Redbirds Conclude Sea Rays with Seasonal-Best Relays
April 12, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The men’s and women’s track and field squads concluded its weekend Saturday at the Sea Ray Relays, as the Redbirds notched five top-five finishes in the relay events.
To open up the day, the foursome of Nathan Schreiber, Deshaun Jordan, Fabian Norgrove and Anderson Devonish captured a seasonal-best 4x100-meter relay time of 41.42 to finish fifth overall, shaving off over a second from their previous seasonal-best earned at the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic.
“Our running events, and in particular, our men’s 4x100-meter relay was probably one of the best 4x100 relays we have had in a long time,” head coach Elvis Forde said. “Nathatn Schreiber led off to Deshaun who handed off to Fabian and then finally to Andy, and they ran some of the best times combined for us. There can still be a little improvement in the handoff to make them faster, and I am really looking forward to that.”
The women’s 4x800-meter crew of Kaley Ummel, Jackie Mink, Kimi Sanden and Kristen Zillmer clocked a time of 8:58.87 to place fourth, while the men’s Distance Medley Relay team of Aidan Askin, Coty Kramer, Ryan Bybee and Dave Eckhart ran a time of 9:59.92 to finish fifth overall.
In the women’s 4x400-meter relay, Sarah Mussallem bolted out of the gates with one of her best starts of the season. Mussallem handed the baton to Jenna Combs, followed by Shandel Ellis and Ally Christiani. The foursome ran a 4x400-meter relay time of 3:42.14 to finish third behind the relay teams of UCONN and Tennessee.
“The girls’ 4x400-meter relay ran really well as well,” Frde said. “I have to sing Sarah Mussallem a lot of praise because her lead off was outstanding. Jenna ran a great leg to keep us going, and Shandel and Ally ran really great legs as well. For that foursome to run that fast, it just shows that they competed really well.”’
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Farley, Norgrove, Devonish and Jalen Lewis also ran a spectacular race, finishing fourth with a time of 3:11.59.
In the field events, Curt Jensen captured a fifth-place personal-best mark of 53.42m (175-03) as a part of the men’s discus invitational. Tennessee’s Travis Bailey won the individual competition with a throw of 60.73 (199-03).
Former Redbird Tim Glover also threw a current world-leading mark of 84.01m in the javelin at the Sea Ray Relays Saturday afternoon.
The Redbirds are back in action April 18-19, as the squads travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Jesse Owens Classic.
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