ISU Heads to Stanford, Southern Illinois for the Weekend
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March 28, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - After a solid opening weekend for the outdoor track & field season, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams split squads once again, heading into week two of competition. The women's distance crew is traveling west to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational, while the rest of the teams are headed south to Carbondale, Ill., for the Bill Cornell Spring Classic.
Rachael Brewer will make her outdoor debut, as she will toe the line in the 10,000-meter run at Stanford. Defending MVC steeplechase champion Kristen Zillmer will make her debut in the event, alongside Kelly McShea and Elise Sigg. Seniors Tim Glover and Brittany Smith, who were both named Valley Athletes of the Week, will take the next few weekends off, as they prepare for the Redbirds' only home meet of the season, the Redbird Spring Invite (April 20).
Illinois State will also have a chance to see where the teams sit so far this outdoor season in the conference, as five Valley schools are slated to compete. Indiana State, Bradley, Missouri State and Southern Illinois will all face-off against ISU in Carbondale.
A WEEK OF HONORS
Just one week into the 2013 outdoor season, senior throwers Tim Glover and Brittany Smith combined for three accolades for their performances this past weekend at the track, as well as in the classroom. Glover was named the Valley Male Field Athlete of the week, after throwing himself to the No. 2 spot in the nation in the javelin with a mark of 253-05 (77.24m). Smith followed suit, earning MVC Female Field Athlete of the Week honors, after finishing the UCF Invite (March 23) with the fourth-best throw in the nation in the discus (176-06 / 53.80m) and the fifth-best throw in the hammer (208-07 / 63.89m). Smith was also named the conference's Scholar Athlete of the Week, as she holds a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.66 in mathematics.
WELL ON HER WAY
Senior Sade Sealy opened her outdoor campaign with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the UCF Invite (March 23), turning in a time of 54.15. That time ranks her No. 1 in the Valley and No. 18 in the nation. A native of Barbados, Sealy has won seven-consecutive Valley titles in the 400-meter dash, and looks to become the first Redbird in school history and second in MVC history to win eight-straight titles in the event, as Cheasa Gibson of Missouri State is the only person to have won eight-straight in conference history (2001-04). Sealy concluded her 2013 indoor campaign ranked 27th in the nation in the event, after posting a time of 54.14 at the Valley Championships.
RACKING UP THE MILES
After turning in a personal-best time of 2:12.56 in the 800-meter run at the UCF Invite (March 23) on the East Coast, junior Kristen Zillmer flies to the West Coast to run the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational. The defending Valley Champion in the event, Zillmer holds a personal-best time of 10:30.43, which she set last year on the West Coast at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Many teams travel south in the early weeks of the outdoor season, giving their sprint crews the best chance at warm weather to post fast times. Illinois State was no different, as its sprint crews competed at the UCF Invite (March 23) and turned in some of the top-times in the Valley. Printassia Johnson turned in a career-best time of 24.20 in the 200-meter dash, with Shandel Ellis on her heels, crossing the finishline with a time of 24.22. The twosome holds the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, in the MVC in the event this year. On the men's side, Antonio Farley showed off his foot speed, turning in personal-best times of 22.38 and 49.15 in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Those are the fifth- and second-fastest times in the conference so far this year.
RUN TYLER, RUN
Sophomore walk-on Tyler Rippel continues to show steady improvement in his 800-meter skills, as he ran himself to a Valley-leading time of 1:54.39 at the UCF Invite (March 23). He is slated to run in both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs this weekend at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic.
Freshmen Tyler Morse, Aidan Askin and Kaley Ummel all made their outdoor debuts this past weekend in the 1,500-meter run at the SIUE Cougar Invite (March 23). Morse and Askin finished one, two, turning in times of 4:02.29 and 4:03.30, respectively. Ummel finished fifth for the women, crossing the finishline with a time of 4:50.12.
Tim Glover opened his senior campaign in dominating fashion, breaking the UCF Track & Field Complex record in the javelin en route to a first place finish with a mark of 253-05 (77.24m). that mark was over 67 feet further than anyone else at the meet and 11 feet, two inches further than the previous facility record, set by Stipe Zunic of Flordia last year. As a result, Glover ranks No. 2 in the nation this year.
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