Women Dominate Redbird Invite, Men Finish Third
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April 20, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - With fans lining the fences and bleachers of the Redbird Track & Field Complex, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams recorded 15 first-place finishes Saturday afternoon at the Redbird Spring Invite, ISU's lone home meet of the season.
A triangular scored meet with Northern Iowa and Eastern Illinois, the women's team posted a first-place finish with a score of 73, while the men's squad finished third with a score of 31.16.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was happy with the results of both squads.
"We couldn't have asked for a better day," Forde said. "The weather was very cooperative and it allowed both teams to get some quality racing in. To have some the performances we did in front of the home crowd makes this day a special one."
The meet started early with Brittany Smith and Akil Mills in the hammer throw. Smith won the women's hammer competition with a throw of 198-07 (60.52m), while Mills took first for the men with a toss of 189-04 (62.29m). Smith later went on to win both the shot put and discus (166-08 / 50.79m), recording a season-best throw of 56-03.25 (17.15m) in the shot put.
"Brittany and Akil looked good today," Forde said. "It is always nice to see the athletes have a good performance in front of their family and friends. They were not personal-bests, but we are training through for the Drake Relays next weekend."
The highlight of the day came in the men's javelin throw with two-time defending NCAA National Champion Tim Glover highlighting the field. The crowd lined the fences as the local product took to the runway for his first throw, which ended up being his best, as it landed at 246-02 (75.03m). He broke his own facility record he set last spring, winning the competition by over 60 feet.
"Tim strung together a solid series," Forde said. "This was only his second meet and I am happy to see where he is at headed into Drake Relays and conference in three weeks."
Three different Redbirds took firsts in the horizontal jumps, with sprint specialist Printassia Johnson making her debut in the long jump. Johnson surprised the crowd, leaping to a first-place mark of 18-06.00 (5.64m). Kendall Rush followed suite in the triple jump, finishing first with a mark of 38-11.00 (11.86m). Demetri Alimissis also posted a first-place finish in the long jump on the men's side, leaping to a career-best 22-08.50 (6.92m).
In the high jump, Jake DeJaegher leaped to a first-place finish, clearing a height of 6-08.25 (2.04m), just one centimeter shy of his personal-best. Amy Harvoth followed for the women, claiming her own first place with a leap of 5-04.50 (1.64m).
On the track, Sade Sealy posted two first-place finishes, taking home the crown in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. In the 400-meter dash, Sealy ran a season-best time of 53.59, only to bounce back and run a time of 24.75 in the 200-meter dash. Jenna Combs was the only other Redbird to post an individual first-place performance, running a career-best time of 1:01.87 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Both the ISU women's 4X100- and 4X400-meter relays were the only other first-place finishes on the day, as they posted times of 46.61 and 3:44.59, respectively.
Other top performances on the day included Jen Jenkins in the long jump (2nd / 17-11.75) and triple jump (2nd / 37-04.00), Kyle Lombardino in the discus (2nd / 155-05), Josh Prosser in the high jump (2nd / 6-04.25), Kevin Fisch in the high jump (2nd / 6-04.25), Shandel Ellis in the 200- (2nd / 24.82) and 400-meter dashes (2nd / 55.88) and Kristen Zillmer in the 800-meter run (2nd / 2:13.20).
The Redbirds are back in action next weekend, as part of the team travels to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 104th Drake Relays, while the rest of the team heads to Benedictine.
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