ISU Set to Compete Against Top Teams at Notre Dame
Ryan Rutherford
Ryan Rutherford

Jan. 24, 2014

NORMAL, Ill.— The Illinois State men’s and women’s track and field teams head northeast to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational Saturday.

Field events will begin at 10 a.m. CST, with running events to follow at 12 p.m. CST, featuring teams from Michigan State, Southern Illinois and host school Notre Dame.

“It is the second competition after coming back to school,” head track and field coach Elvis Forde said. “Every weekend we want to see improvements and the fitness level of our athletes to increase. This is going to be a very good competition, as we go against high-power schools like Notre Dame and Michigan State, along with conference rival Southern Illinois. It is going to be a good contest in every event, and I am looking forward to our athletes raising their level of performance this weekend. I think our athletes are ready after last weekend, and I am looking forward to our athletes testing themselves this weekend.”

Senior throwers Curt Jensen and Akil Mills will lead the Redbird men in the shot put and weight throw, after capturing facility records at the annual Indiana State-Illinois State dual meet in Terre Haute, Ind. Mills threw to first place in the weight throw with a heave of 65-11.50 (20.10m) to notch a Rose-Hulman record, following a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 52-01.75 (15.89m). Jensen captured a mark of 63-05 (19.33m) to pick up a Rose-Hulman facility record, four feet shy of his personal-best toss and nearly six feet ahead of second-place Chris Fields of Indiana State. The Colona, Ill., native tossed a mark of 59-02 (18.03m) in the weight throw to finish third overall and second on the Redbird squad.


 

 

“Sotuhern Illinois has great throwers across the board, so we are looking forward to see how Curt and Akil raise the bar, in that regard,” Forde said. “I think both of them are throwing quite well at this point.”

Chase Pavelonis looks to be the go-to vaulter for the Redbirds, after a second-place finish at the dual meet with a vault of 16-00.00 (4.88m).

Sean Senf and Dave Eckhart will compete in the 3,000-meter race, while Ryan Rutherford and Tyler Morse look to continue their success in the mile. Rutherford finished second last weekend with a personal-best time of 8:22.48 in the 3,000-meter race, right behind the Missouri Valley Conference cross country champion John Mascari of Indiana State.

CJ Hamilton looks to capture his third first-place finish in the 800-meter race, after notching a winning time of 1:56.50 last Friday.

On the women’s side, Jianna Williams looks to lead the Redbird women in the throwing events, while Julia Ott will look to continue her success in the pole vault.

Rachael Brewer and Kristen Zillmer will compete in the mile, after notching first-place finishes last Friday in their respective events, while Kelly McShea and Haley Goers will race in the 3,000-meter run.

“Notre Dame, Michigan State and Southern Illinois have a good distance program, so we are looking forward to a fantastic test in that regard for both men and women,” Forde said.

Shandel Ellis looks for her third-consecutive victory in the 200-meter dash, and Printassia Johnson will lead the Redbirds in the sprints.

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