Track & Field Heads to Drake for 37th Jim Duncan Invitational
April 10, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - After a one-week hiatus from competition, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams head to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 37th-Annual Jim Duncan Invitational at Drake Stadium, April 12-13.
This is the first of three trips to Iowa's capital for the Redbirds, as they look to continue the solid stretch of performances that took place two weeks ago at Stanford and Southern Illinois.
The women's distance crew is coming off an outstanding performance on the West Coast, as the foursome of Rachael Brewer, Kelly McShea, Elise Sigg and Kristen Zillmer ran themselves to new personal-best times in their respective events. The foursome ranks among the top-25 nationally in those events, and Zillmer, McShea and Sigg rank in order atop the Valley best list in the steeplechase.
Kevin Fisch is the lone Redbird traveling to Macomb, Ill., to compete in the 24th-Annual Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational. This will be his first decathlon of the outdoor season, as he finished sixth in the heptathlon at the MVC Indoor Championships this past February.
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Both the Illinois State men's and women's teams make their first of three trips to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete at Drake Stadium. The teams will compete in the Jim Duncan Invitational this weekend, before heading home for the Redbird Spring Invite (April 20). They will then head back to Drake for the 104th running of the Drake Relays (April 24-28). The last trek to the Hawkeye State will come May 10-12, when Drake hosts the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The women's distance runners posted some of the fastest times in the nation in their respective events at the Stanford Invite (March 30). Zillmer paced the steeple trio to a top-10 time in the nation, holding down the No. 9 spot with a time of 10:14.83. McShea also ranks in the top-20, sitting at No. 12 with a time of 10:16.95, while Sigg holds the 17th-fastest time in the nation of 10:19.45. Brewer was the lone Redbird to compete in the 10,000-meter run, finishing with a personal-best time of 34:29.30, ranking her 25th in the nation.
In just his second meet back from being sidelined with an injury, Akil Mills paced the ISU men in the hammer throw at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic (March 30), throwing a mark of 204-04 (62.29m). The mark is the second-furthest of his career, and ranks him No. 3 in the conference this season.
TURNING ON THE JETS
Senior Sade Sealy continues to shave time off her 400-meter dash, as she ran a season-leading time of 54.12 at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic (March 30). That time ranks her No. 1 in the Valley and 25th in the West Region. 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.
THREE'S A CROWD
The women's distance trio of Zillmer, McShea and Sigg broke through personal-barriers, running career-best times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invite (March 30). Zillmer paced the threesome with a time of 10:14.83. McShea was right on her heels, finishing with a time of 10:16.95, while Sigg turned in a time of 10:19.45. The three of them rank in that order atop the Valley best list this season, and hold the No. 9, 12 and 17 spots in the nation, respectively.
ONLY 25, LAPS THAT IS
Brewer was the only Redbird to compete in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invite (March 30), finishing with a personal-best time of 34:29.30. The 25 lap, 6.2 mile race around the track concluded with Brewer running the fifth-fastest time in her section and the fourth-fastest time in ISU history. She stands atop the MVC leaderboard by three minutes and ranks No. 25 in the nation in the event.
BACK IN ACTION
In just his second meet back from an injury, Mills threw a season-best 204-04 (62.29m) in the hammer throw at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic (March 30), finishing second. That throw ranks him third in the Valley this season, and No. 14 in the West Region.
RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM
Walk-on Tyler Rippel continues to run faster each week in the 800-meter run, as he continues his quest for a conference title in the event. The sophomore ran two-seconds faster than his previous career-best time, finishing fourth in the event at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic (March 30) with a time of 1:52.32. He ranks No. 2 in the Valley behind Ryan Hocker of Wichita State (1:52.17).
Hip surgery is nothing for redshirt-freshman CJ Hamilton, as he is back in the thick of things, running as fast as he was a year ago in the 800-meter run. The Bloomington, Ill., native didn't compete last outdoor season, but finished third indoors at the conference meet. After a long ways back to full strength, Hamilton showed off his toughness at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, finishing ninth with a time of 1:54.24.
LEGGIN' IT OUT
Kaley Ummel showed her foot speed in the 1,500-meter run at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic (March 30), running to a third-place finish with a personal-best time of 4:42.15. Aidan Askin followed suit, finishing the men's race with a career-time of 4:02.97. That was an eight-second PR for Ummel and a full second off of Askin's previous best time.
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