Runners Set PRs to Close Out Meyo, Keck Invitationals
Feb. 2, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Illinois State sprinters Coty Kramer and Antonio Farley break the 50-second barrier in the 400-meter dash at the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Sports Complex on the campus of Notre Dame Saturday evening, as the Redbird men's and women's track & field teams conclude competition for the weekend.
"I felt the group we took to Notre Dame represented Illinois State well," Forde said. "The environment of the Meyo Invitational makes you raise the bar, as you stand side-by-side some of the finest athletes in the nation. It makes you want to step up your game to that next level and up your performance, and that is exactly what we did collectively as a group."
Ashley Kamin started the day off in the women's 3,000-meter run, finishing with a time of 10:14.43. The women's distance crew continued to roll, as Kristen Zillmer, Kelly McShea and Kim Christensen toed the start of the women's mile. McShea and Christensen ran in the same heat, crossing with times of 4:56.62 and 5:06.66, respectively. Zillmer ran in the following heat, making a monster kick with 320-meters to go to claim the win for her section. Her time of 4:53.42 was good enough to place her third overall in the open mile. That was a personal-best for Zillmer.
Freshman Tyler Morse kept the action on the track exciting, shaving another two-seconds off his personal-best to run a 4:14.67 in the men's mile. Perhaps the most exciting action came in the men's 400-meter dash. From the start of the gun, Farley jumped out to a quick lead, powering through to the finish in a career-best time of 49.52. Javar Cruz followed with a personal-best performance of his own, running a 50.22. However, it was Kramer who posted the fastest time on the day for the Redbirds, running a Missouri Valley Conference leading time of 48.64.
The personal-bests kept coming, this time in the men's 800-meter run with sophomore Tyler Rippel. After claiming the 500-meter dash title the night before, Rippel came out and ran a 1:54.47, a full second faster than his previous career mark, moving himself to No. 6 on the Valley best list.
Sade Sealy wrapped up the top performances for the Redbirds at Notre Dame, running in the 400-meter dash Invitational. The senior posted the second-fastest time on the day, running a 54.24 and moving herself up the national charts to No. 25. She was edged out for first place by Jody-Ann Muir of Mississippi State, who ran one-one hundredth of a second faster (54.23) to claim the Meyo title.
This was not the only meet the Redbirds found themselves in on Saturday, as half the team traveled across town to Bloomington, Ill., to compete in the Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan at the Shirk Center. Printassia Johnson posted back-to-back first-place finishes in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, running times of 7.82 and 25.46, respectively. In the women's 3,000-meter run, Elise Sigg lapped the field to run a season-best time of 10:01.65, moving her to No. 8 on the Valley charts. In the hurdles, Jessica McCaskill posted another first-place for Illinois State, running a time of 9.26.
In the field, Brittany Smith continued her dominance in the throws, posting two first-place finishes. In the shot put, she threw a mark of 54-03.25 (16.54m), only to follow up with a 64-07.00 (19.68m) in the weight throw.
As for the guys, Jake DeJaegher, Thomas Jean and Kevin Fisch all posted top-three finishes for the Redbirds. DeJaegher achieved his in the high jump with a mark of 6-04.75 (1.95m), while Jean did his in the pole vault with a height of 15-05.75 (4.72m). Fisch was able to post two top-three finishes, one in the heptathlon (4,617) and the other in the pole vault (15-00.00 / 4.57m).
The Redbirds return to action next weekend, as they travel to Allendale, Mich., to compete in the Grand Valley Invitational. Fans wishing to follow the live action can do so on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC.
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