ISU Concludes Friday Events at Tennessee with Multiple PR's
April 11, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--The men's and women's track and field teams concluded its second day of the Sea Ray Relays with multiple personal-bests and seasonal-best marks.
"The efforts today were really good, and the competition is right up our ally," head coach Elvis Forde said. "We had some challenges today, but we continued to run well. I am really looking forward to tomorrow with the relay events along with the remaining individual events."
Curt Jensen returned to the shot put, opening up his 2014 outdoor campaign in the event with a third-place finish. Jensen threw a mark of 19.25m (63-02.00) on his second attempt and could not match that mark with his remaining attempts. The Colona, Ill., native finished 12th Thursday evening with a toss of 55.97m (183-07) in the men's hammer throw.
Morgan Keller won her first collegiate event Friday, as the freshman notched a personal-best mark in the discus with a throw of 49.05m (149-09). Jianna Williams finished right behind Keller with a heave of 45.65m (149-09). Williams also captured a first-place finish in the women's hammer throw (collegiate competitors) Thursday evening with a personal-best throw of 56.50m (185-04).
Julia Ott cleared her first height of the outdoor season, vaulting to a seasonal-best height of 3.80m (12-05.50) to finish ninth overall in the pole vault, while Taylor Knauf vaulted to a personal-best mark of 3.65m (11-11.75).
In the short sprints, Shandel Ellis led the way for the Redbird women, clocking a time of 55.45 to finish fifth overall. Sarah Mussallem and Ally Christiani finished with times of 57.14 and 57.85, respectively. Mussallem also ran to a personal-best 200-meter time of 25.19.
"We had some pretty good performances all-around today," Forde said. "Jianna won the hammer and had a personal best mark, which is outstanding, and when you win, you have to feel good. Today we had some good results from Sarah Mussallem in the 200-meter. Shandel, who has been out, came in and had a very good day. I was happy to see her hold up well, and I am looking forward to her running tomorrow. Morgan also won the discus, which is big boost for her, and it is always great to win at a big meet like this."
On the men's side, Anderson Devonish continued his success in the 400-meter dash, running to a time of 48.92. Right behind Devonish was Antonio Farley and Fabian Norgrove who each notched times of 49.14. Deshaun Jordan led the way for the Redbird men in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 21.70, while Norgrove finished right behind Jordan with a time of 21.79.
Jenna Combs clocked a seasonal-best time of 1:02.09 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fifth, while Javar Cruz earned a seasonal-best 400-meter hurdle time of 54.16. Jalen Lewis also notched a personal-best 400-meter hurdle time of 55.89 to place 11th overall.
"I think Jenna is running quite well. It was not her personal-best, but it was close," Forde said. "Her technique is looking really solid, and I am happy with how she ran today because I know she has more in the tank. Javar, on the men's side, was close to his PR, but Jalen had a PR and is coming around very well as a freshman. He is making great leaps and bounds, which is showing in the hurdles."
Kaley Ummel earned a seasonal-best mark in the women's 800-meter race with a time of 2:14.74, and Kristen Zillmer clocked a time of 4:32.68 in the 1,500-meter run to finish ninth and earn a seasonal-best mark. Kelly McShea was five slots behind Zillmer, racing a 1,500-meter time of 4:36.61.
Aidan Askin toed the line in the men's 1,500-meter race, finishing with a seasonal-best time of 3:56.62 earning a 14th-place finish. Dave Eckhart finished one spot behind Askin with a time of 3:56.74.
Jeff Bajema rounded out the day with a 15th-place finish in the men's 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:09.62.
The final day of the Sea Ray Relays will begin with field events at 11 a.m., while running events will follow at 12 p.m.
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