April 19, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - After a weekend of solid performances at the 37th-annual Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13) in Des Moines, Iowa, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams return home, as the Redbirds host Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa for the Redbird Spring Invite, their lone home meet of the outdoor season.
The Redbirds combined for 12 individual event titles at Drake, in which Kristen Zillmer and Brittany Smith combined for five.
ISU enters the weekend with five Redbirds ranking atop the Valley leader board in their respective events, with three of them ranking in the top-10 nationally.
Two-time defending NCAA National Champion Tim Glover will make his second appearance this outdoor season, as he has only competed once this outdoor season at the UCF Invite (March 23), throwing 253-05 (77.24m).
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After four-consecutive weeks on the road, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams return home for their loan home meet of the outdoor season, as they host Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa for the Redbird Spring Invite. This triangular meet will also be the first and only scored meet of the season for the Redbirds prior to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May.
Five Redbirds enter the weekend holding the top spot on the Valley leader board. Rachael Brewer holds the fastest time in the 10,000-meter run (34:29.30), Sade Sealy in the 400-meter dash (54.00) and Zillmer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:14.83). In the throws, two-time defending national champion Glover ranks first in the javelin (253-05 // 77.24m), while eight-time All-American Smith holds the No. 1 spot in the hammer with a mark of 209-07 (62.29m).
In addition to holding some of the top spots in the MVC, five ISU track stars also rank in the top-25 nationally. Glover ranks No. 2 in the javelin (253-05 / 77.24m), Smith ranks No. 8 in the hammer (209-07 / 63.89m) and No. 15 in the discus (176-06 / 53.80m), Zillmer holds the ninth-fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:14.83), while Kelly McShea
and Elise Sigg
also rank in the steeplechase at No. 13 and No. 19, respectively.
IT'S IN HIS "JEAN"S
Sophomore pole vaulter Thomas Jean found himself atop the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13) results list, after posting a first-place finish in the pole vault with a personal-best performance of 15-07.00 (4.75m). That a was full foot higher of a clearance than second-place finisher Charles Fenner of Northern Iowa.
UMM, UMM, WHAT'S HER NAME?
After a huge personal-best in the 1,500-meter run two weeks ago, freshman Kaley Ummel posted another career-best time in the 800-meter run at the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13). Ummel ran herself to a fifth-place finish with a time of 2:12.84, eight seconds faster than her previous personal-best time of 2:20.51, set at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic (March 30). She ranks seventh in the Valley this season in the event.
A LITTLE HOP IN THEIR STEP
Kendall Rush and Jen Jenkins finished one,two in the triple jump at the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13), setting new season bests in the process. Rush took the top spot with a mark of 39-00.25 (11.89m), while Jenkins finished second with a mark of 37-08.00 (11.48m).
IT'S ALL IN THE LEGS
Sealy continues to dominate the 400-meter dash, as she took home the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13) title in the event after posting a time of 54.00, 83-hundreths of a second faster than runner-up Eseroghene Okoro of Iowa State. She still ranks No. 1 in the Valley and 28th 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.
A DAY FULL OF FIRSTS
Zillmer was faced with a daunting task at the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13), competing in three events in one day, separated by only a couple hours. As a result, she went out and won all three in dominating fashion. The first event on the day was the 1,500-meter run, in which she ran six seconds faster than anyone else in the field, turning in a time of 4:32.70. She later doubled-back to win the 800-meter run, turning in a personal-best time of 2:09.99, a full second faster than the second-place finisher. If that wasn't enough, she closed the day running a leg on the first-place finishing 4X400-meter relay that set a new Jim Duncan Invitational record with a time of 3:44.18.
A CLEAN SWEEP
Smith went 3-for-3, winning every event she participated in at the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13). She won the discus on day one with a throw of 160-04 (48.87m), before claiming first in the shot put and hammer throw on day two with marks of 52-03.75 (15.94m) and 201-06 (61.43m), respectively. Her marks in the shot put and hammer throw also set new Jim Duncan Invitational records. She ranks 15th, 33rd and eighth in the nation in those events, respectively.
The women's 5,000-meter run at the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 13), was loaded with a plethora of Redbirds. The women's distance crew, headlined by Brewer, finished one, two, three and five. Brewer set the pace with her first-place finishing time of 17:06.68. McShea was right on her heels, turning in a time of 17:11.31, before Sigg crossed the line in third with a time of 17:18.29. Kim Christensen was the only other Redbird to crack into the top five, claiming the fifth spot with a time of 17:34.54. Those were personal-best times for Brewer and McShea.
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