Jensen Signs with Redbird Track and Field

June 25, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's track and field team has signed another student-athlete for the 2009-10 season, as Curtis Jensen signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue his track and field and academic careers at Illinois State. Jensen attended Geneseo High School and was a thrower on the boy's track team.

Head track and field coach Elvis Forde feels that Jensen will be a strong asset to the team and will only improve during his four years at ISU.

"One thing that really attracted us to Curtis was his size," said Forde. "He is 6'4" and 265 pounds, and Curtis is an athletic kid. We think he will improve once he becomes a full time track and field athlete and gets into a structured program where he can practice his events every day. Curtis has a very strong desire to be good at what he does."

Jensen competed at the 2009 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state track meet in the discus throw and shot put. The Colona, Ill., native finished in third place in the 2A shot put event with a throw of 56-01.75. Terron Armstead won the event with a 57-07.00. Jensen then moved over to the discus throw where he ended the day in second place with a throw of 164-05.

Jensen tallied 15 points in the state meet and led Geneseo to a 22nd place team finish.

The Geneseo standout was a member of Team Illinois for the 2009 Midwest Senior Spotlight Meet. Jensen came in fourth in the shot put with a 53-06.50, while fouling in the discus.

Jensen is a member of the Geneseo boy's track team's 100 point club. He tallied 175.50 points during his track and field career.

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