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The Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams head to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Northern Iowa. The Redbirds are coming off an indoor season campaign that consisted of numerous personal-best marks, as well as a few school records.

Last year, the women's squad finished a disappointing third at the indoor championships. However, the stage is set just like it was a year ago, as the women's cross country team claimed its second-straight Valley title. The women's distance crew scored 69 points indoors last year, and will look to do about the same, if not better, as the team tries to capture its first conference title under head coach Elvis Forde.

The men's team finished sixth a year ago, and looks to improve upon that mark this year with a number of new faces. A realatively young team, the squad looks to capitalize on the veteran leadership of Coty Kramer, the only returning all-conference performer from last year's team.

 

 

@ISU_Track_XC Quick Hits

» After scoring a combined 69 points at the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships and winning back-to-back Valley titles in cross country, the women's distance crew continues the high standard set a year ago, as they hold five of 12 top-three spots in the Valley in the distance events. Kristen Zillmer holds the No. 2 spot in the 800-meter run (2:10.82) and the No. 3 spot in the mile (4:53.42), Rachael Brewer holds the No. 2 spot in the mile (4:53.06) and the 3,000- (9:39.81) and 5,000-meter (16:41.14) runs, respectively. Kelly McShea also holds a top-five ranking in each of the three events and will be among three who will triple at the championships, with Brewer and Kim Christensen.

» The Redbird women have accumulated three Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week Honors, as Brittany Smith earned the award twice (Jan. 15 & Jan. 23), while Brewer has earned one (Feb. 6). Smith holds the No. 5 spot in the nation in the weight throw, after a career-best and Illinois State-record breaking throw of 70-07.00 (21.51m) at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8). She finished third in the event a year ago at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. She holds the No. 8 spot in the national shot put rankings, after a 55-11.25 (17.05m) performance at the Redbird Invite (Jan. 26).

» The Redbird relay squads have broken two school-records this season, one in the 4X400-meter relay (Feb. 10) and the other in the distance medley relay (Feb. 2) with times of 3:42.68 and 11:36.25, respectively.

» Sade Sealy ranks No. 34 in the nation in the 400-meter dash, after posting a season-best time of 54.24 at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2) to finish second.

» Brewer is the only Redbird to hold a No. 2 ranking in all three of her events in the Missouri Valley Conference. Her times in the 5,000- and 3,000-meter runs and mile rank her second in all three behind Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Brewer | JR | Tuscola, Ill. | Tuscola

The only Redbird to hold a No. 2 ranking in the Valley in all three of her events, Brewer holds the fastest Illinois State times this season in the mile, and the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. Throughout the course of the season, the Missouri Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Week (Feb. 5) has ran career times in every meet this season, shaving 10 seconds off her 3,000-meter time at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9), finishing first with a time of 9:39.81.She has also posted a 4:53.06 mile at the Redbird Invite (Jan. 26), before a huge 33-second PR in the 5,000-meter run at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2), running herself to the No. 3 spot in the Redbird record books with a fifth-place time of 16:41.14.

Brewer will toe the line against the rest of the Valley in the mile, and both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antonio Farley | FR | Grayslake, Ill. | Round Lake

After being hampered by an early season strain, Farley has really come on to the landscape as one of the top sprinters for the Redbird men this season. The freshman shaved his 400-meter dash time down in three-consecutive meets, running a career-best time of 48.96 at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9), finishing first. He ranks second on the team in the 400-meter dash and fourth on the team in the 200-meter dash, having just ran the 200 once this season (22.80).

Farley is also an intricate part of the 4X400-meter relay squad that ranks sixth in the Valley this season. A year ago, the squad was edged out of first place by one one-thousandth of a second, as a UNI forward lean was the difference.

A native of Grayslake, Ill., Farley will hit the blocks in the 200- and 400-meter dash, and run a leg on the 4X400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Fisch | SO | Homer Glen, Ill. | Lockport Township

The only multi-eventer for the Redbirds, Fisch has consistently improved his marks in all seven events of the heptathlon, as well as in the pole vault. The sophomore holds the sixth-best pole vault mark in the conference this season, clearing a height of 15-09.00 (4.80m) at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9).

In the heptathlon, Fisch crushed his personal-best by 161 points, scoring 4,617 at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational (Feb. 2). He currently ranks 10th in the Valley in the event, as he attempts to beat his outdoor-best finish of eighth in the decathlon.

Naturally, Fisch will head to the runway for the open pole vault competition, as well as take on the rest of the Valley in the heptathlon.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Jean | SO | St. Joseph, Ill. | St. Joseph-Ogden

Jean enters the Valley Championships tied with classmate and fellow vaulter Kevin Fisch for the sixth-best mark this season at 15-09.00 (4.80m), which he cleared at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (Jan. 19). The sophomore has posted five top-five finishes this season, clearing at least 15-00.00 (4.57m) five times.

Last year, Jean finished 18th at the Valley Championships, clearing just 14-05.25 (4.40m). Outdoors he improved that mark to a 12th-place finish, with a clearance of 15-03.00 (4.65m).

He will take to the runway in the pole vault competition Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Printassia Johnson | SO | Nassau, Bahamas | Queens College (HS)

Johnson enters the MVC Championships ranked eighth in the 60-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash, with times of 7.73 and 24.55, respectively. The sophomore has posted 10 top-five finishes this season, including five firsts. She set a new personal-best in the 60-meter dash at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8), running a time of 7.73, which is her season-best. In the 200-meter dash, Johnson lowered her career-best time to 24.55, which she ran at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9) for fourth place.

Johnson also is a key member of the 4X400-meter relay squad that broke the Illinois State record in the event by a full second at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9), running a time of 3:42.68, collectively. That time ranks the team second heading into the championships.

She will hit the blocks in the both the 60- and 200-meter dashes, as well as run the opening leg of the 4X400-meter relay this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coty Kramer | JR | Harvard, Ill. | Harvard

For just the second time in his indoor career at ISU, Kramer broke the 49-second barrier in the 400-meter dash, turning in a time of 48.64 at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2), which ranks him third in the Valley this season. He is the only returning All-Valley performer from a year ago on the men’s side, as he was part of the second-place finishing 4X400-meter relay team that was edged out of first place by one one-thousandth of a second, which equated to a UNI forward lean.

The junior has ran tough throughout the course of the season, posting five individual top-five finishes, including a first in the 400-meter dash at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8). He is also an intricate member of the 4X400-meter relay team that ranks sixth heading in the championships this weekend.

Kramer will head to the blocks in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, as well as run the opening leg of the 4X400-meter relay.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kelly McShea | R-FR | Lisle, Ill. | St. Francis

A member of the women’s distance crew that successfully defended its Missouri Valley Conference title in cross country this past fall, McShea has really been an intricate part of the team this indoor season. The redshirt-freshman has set new career-marks in all events she has toed the line in, as well as ran the mile leg of the Illinois State record-setting distance medley relay that took fourth at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2) with a time of 11:36.25, 10 seconds faster than the previous record.

She holds the No. 4 spot in the Valley in the mile (4:55.84), the No. 5 spot in the 3,000-meter run (9:58.42) and the No. 4 spot in the 5,000-meter run (17:08.40). She was an All-Valley performer in cross country and holds the third-best times on the team this season in the mile and 3,000-meter run and the second-best in the 5,000-meter run.

She will be one of three Redbirds to triple at the championships, as she will toe the line in the mile, as well as the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tyler Morse | FR | Mapleton, Ill. |Limestone Community

A member of the men’s distance trio that has really come on the landscape these past few weeks, Morse has strung together a season of quality races, ranking himself No. 1 on the team in the mile and 3,000-meter run. His time of 4:14.67 in the mile ranks him 10th in the Valley and was the third-consecutive race in which he bettered his time from the week before by over two seconds. If that wasn’t enough, he went on to shave off 19 seconds from his 3,000-meter time, as he ran a time of 8:27.66 at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9), ranking him 10th in the MVC.

The freshman will toe the line in mile and 3,000-meter run this weekend at the MVC Championships.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Rutherford | SO | Bloomington, Ill. | University

After an All-Valley performance in cross country this past fall, Rutherford has taken that same hard-working demeanor with him on the track, as he has ran himself to a No. 5 ranking in the Valley in the 5,000-meter run this season. His time of 14:48.67 at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2) shattered his previous best by 32 seconds.

The following week at the Grand Valley State Big Meet, he went on to run a 10-second personal-best in the 3,000-meter run, turning in a time of 8:29.94.

The sophomore will toe the line in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the Valley Championships this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sade Sealy | SR | St. Phillip, Barbados | The Lodge School

The six-time defending Valley Champion in the 400-meter dash, Sealy has never been beaten at this distance at the conference level in her tenure at Illinois State. The senior attempts to join two other women who have accomplished a perfect 4-0 mark at the Valley Championships in the 400-meter dash (Carlon Blackman, Drake and Cheasa Gibson, Missouri State).

Sealy enters the championships ranked 35th in the nation in the 400-meter dash, and second in the MVC with a season-best time of 54.24. She also ranks fifth in the Valley in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.55.

She is one of two Redbirds to break two school records this season, as she ran a leg on both the 4X400-meter and distance medley relay teams that set new school records this season.

Sealy will head to the blocks for the 200- and 400-meter dashes, as well as run the anchor leg on the 4X400-meter relay team.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sean Senf | JR | Park Ridge, Ill. | Maine South

Senf enters the weekend ranked sixth in the Valley in the 5,000-meter run, after posting a time of 14:48.83 at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2). To open the season, he ran a 19-second personal-best (8:43.72) in the 3,000-meter run at the Indiana State Dual (Jan. 12), before lowering at time by seven seconds at the Redbird Invite (Jan. 26), where he ran a time of 8:35.46.

The junior has ran tough all season, posting two top-five finishes in just the four races he has started. Look for him to toe the line in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brittany Smith | SR | Oak Park, Ill. | Oak Park River Forest

Perhaps the most decorated female thrower in Redbird history without a conference title, the six-time All-American and two-time NCAA Runner-up will face off against one of the top throwers in the nation this weekend, as the heated rivalry between Smith and Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson will come to close at the end of this year. Smith enters the meet ranked second to Johnson in both the shot put and weight throw with marks of 55-11.25 (17.05m) and 70-07.00 (21.51m), respectively.

Last year, Smith finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a mark of 68-06.50 (20.89m). The senior has racked up more second-place finishes at the conference meet than any other Redbird listed on the roster and will pursue her first-ever conference title since she began at Illinois State.

The two-time ISU Female Athlete of the Year will head to the ring in both the shot put and weight throw this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristen Zillmer | JR | Park Ridge, Ill. | Maine South

Part of the women’s distance crew that successfully defended its Missouri Valley Conference title in cross country this past fall, Zillmer enters the championships with a Valley ranking of No. 2 and No. 3 in the 800-meter run and mile. The junior has consistently performed at a high level this season, trimming her 800 and mile times down every race.

At the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 9), Zillmer ran a five-second PR in the 800-meter run, finishing first with a time of 2:10.82, before running a leg on the ISU record-setting 4X400-meter relay team. This came just one week after trimming her mile time down to 4:53.42 at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 2), where she also ran the opening 1,200-meter leg of the Redbird record-setting distance medley relay team.

She is one of two Redbirds to break two school records this season, as she ran a leg on both the 4X400-meter and distance medley relay teams that set new school records this season.

She will toe the line in 800-meter run and the mile, as well as run a leg on both the distance medley and 4X400-meter relays this weekend.