Women's Distance Crew PRs at Stanford, Rest of Team Battles Rain in Carbondale
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March 30, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The women's distance crew had a career day at the Stanford Invitational Friday evening and the rest of the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams battled heavy rains at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic Saturday afternoon, as the Redbirds concluded week two of the outdoor season.
The weekend for the Redbirds started off late Friday evening, as the women's distance crew ran under the lights at Stanford. Assistant track & field coach Jeff Bovee traveled with the distance crew to the West Coast, and was proud of the performances that he saw.
"I am proud of how our distance crew performed at Stanford," Bovee said. "They made an early statement to the outdoor season, and I look forward to seeing where they take it."
Kelly McShea, Elise Sigg and Kristen Zillmer got the ball rolling on the west coast in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The trio posted three of the fastest times in the nation en route to setting career bests across the board. Sigg was the first to compete, as she won her heat with a time of 10:19.45. McShea and Zillmer followed in the next heat, finishing third and fifth with times of 10:16.95 and 10:14.83, respectively.
"The game plan was to run tough and break 10:30," Bovee said. "Elise got things started off right, raising the bar with an 11-second personal-best. That challenged Kelly and Kristen to raise it to the next level and try to run faster than that, which they did."
Action at Stanford continued well into the late hours, as Rachael Brewer toed the line in the 10,000-meter run. In only her second race at that distance in her career, the junior ran a two-minute personal-best time of 34:29.30, finishing fifth in her heat. That time ranks No. 4 in the Illinois State history books.
"Rachael ran conservative since this was only her second race at the 10,000-meter distance," Bovee said. "She looked comfortable the whole race and managed to run two-minutes faster than her previous career-best. She has a lot of room to grow and I look forward to seeing how she progresses throughout the season."
Back in the Midwest, the rest of the teams got things started Friday in Carbondale, Ill., as the Redbirds kicked-off the meet with the men's and women's discus throws and long jumps. Mahnker Dahnweih was the only ISU woman to compete in the discus, finishing fifth with a personal-best throw of 150-07 (45.91m). On the men's side, Kyle Lambardino led the way with a sixth-place finish, throwing a mark of 154-08 (47.15m). Jen Jenkins was the only Redbird to make it to the finals in the long jump, finishing with a fourth-place mark of 18-01.00 (5.51m).
Saturday's competition began with the men's and women's pole vault. Emily Swift was the top female ISU vaulter, clearing a height of 11-08.50 (3.57m). Kaitlyn Neihesel was not too far behind, reaching a personal-best mark of 11-06.50 (3.52m). At the same time, Luke Wielgopolan and Akil Mills paced the Redbird men in the hammer throw. Wielgopolan finished eighth with a personal-best toss of 182-03 (55.56m), while Mills finished second with a mark of 204-04 (62.29m).
The men's pole vault saw Kevin Fisch clear a height of 15-09.00 (4.80m), while teammate Thomas Jean cleared 15-03.00 (4.65m). On the other side of the track, Kendall Rush posted a fourth-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 38-08.75 (11.80m).
On the track, the women's 4X100-meter relay of Shandel Ellis, Sade Sealy, Sarah Mussallem and Printassia Johnson started the meet off on a high note, claiming the top spot with a time of 46.67. Sealy also won the 400-meter dash, posting a season-best time of 54.12. Johnson followed in the 100-meter dash with a third-place time of 12.27, before Ellis finished the 200-meter dash in second-place with a time of 24.79.
Freshman Kaley Ummel posted the fastest-time for the Redbirds in the 1,500-meter run, finishing third with a personal-best time of 4:42.15. She doubled-back to run in the 800-meter run, where she finished with a time of 2:20.51. Jackie Mink posted the fasted time in the 800 for ISU, running a time of 2:18.40. Kim Christensen closed the running on the track for the women, turning in a time of 17:34.17 in the 5,000-meter run for second place.
On the men's side, Tyler Rippel and CJ Hamilton both had career days in the 800-meter run, finishing fourth and ninth with personal-best times of 1:52.32 and 1:54.24, respectively. Antonio Farley followed with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.01. He also ran in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 22.63. Aidan Askin was the top Redbird finisher in the 1,500-meter run, turning in a personal-best time of 4:02.97, while Tyler Morse was the lone sole to compete in the 5,000-meter run, where he finished eighth with a personal-best time of 14:53.67.
Both teams will take next weekend off before traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the Jim Duncan Invitational hosted by Drake April 12-13.
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