Redbirds Finish Day One of Sea Ray Relays on High Note
April 13, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After a long day at the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams finished with two top performances on the day. Curt Jensen tied the ISU record of 59-09.00 in the shot put, winning the event, while Ryan Rutherford finished his first-ever 10,000m run with a second-place time of 30:34.66.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was excited to see how the day finished out.
"Today was a great day overall," said Forde. "As a coach, a long bus trip is always fearful because you are sitting around for eight hours in our case, and I have to give credit to our kids because even after a long trip, they came ready to compete. I hope they can carry over today into tomorrow because there are some special events that are taking place which includes a number of our kids competing in the Sea Ray Showcase."
Friday's events started off bright and early with the men's open discus, where Jensen also took first with a mark of 150-04. Rachelle Harbert followed in the pole vault where she set a new career-mark and Redbird record of 12-09.50, good enough for sixth place. Mike Ziegler followed with a third-place finish in the men's pole vault with a height of 15-05.00.
Kendric Smith got things rolling on the track for the Redbirds with a 14.40 performance in the 110m hurdles, taking seventh overall. Drake Steudemann followed in the 400m hurdles, taking fifth with a personal-best time of 54.42. A plethora of ISU runners took to the start in the women's 200m dash, where Shandel Ellis and Sade Sealy were the first two Redbirds to flock across the line with times of 24.60 and 24.67, respectively. Coty Kramer followed in the men's 200m with a personal-best time of 21.84, taking 15th.
Jil Kerkman kicked off the distance events for the ISU squad, running a personal-best and second-place time of 2:11.79, while teammates Ruth Allen and Geena Loesch crossed the line together with times of 2:15.57 and 2:15.70, respectively. As for the men, Steve Regan led the charge as the first Redbird to cross the line in 13th with a time of 1:55.79.
Tomorrow's events features a number individuals competing in the Sea Ray Showcase form noon to 2 p.m. EST, while the evening will feature ISU javelin standouts Leigh Petranoff and Tim Glover, the defending NCAA national champion.
Fans can follow the Redbird track & field teams on Twitter at @ISU_Track_XC or at @ISURedbirds. Live results will also be available for those wishing to follow the team that way. A live video stream will also be accessible through Tennessee's All-Access on it's website for the remainder of the meet.
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