Relay Teams Shine Day Two of the Drake Relays
April 25, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa—The Illinois State men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Antonio Farley, Fabian Norgrove, Coty Kramer and Anderson Devonish knock two seconds off of the season-best relay time, clocking 3:09.87 Friday at the Drake Relays at Drake Stadium.
Farley was quick to get out of the starting blocks, while Norgrove and Kramer ran solid second and third legs. In the final 200-meters of the sprint, Devonish took a hold of the race, running a 47.00 split time. The foursome finished 16th overall, while the women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Sarah Mussallem, Jenna Combs, Shandel Ellis and Ally Christiani posted a time of 3:43.64 to take 23rd. The women’s relay team clocked a season-best 3:42.15 at the Sea Ray Relays (Apr. 12).
“Our men’s 4x4 relay had one of the best performances in a while, which puts them in the top-three of the conference list,” head track and field coach Elvis Forde said. “They are gelling together quite well, and I know they can drop some more time. Those four will be exciting to watch come conference.”
Also running an exciting race, the women’s 4x800-meter relay team of Kristen Zillmer, Jackie Mink, Kimi Sanden and Kaley Ummel nearly missed the Redbird record of 8:46.30 set in 1990. Zillmer got off to a fast start, running a 2:08 split time, as she handed the baton to Mink. Mink and Sanden ran solid second and third legs to keep the momentum going for Ummel. Similar to Friday’s 4x1,600-meter relay, Ummel sped by two teams in the final 200-meters, as the foursome finished with a sixth-place time of 8:47.27.
The men’s 4x800-meter relay team of Aidan Askin, Ryan Bybee, Ryan Rutherford and Paul Steeno also had a solid run, posting a time of 7:42.67.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Devonish, Norgrove, Nathan Schreiber and Raimon Clay kicked things off for the Redbird track team Friday, racing a time of 42.03, while the 4x200-meter relay team of Clay, Farley, Kramer and Schreiber won their heat with a time of 1:27.16 to finish 11th overall.
The field events were highlighted by a personal-best throw in the women’s shot put for Jianna Williams. Williams threw a mark of 47-04.50 on her first attempt, as she fouled her remaining attempts to earn a 10th-place finish overall. Morgan Keller finished eighth in the women’s discus with a toss of 153-11.
Friday evening of the Drake Relays were decorated by world-leading marks from top athletes around the world in the 110-meter hurdles, men’s 400-meter and 400-meter hurdles, women’s 1,500-meter run, women’s pole vault and men’s high jump. Six world-marks were set Friday, as the elite events lived up to the hype in front of 10,924 fans.
“The Drake Relays have really been special,” Forde said. “Our kids have had some good performances, and they have come to see a world-class event. They got to see some of the best world-leading performers and what it takes to perform at a high level like this. It is also exciting to see people form everywhere around the world competing at such a high level. Our athletes are ready for the challenge. Each weekend we are growing, and we wish them well tomorrow.”
The final day of events for the Redbirds begins with the hammer throw at 9 a.m.
Results will be posted on www.GoRedbirds.com, following competition Friday and Saturday, and fans can follow live action on @ISU_Track_XC.
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