Curt Jensen and Brittany Smith Out-throw Competition in Louisville
April 20, 2012
Illinois State @ Mt. SAC Relays | Lenny Lyles Invitational | Vanderbilt Invite
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Smith and Curt Jensen both take two firsts and a third, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams finish up competition at the Lenny Lyles Invitational at Louisville Cardinal Park, Friday evening. The Redbirds ended up with two team wins on the women's side and three team wins on the men's side.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was pleased with the performances on the day.
"I was pleased with the day after watching the kids perform," said Forde. "The environment of a dual meet encourages the kids to compete and score points, and that is what they did. We still need to have some improvements in certain events, but overall, it was a great day. We need tocontinue to be consistent and be patient over the next couple of weeks in order to get healthy and back to 100 percent heading into the conference meet."
The day's events started off at the Louisville Field Complex with the men's javelin competition, where senior Brian Pflederer took control, winning the event with a mark of 185-03. Teammate Kendric Smith took second with a mark of 166-04. B. Smith then set a new Lenny Lyles Invitational record in the hammer throw, winning the event with a distance of 208-09, which ranks second in the Illinois State history books. She then turned to the discus, finishing third with a mark of 173-05, before taking first in the shot put with a mark of 58-02.50, the second-best of the season for her.
In the men's hammer, Akil Mills mustered a throw of 197-04, taking second place, while Jensen claimed the third spot, posting a mark of 196-04, a personal-best by 11 feet, five inches. Jensen also took first in the discus with a mark of 159-00, before claiming first in his final event, the shot put, with a consistent mark of 59-04.75.
On the track infield, Rachelle Harbert defended her first-place finish from last year in the pole vault competition, taking the top spot with a mark of 12-03.50. Emily Swift followed in fourth with a mark of 11-07.75. For the men, Mike Ziegler claimed the crown, posting a height of 15-09.00 and Chase Pavelonis followed suit in second place with a height of 15-05.00.
On the track, K. Smith ran a personal-best 14.26 in the 110-meter hurdles, taking second place, while Josh Pope took the third slot with a time of 14.92. In the men's 400-meter dash, Fabian Norgrove defended his title from a year ago, running a 48.16. Running partner Mat Smoody pulled from behind to take the second slot in the event with a time of 49.04.
In the men's 800-meter run, Tyler Rippel ran to a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:56.09, while Matt Wiggen finished seventh, crossing the line with a time of 1:57.84. For the women, Breanna Staples was the top Redbird across the line, finishing with a career-best time of 2:16.10. The women's 200-meter dash followed with Printassia Johnson as the top ISU runner on the day, posting a personal-best time of 24.66. As for the men, Norgrove was the top performer, crossing the line in 21.74, a career best. Coty Kramer followed in third with a time of 21.83, also a personal best.
As for the distance events, freshman Kelly McShea was the lone Redbird to compete in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing first with a time of 10:59.45. Wade Reeves and Andrew Sandoval finished two, three forthe men in their steeplechase competition, posting times of 9:35.47 and 9:52.02, respectively.
The day closed with both the men's and women's 4X400-meter relays, where the women's team took second with a time of 3:51.89, while the men took first with a time of 3:15.19.
The team splits yet again, as part continues on to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the Vanderbilt Invite, while the rest head home to rest up for next weekend's Drake Relays. Fans can follow the action of the remaining Redbirds at Vanderbilt via Twitter at @ISURedbirds and @ISU_Track_XC. Live results are also available on GoRedbirds.com or VUCommodores.com.
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