Women Win Big Blue Classic, Men Take Third
April 8, 2006
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State women's track and field team dominated in the sprinting events at the Big Blue Classic today, hosted by Eastern Illinois, to help give the Redbird women's squad a substantial lead, winning the meet by 35 points over Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State. The men's squad (136) placed third behind Indiana State (299) and Eastern Illinois (160).
In the sprinting events, the women's team swept the 400-meter race with first, second and third-place finishes in the event from Andrea Mosher (57.74), Brianna Officer (57.95) and Cherise Devers (58.35). The 100-meter dash also saw Devon Williams win the event in 11.86, while teammates Kyndra Curtin (12.05) and Melissa Clarke (12.51) took third and fifth-place respectively. Curtin came back in the 200-meters in third-place, again, with teammate Lian Lucas (24.47) taking first-place plaudits and Clarke (25.25) earning fifth.
Not only did the sprint squad dominate the open events, but ISU won the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Williams, Anna Lovell, Devers and Lucas turned in a 46.77 to win the event. In the 4x400, the foursome of Lovell, Mosher, Devers and Officer won the event quite easily in 3:51.17.
Other first-place finishes include Taylor Carbaugh in the shot put. Carbaugh threw a season-best of 45-04.25 to win the event. Brittney Hourd also won the long jump, while taking third in the 100-meter hurdles. Frannie Epps (15.77) competed with Hourd in the hurdles, turning in the second-fastest time in the event. In the discus, Samantha Springer was second with a throw of 145-07, while Suzy Turner was third in the 1,500-meter run.
The men's squad also swept an event with Bronco Meeks (1:51.39), Dan Tripp (1:52.40) and Geoff Houtman (1:52.86) taking the top three spots in the 800-meters. In the 1,500, Jeremy Doherty placed-third in 3:57.28, while Maxwell Mkwezalamba was sixth in the 400-meters.
In the men's relays, Diondre Williams, Houtman, Mkwezalamba and Meeks teamed up in the 4x400, which resulted in a first-place finish for the foursome, while 4x100-meter relay competitors, Luke Heinrichs, Alex Straughn, DeAndre Tillman and Mkwezalamba turned in the third fastest time.
The field events were highlighted by Mark Jackson in the shot put and Straughn and T.J. Fakehinde in the high jump. Jackson placed second in the shot put with a toss of 54-08.25, while Straughn and Fakehinde each jumped 6-06.75 for second and third-place respectively.
Satisfied with the weekend's results, head track and field coach Elvis Forde felt his team competed well today.
"Considering the circumstances I thought we did very well today," said Forde. "We may not have turned in the fastest times, but we came out and competed hard despite the cold and windy weather."
Next up for the `Birds will be the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by Tennessee on April 12-15, in Knoxville, Tenn.