Redbirds Conclude Regular Season at Billy Hayes Invitational
May 4, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-After back-to-back delays due to inclement weather, the Illinois State men's and No. 14 ranked women's track & field teams called it a day at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex Friday evening, as they tuned-up their skills one last time before the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships next weekend in Wichita, Kan.
The meet started off in the field with the hammer throw competition, where Jianna Williams took third for the women, tying a career-best mark of 179-06. Akil Mills followed for the men with a mark of 194-09, good enough for fourth. The long jump followed with Kevin Fisch leaping a career-best 21-00.50.
On the track, Ryan Rutherford set the pace for the men's 3,000-meter run, finishing first with a career-time of 8:32.46. He was followed by the women's 4X100-meter relay of Shandel Ellis, Sade Sealy, Printassia Johnson and Alia McAfee, who ran to a first-place finish with a season-best time of 46.39. Sealy followed that up with a first-place finish of her own in the 400-meter dash, setting a new school record with a time of 53.32. Coty Kramer followed suit in his 400-meter dash, taking third with a personal-best time of 48.02.
Johnson shed some time off her 100-meter dash mark, claiming first with a personal-best time of 12.15, only to follow by setting a new career-mark in the 200-meter dash with a first-place time of 24.60. Mat Smoody lessened his 800-meter run time, claiming first with a new career-time of 1:49.78.
However, the meet would end here for the Redbirds, as two consecutive weather delays would force them to call the meet early for themselves and head back to Normal, Ill. The team will travel full force to Wichita, Kan., on Thursday for the 2012 State Farm MVC Championships Friday through Sunday. Fans can follow both teams live online or via Twitter at @ISURedbirds and @ISU_Track_XC.
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