ISU Track & Field Conclude Regular-Season at Purdue
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Feb. 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams concluded regular-season action at the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational at Lambert Fieldhouse, Saturday afternoon, as the teams fine-tuned their skills in preparation for the Missouri Valley Conference Championships next weekend.
Assistant track & field coach Jeff Bovee felt the group that traveled to Purdue performed well.
"In my time at ISU, this was one of the most productive pre-championship meets we have had," Bovee said. "Everyone that traveled showed up ready to compete. A lot of people made some great progress today and we built some nice momentum, as we head into the conference championships next weekend."
Action in the field included Brittany Smith going head-to-head with two-time defending Big Ten champion and No.8 nationally-ranked Dani Bunch of Purdue in the weight throw. Smith showed why she has been one of the top throwers in the nation throughout her tenure at Illinois State, throwing 69-06.00 (21.18m), the third-furthest mark for her this season, and two feet, 11 inches further than Bunch who threw 66-07.00 (20.29m). The two also duked it out in the shot put ring, where Smith prevailed once again, throwing 55-06.50 (16.93m), one foot, three and one-half inches further than Bunch. Those two first-place finishes gives Smith 10 wins this season combined in both events.
The women's high jump saw Amy Harvoth tying her season-best jump of 5-05.00 (1.65m), taking second on the day, while Amanda Rafidia leaped 5-03.00 (1.60m), matching her season-best for third place. Allie Virgilio was the only other jumper competing on the women's side, as she took to the runway in the triple jump. Virgilio leaped to a fifth-place finish in the event with a mark of 35-06.75 (10.84m), the second-best jump of her career.
Emily Swift was the only other field competitor on the day for the Redbird women's squad, as she finished second in the pole vault with a height of 10-11.75 (3.35m).
The men's field events showcased a lot of young talent, as a number of freshmen and sophomores competed in today's events. The long jump saw freshman Adonis Hill leaping to a second-place finish, with a mark of 21-06.25 (6.56m), while classmate Demetri Alimissis and sophomore Jake DeJaegher tied for third with a mark of 21-04.75. That was a personal-best for Alimissis. DeJaegher doubled-back in the high jump, matching his season-best mark of 6-04.75 (1.95m) for third place. Josh Prosser was the last jumper to compete on the day, finishing fifth in the high jump with a mark of 6-02.75 (1.90m).
As for the throws, Luke Wielgopolan and Kyle Lambardino were the only ISU throwers to compete on the day, as they took to the ring in the weight throw, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Wielgopolan threw a mark of 54-02.75 (16.53m), while Lambardino hit a mark of 52-10.75 (16.12m).
On the track, Shandel Ellis found her stride in the 400-meter dash, finishing third with a time of 57.59. She doubled-back to win the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.17. In the 60-meter dash, Printassia Johnson finished second with a time of 7.76, just shy of her personal-best, while Rosemary Onyegbule ran to a third-place finish with a career-best time of 7.85. Jessica McCaskill was the lone hurdler on the women's side, finishing the 60-meter hurdles in fourth with a personal-best time of 9.03.
In the distance events, freshman Kaley Ummel ran a career-best time in the mile, shaving five seconds of her best to finish second with a time of 5:05.28. Jackie Mink followed suit, running a three-second personal-best in the 800-meter run, turning in a fourth-place time of 2:18.07. Sarah Castel and Krista DeCeault managed to run 14-second personal-bests in the 3,000-meter run, turning in times of 10:27.51 and 10:27.72, for third and fourth place, respectively.
On the men's side, Tyler Rippel ran to a first-place finish in the 600-meter run, turning in a personal-best time of 1:20.46. Grant Grimshaw followed suit, turning in a personal-best time of 2:00.60 in the 800-meter run for eighth place. Aidan Askin and Travis Trevizo finished second and third in the 1,000-meter run, crossing the finishline with times of 2:37.71 and 2:39.52, respectively.
Antonio Farley sprinted to a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, turning in a time of 50.46, while Nate Schreiber posted a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.74. Alimissis and Hill also competed in the 60-meter dash, turning in times of 7.15 and 7.24 for fourth and sixth place, respectively. That was another personal-best for Alimissis.
The Redbirds return to action next weekend, as they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Northern Iowa. Competition is slated to begin Saturday, Feb. 23, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24. Fans wishing to follow the live action can do so on GoRedbirds.com and on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC.
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