Redbirds Head to Notre Dame, Illinois Wesleyan for the Weekend
Feb. 3, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. -
The Illinois State track & field teams will head across town to Illinois Wesleyan to compete in the Keck Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill. In addition, selected members of both the men's and women's teams will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the 25th-annual Meyo Invitational beginning Friday and running through Saturday at the Loftus Center.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde looks for the team to improve from last week's performance.
"We had a rocky first day at the Indiana Relays," Forde said. "We got a lot of people back on the track and it was good for them to get their feet wet again. The season is a work in progress and they have to come ready to compete each day."
Entering the weekend, the Redbirds are coming off some top performances from a week ago at the Indiana Relays. Senior Aisha Praught broke a 28-year-old record set in 1984 by Wendy Van Mierlo by running a 4:44.40 in the mile, the third-fastest time of that day. Jon Roberts also had an impressive meet on the track, running the 5,000-meter run in 14:59.26, nine seconds faster than his previous, and finishing in second place. Rachael Brewer and Ashley Kamin both continued with their season of firsts, as they both raced in their first-ever 5,000-meter run at the collegiate level, finishing with times of 17:30.26 and 18:14.52, respectively. Kendric Smith had the last top-performance on the track, running to third place in the 60-meter hurdles, with the second fastest time in school history (8.06) and he now holds two of the top three times.
In the throwing events, many personal-bests and records came to light. Junior thrower Curt Jensen hit new marks in the shot put invitational, throwing a career-best 59-05.75 and marking the second furthest distance in school history. He finished fifth in the competition against many top collegiate throwers. Akil Mills also had a strong showing, establishing a new career-mark in the weight throw. His toss of 65-11.00 is the third farthest in ISU history. Brittany Smith rounded out the throwing events for the Redbirds, as she faced-off against the defending NCAA Division I national champion and a few professionals. Her consistency in the weight holds true as she finished with a distance of 67-08.00, holding all top-three marks in school history.
In the field, Mike Ziegler crushed his personal-best in the pole vault, reaching a height of 16-00.75, the second highest of any Redbird.
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