Zillmer, Smith Combine for Five Titles at Jim Duncan Invitational
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April 13, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Kristen Zillmer and Brittany Smith combined for five individual titles, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams conclude action at Drake Stadium at the 37th Annual Jim Duncan Invitational. Zillmer won both the 1,500- and 800-meter runs, while Smith won the discus, shot put and hammer throw competitions.
The teams were faced with some tough conditions, as the weekend brought some cooler temperatures mixed with some swirling winds.
"I think we handled the elements the best we could," head track & field coach Elvis Forde said. "To see the efforts and surprisingly good times despite the weather, I couldn't be happier."
Zillmer's victory in the 1,500-meter run was six seconds faster than the second-place finisher, as she ran a time of 4:32.70. She later doubled-back to win the 800-meter run, turning in a personal-best time of 2:09.99. Following suit, Smith threw 201-06 (61.43m) in the hammer and 52-03.75 (15.94m) in the shot put, winning both her competitions on the day. Both marks were meet records for Smith.
"Brittany had another good weekend," Forde said. "She is having a great season and for her to throw as well as she did in those conditions, she is well on her way to doing something special this year. As for Kristen, she had an awesome double today and to come back and run a leg on the 4X400-meter relay, shows just how fierce of a competitor she is."
Shandel Ellis and Sade Sealy also won events on the day, as Ellis ran to a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.81, not too long after Sealy won the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.00. The duo, along with Zillmer and Printassia Johnson, also claimed the Jim Duncan title in the 4X400-meter relay, turning in a meet-record time of 3:44.18. Johnson, Ellis, Sealy and Sarah Mussallem also combined to run a time of 47.08 in the 4X100-meter relay, claiming that title on the day too.
The only other title on the track for the Redbirds came last night, as Rachael Brewer ran to a first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:06.68.
In the field, the Redbird women finished one, two in the triple jump, as Kendall Rush claimed the title, leaping to a mark of 39-00.25 (11.89m). Jen Jenkins finished second with a mark of 37-08.00 (11.48m). Thomas Jean was the only member of the men's squad to win a title on the day, as he took first in the pole vault with a height of 15-07.00 (4.75m).
Other top performances on the day included Kaley Ummel in the 800-meter run (2:12.84), Johnson in the 100- (12.30) and 200-meter dashes (24.96), Nathan Schreiber in the 200-meter dash (22.06) and Jenna Combs in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.09).
The Redbirds stay home next weekend, as they host their lone home meet of the outdoor season, Saturday, April 20.
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