Track and Field Travels to Compete at Hoosier Relays
Devon Williams
Devon Williams

Feb. 1, 2007

NORMAL, Ill. - Junior Devon Williams and the Illinois State track and field team will be back on the road this weekend when it travels to compete at the Hoosier Relays Friday and Saturday at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind. The first day of competition begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, with the finale starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Head coach Elvis Forde is ready for the Redbirds to begin the heart of their indoor schedule and feels the weekend should be a good start for evaluating the student-athletes' progression.

"This is the time of year where we start switching gears because we are getting ready for the bulk of our schedule," said Forde. "This weekend will be one of our key meets because it will give us a chance to evaluate our talent pool for the conference championships. As we are going into the Hoosier Relays this weekend, we want to try to keep everyone healthy. At the same time, we want our athletes to start to raise their level of performance so we can start making some predictions on how we should expect to finish at the Valley championships."

Williams has been on a successful stretch so far this season, as the Oswego, Ill., native has clinched victories in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes in all four meets the `Birds have competed. Williams will be joined by junior Anna Lovell, who recorded a season-best time of 56.65 as well as the victory in the 400-meter dash last weekend at the Gene Edmonds Cup. Other `Birds to watch in competition include Kim Smudde (800-meters, 4x400-meter relay), junior Suzy Turner (mile-run, 3,000-meter run), Kyndra Curtin (sprints) and sophomore Samantha Springer (throws).

On the men's side, the Redbirds will look to improve on their early season performances as the bulk of the indoor season approaches, beginning with the relays this weekend. Junior Kelley Anderson has secured victories in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes thus far, and will look to add to that this weekend in the 60-meter dash. Sophomore Sam Watts will be a Redbird to watch in the long jump as well as sprints, as the Gary, Ind., native has posted top-three finishes in both areas.

Other `Birds that will be competing include junior Alex Straughn in the jumps, junior DeAndre Tillman (sprints, 4x400-meter relay), freshman Scott Krapf (distance), sophomore Blake Gish and juniors Nick Chumbley and Joe Painter in the throws.