Redbirds Conclude Day Two at Indiana Relays
Feb. 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--The Illinois State men's and women's track and field teams concluded its time in Indiana Saturday evening, as the Redbird squads had their ups and downs day two of the Indiana Relays.
Curt Jensen placed second overall in the men's Invitational shot put with a throw of 19.36m. Jensen finished behind Matt Babicz of DePaul who threw a mark of 19.43m. Akil Mills also had a strong showing in his throwing event, as he finished third overall in the Invitational division of the weight throw with a heave of 20.93m.
Chase Pavelonis competed in the men's Invitational pole vault competition, but could not clear the opening height of 4.85m.
"The meet in general was a little bit tougher than yesterday," head track and field coach Elvis Forde said. "Yesterday we had some great performances, and today we only held our own for some degree. It was nothing spectacular on any front. Chase was doing very well, but didn't quite hit his first height, which was tough to see. Julia is still putting some things together, even after breaking the record last weekend. It is expected with pole vault. You always see kids have up and down weeks."
Anderson Devonish captured a second-place finish in a competitive field of 21, running to a time of 49.08 in the 400-meter race, while Antonio Farley finished with a 400-meter time of 50.50. Devonish and Farley were joined by Coty Kramer and Javar Cruz in the 4X400-meter relay, finishing with a season-best relay time of 3:20.10.
Tyler Morse toed the line for the 5,000-meter race, finishing second overall with a time of 14:56.53.
Kristen Zillmer raced to a season-best time of 2:12.18 in the 800-meter Invitational, while Kaley Ummel and Jackie Mink finished the women's 800-meter run with times of 2:16.37 and 2:18.51, respectively. Ally Christiani finished fourth in the 400-meter race with a time of 26.63.
Julia Ott cleared the opening height of 3.85m on her second jump in the pole vault, but did not make it past the second round height of 3.95m.
"Today it seemed as if the running was a little bit more difficult on the track, and I think some of our freshman still have a lot of learning to do, especially when it comes to running on the bank tracks," Forde said.
The Redbirds are back in action Feb. 7-8, with part of the team heading to South Bend, Ind., for the annual Meyo Invitational, while the rest of the squad competes in the Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan.
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