Ryan Rutherford Clocks Record-Breaking Time at Stanford
Ryan Rutherford breaks ISU and MVC records at Stanford.
Ryan Rutherford breaks ISU and MVC records at Stanford.

April 5, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif.Ryan Rutherford ran to a record-breaking time of 28.41.23 late Friday evening at the Stanford Invite to capture an Illinois State and Missouri Valley Conference record in the 10,000-meter run.                                                                                              

Rutherford beat the former Valley record of 28:42.71 set by Jeff Schirmer of Southern Illinois in 2011 and was 18 seconds faster than the 15-year old ISU record set by Julius Mwangi in 1999. The junior bested his former personal-record by one minute, notching a fifth-place finish overall in a competitive 75-man field.

Also racing the 10K in California, Rachael Brewer clocked a time of 34:58.87, while teammates Kristen Zillmer and Kelly McShea ran for times of 10:18.81 and 10:27.79 in the steeplechase, respectively.

In Charleston, Ill., battling cooling temperatures, Jenna Combs captured an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.80, while Javar Cruz clocked a 400-meter hurdle time of 58.07 to finish 17th.

Jianna Williams picked up a first-place finish in the women’s hammer throw, tossing a personal-best mark of 54.97m, beating out conference rivals Sophia Lozano of Southern Illinois and Mary Theisen of Indiana State. Akil Mills notched another fourth-place finish in the hammer throw, heaving a mark of 59.46m, and Curt Jensen finished right behind Mills with a throw of 58.30m.

The Redbirds continue action today in Charleston, Ill., as field events are slated for a start time of 10 a.m., and running events will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Fans can follow the action live on @ISU_Track_XC, and results will be posted following the conclusion of the meet at www.GoRedbirds.com.

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