Smith Finishes First, Moves Up National Rankings
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March 23, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Senior Brittany Smith sets the tone early in the outdoor season, finishing first in the discus, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams conclude week one of competition at both the UCF Invite and Cougar Classic Saturday afternoon.
Smith's winning throw of 176-06 (53.80m) was nine feet, five inches further than runner-up Tremanisha Taylor of North Carolina State, and ranks her No. 3 in the nation at the college ranks in the event. She amassed four throws over 164-00 (50m), en route to her first-place finish.
In the 200-meter dash, Printassia Johnson turned in a career-best time of 24.20, while Shandel Ellis finished right behind her with a time of 24.22. Johnson also turned in a time of 12.21 in the 100-meter dash. The threesome, along with Zillmer, also put together a solid 4X400-meter relay, as they finished fourth with a time of 3:42.98.
Only three members of the men's squad competed in Florida today, as Antonio Farley ran the 400-meter dash, before CJ Hamilton and Tyler Rippel showcased their foot speed in the 800-meter run. Farley ran a personal-best time of 49.15, while Hamilton and Rippel turned in times of 2:04.11 and 1:54.39, respectively. That was a personal-best for Rippel. Farley then doubled-back to run a 22.38 in the 200-meter dash.
Back in Illinois, the rest of the men's and women's teams competed in the Cougar Classic, hosted by Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Jake DeJaegher set the tone early, leaping to a personal-best mark of 6-08.75 (2.05m) in the high jump, while Jen Jenkins finished third in the long jump with a leap of 18-02.50 (5.55m).
In the throws, Mahnker Dahnweih finished first in the discus with a throw of 148-10 (45.37m), while Kyle Lambardino finished third on the men's side with a mark of 149-07 (45.59m). Making his 2013 debut, Akil Mills finished first in the hammer throw with a mark of 187-03 (57.07m).
On the track, the women's distance crew finished two through five in the 1,500-meter run. Kelly McShea led the way with a time of 4:41.55. Elise Sigg (4:46.17) finished third, Kim Christensen (4:48.16) fourth and Kaley Ummel (4:50.12) fifth. That was a personal-best for Ummel. McShea followed that up with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:22.51) behind teammate Jackie Mink who turned in a first-place time of 2:20.49.
On the men's side, Tyler Morse and Aidan Askin finished one, two in the 1,500-meter run, turning in times of 4:02.29 and 4:03.30, respectively. Nathan Schreiber also had a solid day, turning in a personal-best performance of 10.81 in the 100-meter dash.
The Redbirds will be back in action next weekend as the women's distance crew heads to California for the Stanford Invite, while the rest of the team travels south to Carbondale, Ill., for the Saluki Invitational.
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