Brittany Smith Breaks School Record to Kick Off the 2012-13 Indoor Season
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Dec. 8, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams kicked off the 2012-13 season at home, as it played host to the ISU Open, Saturday, at Horton Field House. Senior Brittany Smith broke the 70-foot barrier in the weight throw, throwing a staggering 70-07.00, one-foot three-inches further than her previous best and school record.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was pleased with the day's events.
"A meet like this gives everyone a chance to see where they are at heading into the holiday break," Forde said. "This is a great meet to gauge where the team is and where we need to work on things heading into the heart of the season. It was great to see Brittany break the 70-foot barrier, but she knows that she is going to have to continue raising the bar throughout the season. The sprinters also showed some light, as Printassia Johnson had two solid races in the 60- and 200-meter dashes."
The meet kicked off with the field events at 10 a.m. Smith opened her 2012-13 campaign, winning the women's shot put competition with a toss of 54-06.00. Jianna Willams placed third, with a personal-best throw of 44-05.50, while freshman Abby Kachanuk took sixth with a toss of 39-11.25. Williams also found herself in the top-three in the weight throw, finishing third with a mark of 57-05.50. In the men's weight throw, Luke Wielgopolan was the top Redbird, finishing fourth with a throw of 56-05.75.
The women's long jump produced four ISU jumpers in the top-five. Jen Jenkins took first with a leap of 17-10.25, while Kendall Rush finished third with a jump of 17-04.00. In her collegiate debut, freshman Allie Virgilio leaped to a fourth-place finish with a mark of 16-02.00. The threesome then went on to compete in the triple jump where they finished one-two-three with Rush on top with a mark of 38-07.00. On the pole vault runway, two Redbirds made their debut, while two others beat their personal-bests. Thomas Jean and Kevin Fisch finished one-two atop the leaderboard, both clearing a height of 14-11.50, a half inch higher than their career-marks set one year ago. Nick Bednarek and Alex Wielbik both made their collegiate debut, clearing heights of 13-11.75 and 12-11.75, respectively.
On the track, Kristen Zillmer paced the women's mile, taking the top spot with a time of 5:00.47. Teammate Kaley Ummel followed close behind, taking second with a time of 5:23.23. The hurdlers took the track next, with freshman Jessica McCaskill taking the No. 2 spot for the Redbirds in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.21. Jenna Combs took fifth with a time of 9.73. Fisch and Antonio Foster were the only two Illinois State runners to compete in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing with times of 9.03 and 9.08, respectively.
The 60-meter dash saw three ISU runners in the top-four, with Johnson taking second with a personal-best time of 7.73. Rosemary Onyegbule and Sarah Mussallem both made their Redbird debuts, finishing three-four in the event with times of 8.00 and 8.12, respectively. All three came back in the 200-meter dash, where Johnson ran the fastest time of the day, 25.02.
Known as a 400-meter dash runner, senior Sade Sealy found herself in the 800-meter run, finishing first with a time of 2:16.40.
The men's 60-meter dash found Ben Sparkman out in front with a time of 7.03. He came back to finish fourth in the 200-meter dash where he posted a time of 23.26. Coty Kramer made his season debut in the 400-meter dash, turning in a time of 50.52. The highlight of the track on the men's side was the 800-meter run where Tyler Rippel and Fabian Norgrove found themselves duking it out for first place. Rippel edged Norgrove by a fraction of a second as they turned in times of 1:56.04 and 1:56.14, respectively.
The Redbirds will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 12, as both teams travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the annual dual meet against Indiana State.
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