Records Fall for Redbirds at Meyo Invitational
Feb. 4, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior Aisha Praught and junior Sade Sealy each break school records in their respective events, as half of the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams end competition at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. A little bit closer to home, the Illinois State throwers set new career-marks as the other half of the team finished competition at the Keck Invitational at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.
Just one week after breaking a 28-year-old record in the mile, Praught goes out and runs three seconds faster (4:41.49) than last weekend, to finish third in the event. She now holds the top-two times in ISU history and the top time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. Her time of 4:41.49 also ranks 16th in the nation this indoor season.
After a tough outing last week, Sealy bounced back to run a career-best and school record time of 54.79 in the 400-meter dash, which ranks her first in the conference this season.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde couldn't be more pleased with the performance of his team this weekend.
"I couldn't be happier with everyone's performances this weekend than I am," said Forde. "I am very excited for Aisha to continue to set marks for herself and for Sade to bounce back and run like she did; it speaks volumes to the competitiveness within them. Overall, we did the best we could have and if we continue to progress the way we are, I expect some big things to come."
Other notable performances from the Meyo Invitational came from Shandel Ellis in the 200-meter dash. She ran a 24.85 which ranks her tenth in the conference and is almost a second faster than her previous personal-best. Mat Smoody also set a personal-best, this in the 800-meter run where he ran to a time of 1:51.09, a whole second faster than his last. That time also ranks him first in the conference. Rounding out the top performances in South Bend was Elise Sigg in both the mile and 5,000-meter run. She ran the second fastest time of her career in the mile (4:55.81) and the fastest of her career in the 5,000-meter run (16:46.37).
Across town at Illinois Wesleyan, the Redbird throwers and jumpers did some work, with many of them setting some new personal-bests. Rachel Kreuzer vaulted a personal-best 10-06.50 in the pole vault. Freshman Jianna Williams threw the weight a career-best 68-08.50, finishing first in the invitational event. Mahnker Dahnweih crushed her previous career-mark in the weight, throwing a second-best in the invitational of 62-02.00. As for the men, Jake DeJaegher jumped a personal-best 6-06.75 in the high jump, beating is previous mark by almost two inches. Luke Wielgopolan was the last Redbird to set a new career-mark, this in the weight throw, hitting a distance of 59-05.00.
The Redbirds return to competition this weekend as they travel to Allendale, Mich., to compete at Grand Valley State University.
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