Redbirds Head to Tennessee for the Sea Ray Relays
April 12, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams hit the road this weekend, as they compete in the Sea Ray Relays at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The meet began Wednesday with the men's multi-events and concludes Saturday evening with the 4x400m relays.
Kevin Fisch is the lone Redbird competing in the multi-events, where he sits in ninth placed heading into the Thursday's conclusion of the decathlon. The only other event slated for Thursday is the women's hammer throw which will kick off at 5 p.m. EST. However, Friday has a full day of action, as the field events take off at 12:15 p.m. EST, followed by running events at 12:35 p.m. EST.
Saturday's agenda will feature a two-hour window designed for showcasing the meet's elite athletes entered in nine different events. Only the top men and women in those respective events will compete at this time From noon to 2 p.m. EST, the Sea Ray Showcase will feature the 200m, 1,500m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 400m and 100m. Relays will also be featured which includes the distance medley relay, 4X100m and the 4X400m. In the field, the women's discus invitational, men's high jump, men's and women's long jump and women's javelin will be taking place.
Last weekend, the Redbirds posted two wins in head-to-head action against Southern Illinois. The men's team won by a score of 114.5-84.5, while the women finished with 102 points, compared to the 94 from the Salukis. Leading the way for the women was Leigh Petranoff in the javelin, recording a record-breaking throw of 173-03, moving her to third in the nation and first in the Missouri Valley Conference. Thrower Brittany Smith followed suit, breaking her own school-record in the shot put with a toss of 55-02.75.
On the track, Kristen Zillmer (10:33.96), Elise Sigg (10:35.83) and Rachael Brewer (10:36.70) kicked off the running events for the Redbirds in the steeplechase where they finished one-two-three, respectively. The trio rests atop the MVC best list in the same order. Aisha Praught concluded, making her outdoor debut in the 800m, where she ran a personal-best 2:07.93.
For the men, defending NCAA national champion Tim Glover made his 2012 debut, throwing a Redbird Track & Field Complex record of 242-10 in the javelin, and as a result, earned MVC Field Athlete of the Week honors. Curt Jensen followed with a first in the shot put (57-04.75), while teammate Akil Mills claimed first place in the weight throw with a mark of 196-09.
Fabian Norgrove got the men started on the track, winning the 400m and the 200m with times of 48.34 and 21.76, respectively. Kendric Smith ended the track pursuit for the Redbirds, hurdling to a new career-mark of 14.34 in the 110m hurdles, winning the even in the process.
Fans can follow the Redbird track & field teams on Twitter at @ISU_Track_XC or at @ISURedbirds. Live results will also be available for those wishing to follow the team that way. A live video stream will also be accessible through Tennessee's All-Access on its website for Friday and Saturday events only.
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