Senf Takes Home Third-Place in Drake Relays 10,000-Meter
April 24, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa--The Illinois State men's and women's distance runners kicked things off for the Redbirds Thursday night at the Drake Relays, as Sean Senf highlighted the men's 10,000-meter run with a third-place personal-best time of 30:06.26.
In the final 800-meters of the race, Senf really got going to edge out the middle of the pack, claiming third in a competitive distance field of 33 racers and beating his former career-best by 90 seconds.
On the women's side, Rachael Brewer clocked a 20-second personal-best time, finishing 12th in the 5,000-meter race. Brewer started slow, but gradually moved her way up to the top-half of the pack, finishing strong with a personal-best time of 16:46.66.
"Sean and Rachael had some big races today," associate head track and field coach Jeff Bovee said. "Sean had a 90 second PR, coming off a redshirt outdoor season last year. He has raced the past three weekends and each week has improved. In the race tonight, he went from about 12th-plalce and ended up third with a very good time. Sean is really making some huge strides. He just ran tough, and it was a really good start coming up on post-season. With Rachael, I was really proud of her, as she has been battling foot problems. Tonight was her debut 5K outdoor race of the season, and she ran a PR of 20-seconds. She was a little cautious and probably could have ran faster had she tested the waters, but it was a really good start for her. I am excited to see what she has in store the rest of the season."
The women's 4x1,600-meter team of Ashley Kamin, Kelly McShea, Kimi Sanden and Kaley Ummel earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 20:10.18. In the final 200-meters of the race, Ummel bypassed the anchor legs of Iowa and South Dakota to move her team into sixth-place. Washington won the event with a nation-leading time of 19:09.31.
"The women had a good effort today," Bovee said. "Ashley and Kelly got us up in the race, and we had younger, developing athletes on the third and fourth leg. I think they got some great experience, and I am really proud of them. For the guys, we ran competitive. We lost a little ground a little later on, but overall it was a good day."
The men's 4x100-meter relay team will kick things off for the Redbirds Friday, as they are slated for an 11:10 p.m., start time.
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