Nineteen-Year-Old Record Falls at Last Chance Meet
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March 2, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Junior Kristen Zillmer breaks a 19-year-old Illinois State record in the 800-meter run at the Alex Wilson Invitational, as the Redbirds concluded competition at their respective last chance meets at Notre Dame and Arkansas Saturday afternoon.
Zillmer ran herself to a 16th-place finish in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:07.87, 43-hundreths of a second faster than the previous ISU record of 2:08.30, set by Angie Kent in 1994 and was three seconds faster than her previous career-best time of 2:10.82, set at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9) earlier this season. That school-record time of 2:07.87 wasn't quite fast enough to crack into the top-16 nationally, as Zillmer sits in the No. 53 spot, while the final-qualifying spot for nationals holds a time of 2:05.95 in the event.
Joining Zillmer at Notre Dame was Rachael Brewer and Kelly McShea, as both were competing in the mile. Each coming off a top-three finish in the event at the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the duo found themselves in the same section, as they tried to post a time fast enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
McShea was the first Redbird to cross the line, finishing with a time of 4:51.78, just two seconds off her personal-best, while Brewer found herself a few seconds behind, crossing the line with a time of 4:58.84. The duo ranks No. 90 and No. 85, respectively, on the national lists, with the No. 16 spot clocking in with a time of 4:36.59.
Sade Sealy was the lone Redbird to travel to Arkansas to compete in its final qualifier, which was ran Friday night. After posting a time of 54.14 at the Valley Championships in the 400-meter dash and winning her fourth-straight title in the event, the senior found herself ranked No. 24 in the nation heading into competition. Sealy ran a time of 55.04, falling three spots in the national rankings, as her previous time still stands as her best. As of right now, it will take a time of 53.06 to make it to nationals.
Senior thrower Brittany Smith is the only Redbird who ranks within the top-16 nationally in his or her respective events, sitting in the No. 7 spot in both the weight throw and shot put. If that stands, Smith will head to Arkansas this week to compete in the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by the Razorbacks, March 8-9.
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