Rippel Claims Title in 500-Meter Dash, Women's DMR Breaks School Record
Feb. 1, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind.- Sophomore Tyler Rippel runs to a first-place finish in the 500-meter dash and the women's distance crew breaks the Illinois State record in the distance medley relay, as the Redbird men's and women's track & field teams finish up day one at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame at the Loftus Sports Complex.
The day got rolling for the Redbirds with Rachael Brewer in the 5,000-meter run. A rematch of the Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships from September, Brewer toed the line next to Gina Valgoi of Loyola (Ill.), who took first at the home cross country meet to Brewer's second. With an opening mile split of 5:17, Brewer ran tough and split the second mile in 5:20, before finishing the 5,000-meter race with a personal-best time of 16:41.14 for fifth place. That time crushed her previous career-best time by 33 seconds (17:14.37), and ranks her No. 3 in the Redbird history books in the event.
The men's 5,000-meter run followed, with two more ISU runners chipping away seconds off their career-best times. Ryan Rutherford and Sean Senf both finished two-three in their section of the race, turning in almost identical times of 14:48.67 and 14:48.83, respectively. That was a 32 second best for Rutherford.
That laid the foundation for the women's distance crew to get it done in the distance medley relay in record-setting fashion. Kristen Zillmer led it off with the 1,200-meter leg, turning in a split of 3:31, before handing the baton off to Sade Sealy for the 400-meter leg. Sealy split a 54.8, as she passed off the stick to Kim Christensen for the 800-meter leg. She split a 2:18 in the half before freshman Kelly McShea ran a 4:52 mile to close, giving the Redbird women a school-record time of 11:36.25 for fourth place.
Kaley Ummel followed that up with an outstanding performance in the 1,000-meter run, turning in a personal-best time of 2:54.86. However, the excitement on the track came next, as Rippel took to the start in the first section of the 500-meter dash. Leading wire-to-wire, Rippel started fast, and ended faster, turning in a time of 1:04.11, which stood through five more heats for first place. Javar Cruz and Antonio Farley also competed in the event, as they turned in times of 1:06.26 and 1:06.49, respectively.
The Redbirds are back in action tomorrow, as part of the team will conclude action at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame, while other members of the team will be across town in Bloomington, Ill., for the Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan. Fans wishing to follow the live action can do so on GoRedbirds.com or via Twitter at @ISU_Track_XC.
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