Women's Team Takes Second at Valley Championships
Curt Jensen after winning the shot put competition

Curt Jensen after winning the shot put competition

May 13, 2012

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WICHITA, Kan. - The Illinois State No. 15-ranked women's track & field team placed second at the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium, scoring 150 points, as both the men's and women's teams finished up competition on Sunday.

Tim Glover was named the meet's Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete, while Curt Jensen was named the Most Valuable Male Athlete of the Meet, as he scored more points than anyone on the men's side with 22.

Highlighting the day's performances was Sade Sealy and Mat Smoody. Each won the conference title in their respective events in dominating fashion. Sealy defended her title from a year ago in the 400-meter dash, running a career-mark and school best 53.13 to take the crown. Smoody ran to his in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:51.63. Both earned all-conference honors with those performances.

Sealy also ran to a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash, posting a career-best time of 23.99, before running a leg of the All-Valley 4X100-meter relay team with teammates Shandel Ellis, Alia McAfee and Printassia Johnson, taking second with a time of 45.55. Ellis also earned Valley honors in the 400 with a third-place time of 54.75.

Brittany Smith claimed her third All-Valley certificate of the championships with a second-place finish in the discus with a mark of 176-04. Jensen followed with a third-place of his own, this in the discus with a mark of 162-11 for Valley honors. As for the jumps, Tyler Knight leaped to a career-best of 50-02.50 to take third and earn All-Valley honors.

The surprise on the day was the men's pole vault crew. Each of the four reached career marks, with two finishing over 16 feet. Mike Ziegler had the top mark for the Redbirds on the day, recording the second-best height in school history with a vault of 16-10.75. Chase Pavelonis followed with a mark of 16-02.75, while Thomas Jean and Kevin Fisch finished tied with a height of 15-03.00.

Fisch was also the lone sole competing in the multi-events for ISU, achieving personal-best marks in six of the 10 events, finishing eighth in the decathlon with a score of 6,436. The freshman is the first Redbird to score in the decathlon in at least the last 10 years. The last runner to earn Valley honors on the day was Elise Sigg, running to a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:40.20.

This concludes the regular season for the Redbirds. Those with regional qualifying marks will compete next week in Austin, Texas, at the 2012 NCAA West Regional Championship hosted by Texas.

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