Redbirds Conclude Competition at GVSU Big Meet
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Feb. 9, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - With the final day of competition in the books at the Grand Valley State (GVSU) Big Meet, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams feel a sense of accomplishment after a number of Redbirds set new career-marks in their respective events at the Kelly Family Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde saw solid effort from everyone, as the teams prepare for the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Northern Iowa, Feb. 25-26.
"This is the kind of day a coach likes to see with everyone giving a solid effort," Forde said. "With the conference championships two weeks away, it's nice to see everyone compete. We need to take today's effort and use it over the next two weeks to sharpen up both physically and mentally so we can be healthy and competitive come the conference championships. Everyone is going to have to contribute at some level and that is exactly what we expect them to do."
The majority of both teams competed yesterday in the invitational sections of the meet, however, there were a number of Redbirds who turned in personal-best performances on the day. On the track, freshman Antonio Farley ran career-best times of 22.80 and 48.96 in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, just one week after trimming is 400-meter time down under 50 seconds.
Sophomores Javar Cruz and Tyler Rippel followed suit, as Cruz ran a personal-best time of 22.72 in the 200-meter dash, before Rippel turned in a career-time of 50.66 in the 400-meter dash. Nathan Schreiber tied his personal-best in the 60-meter dash, running a time of 7.11 for ninth place. Freshman Travis Trevizo was the last Redbird to turn in a career-best performance on the track for the men, running a 1:58.04 in the 800-meter run.
On the women's side, freshman Rosemary Onyegbule sprinting to a personal-best time of 26.13 in the 200-meter dash, with sophomore Printassia Johnson following up with a career-time of 57.87 in the 400-meter dash. The triple jump also saw solid performances for the women, as Kendall Rush turned in a mark of 37-10.50 (11.54m), while Jen Jenkins and Allie Virgilio turned in season-best performances of 37-08.50 (11.49m) and 36-10.50 (11.24m), respectively. That was also a personal-best for Virgilio.
The Redbirds will travel to Purdue Feb. 16 for the Boilermaker Invitational, serving as one final tune up before the Valley Championships the following week.
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