistent as ever, shows how hard they have been working to get back on track. Akil found a rhythm early and carried it through to the finals, as well as Brittany. Curt impressed me the most, especially in the field of competitors he was faced with. To set a new personal-best and come that much closer to 60 feet shows that it is a possible feat for him."
On the track, freshman Christopher Hamilton continues to improve on his 800-meter run mark, turning in a time of 1:54.92, two seconds faster than his previous best. Rachael Brewer and Ashley Kamin continued a season of firsts as they raced in their first ever 5,000-meter run at the collegiate level. They finished with times of 17:30.26 and 18:14.52, respectively.
Following up in the men's 5,000-meter run, Jon Roberts finished in second place, running to a new personal-best time of 14:59.36. Kendric Smith carried over his performance form Friday, advancing from the semi-finals in the 60-meter hurdles with the second-fastest time on the day. He finished in the third position with a career-best time of 8.06. That gives him the second-fastest time in ISU history, in which he now holds two of the top three.
"Jon ran a good 5,000-meter race," said Forde. "Setting a new personal-best shows that he can continue build off that performance and turn in faster times. Kendric also continues to work hard, improving his hurdle time one hundredth of a second at a time. We are still a little banged up, but once everyone is healthy I expect some big things from this group.
The Redbirds return to action next weekend (Feb. 3 & 4), as the team splits in two with one group headed across town to Illinois Wesleyan and the other group headed to Notre Dame to participate in the Mayo Invitational.
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