Smith Breaks Two Records in Final Regular-Season Meet
May 4, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Senior thrower Brittany Smith threw a season-best mark of 215-05 (65.66m) in the hammer throw at the Wisconsin Open, breaking the McClimon Track Complex record Saturday afternoon, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up regular-season action in Madison, Wis.
Smith only had two legal marks in the hammer on the day, fouling four of her six throws. However, that was enough, as she threw 22 feet, five inches further than runner-up Taylor Smith of Wisconsin. The eight-time All-American also took first in the shot put, throwing a mark of 56-01.75 (17.11m), and again breaking the McClimon Track Complex record in the process. She was just one foot shy of completing the trifecta, finishing second in the discus with a mark of 168-08 (51.40m).
Freshman Kaitlyn Neiheisel and senior Emily Swift also showed their skills in the field events, finishing two, three in the pole vault, clearing the same height, 11-07.75 (3.55m). Amy Harvoth continued the string of top performances on the day, finishing first in the high jump, with a personal-best leap of 5-05.25 (1.56m).
The men's field events also saw some top performances. Luke Wielgopolan finished third in the hammer throw with a mark of 182-04 (55.58m), while Kyle Lombardino threw a season-best mark of 159-06 (48.62m) in the discus for seventh place. As for the men's pole vault, Thomas Jean took the top spot on the day, vaulting to a height of 15-03.00 (4.65m).
On the track, Kelly McShea ran to a career-best time of 4:35.38 in the 1,500-meter run, finishing second. Rosemary Onyegbule sprinted herself to a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, recording a time of 12.68, while Shandel Ellis and Sade Sealy finished one, two in the 200-meter dash, turning in times of 24.45 and 24.77, respectively.
Antonio Farley paced the flock of Redbirds in the men's 400-meter dash, finishing second with a personal-best time of 48.14. Tyler Rippel and CJ Hamilton also found themselves in the 400-meter dash, something they are not accustomed to, posting times of 48.79 and 48.99 for fifth and sixth place.
Javar Cruz followed, shaving more time off his 400-meter hurdles, recording a personal-best time of 53.44 for fourth place. As for the 200-meter dash on the men's side, Nathan Schreiber posted the top performance on the day for the Redbirds, finishing second with a time of 22.08.
The teams will use tomorrow and early next week to fine-tune their skills before heading back to Des Moines, Iowa, for the third and final time this season for the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Drake. The meet runs May10-12 and can be followed on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC.
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