Jensen, Mills Set Facility Records, Redbirds Finish Second
Akil Mills
Akil Mills

Jan. 18, 2014


TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— Curt Jensen and Akil Mills set facility records, as the Illinois State men’s and women’s track and field teams fall short of Indiana State in the annual Illinois State versus Indiana State dual meet at the Rose-Hulman Sport Center Friday evening.

The Redbird men notched a total of 52 team points, while the women picked up 56.50 to finish second.

Jensen threw to a mark of 63-05 (19.33m) to pick up a Rose-Hulman facility record, four feet shy of his personal-best toss and nearly six feet ahead of second-place Chris Fields of Indiana State. The Colona, Ill., native tossed a mark of 59-02 (18.03m) in the weight throw to finish third overall and second on the Redbird squad.

Mills captured first place in the weight throw with heave of 65-11.50 (20.10m) to notch a Rose-Hulman record, following a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 52-01.75 (15.89m).



“Curt and Akil had great performances on the evening,” head coach Elvis Forde said. “Curt is right where you want him to be. Akil, obviously, had a very good evening, trying to notch his name higher up on the best list at the national level. Curt was solid on his two events, but overall, both of them were fantastic.”

Chase Pavelonis vaulted to a height of 16-00.00 (4.88m) to finish second in the pole vault, while Kevin Fisch leaped to a mark of 6-05.00 (1.96m) to finish third in the high jump.

Raimon Clay notched a personal-best mark in the 200-meter dash, running a time of 22.95 to finish third. CJ Hamilton picked up his second consecutive first-place finish in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:56.50.

Ryan Rutherford ran a personal-best 3,000-meter time of 8:22.48, finishing just behind the Missouri Valley Conference cross country champion John Mascari. Mascari captured the facility record with a time of 8:09.39. Dave Eckhart notched a second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:17.78, while Aidan Askin finished two spots behind him with a time of 4:19.82.

“Although he did not win this evening, you can see where Ryan Rutherford’s cross country season is spilling over into his track season, and CJ is just CJ,” said Forde. “He is a competitor for us. He sprang from behind the runners and blew by them. What I want to see him do, is get out ahead a little faster, letting the opponents know that he is a good runner.”

On the women’s side, Jianna Williams finished second in the weight throw with a heave of 60-04.50 (18.40m), followed by a third-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 45-06.25 (13.87m).

Shandel Ellis notched her second-consecutive first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.11, after finishing fourth in the 400-meter race with a time of 58.02.

Kristen Zillmer ran to a first-place finish in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:14.21, finishing just ahead of third-place Kaley Ummel who ran to a time of 2:16.06. 

Rachael Brewer outpaced the competition in the 3,000-meter race, notching a first-place finish with a time of 10:06.16. Brewer currently holds the Rose-Hulman 3,000-meter record, after a first-place finish in 2013 with a time of 9:49.73.

“We can see that we just came back from vacation,” Forde said.  “It was good to get this first race under our belts. It gives us the opportunity to look at our team right now and see the fitness level we came back to school with, which is commonplace after a break. I am not disappointed in how we did because we only had eight days of practice before our first meet.”

The Redbirds are back in action Saturday, January 25, as they travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.