Redbird Track & Field Adds Two More for 2013-14 Season

April 8, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's and women's track & field and cross country teams signed two more student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their academic and athletic careers at Illinois State, as announced by head track & field coach Elvis Forde Monday.

The two additions to the 2013 ISU recruiting class includes Julia Ott (Gunzenhausen, Germany/Hochschule Ansbach) and Robert Taylor (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South).

"These two individuals can add more depth to our roster," Forde said. "Julia has the potential to be one of the best in our conference, while Robert will add some much needed depth on our men's side. Combined, the two can keep our program moving in the right direction."

Julia Ott | Gunzenhausen, Germany | Hochschule Ansbach

Ott joins Illinois State after competing for the TV 1860 Gunzenhausen Track Club in Germany for the past 10 years. She holds a personal-best mark of 13-05.25 (4.10m) in the pole vault, and has a background in the javelin, holding a career-mark of 131-07 (40.10m). This year, Ott vaulted herself to a personal-best indoor mark of 13-03.50 (4.05m) in Dortmund, Germany, at the Deutsche Meisterschaften. She finished seventh in the event. Her outdoor mark came in 2011, when she competed in Jena, Germany.

Coach Forde on Ott . . .

"Julia is one of the best recruits of this class in terms of her overall success," Forde said. "Her performances to date make her a contender in the conference, and she has the potential to be a national caliber athlete. She has a small background in the javelin and can be an asset that enhances our team. She is a tremendous athlete and we expect positive things from her."

Robert Taylor | Park Ridge, Ill. | Maine South

Taylor signs with Illinois State after spending his high school career running for Maine South. The Park Ridge, Ill., native holds personal-best times of 4:21.35 in the 1,600-meter run, and 14:44.00 in the three-mile. His time of 14:44.00 placed him 18th at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) 3A Cross Country State Championships this past fall. He also holds a career-best time of 16:00.62 in cross country on a 5,000-meter course.



Coach Forde on Taylor. . .

"Robert has a strong base and will be a good miler and steepler for us," Forde said. "He will put some time in with cross country, but his specialty is on the track and will provide us with some much needed depth on the men's side. We can use more bodies and Robert is a quality individual. He will contribute tremendously on the track, and we look forward to spending time with him on our team." Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.