Illinois State to Face Indiana State in Annual Dual
Jan. 16, 2014
NORMAL, Ill.—The Illinois State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams travel to Terre Haute, Ind., Friday to compete in the annual Indiana State versus Illinois State dual meet at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The meet will include matchups between Indiana State and ISU, along with a Division III matchup of Rose-Hulman and Manchester.
Field events will begin at 6 p.m., with running events to follow at 7 p.m.
“It feels like forever that our kids have been gone in terms of vacation,” head track and field coach Elvis Forde said. “It was an unusually long one for us, which is sometimes a concern for us, as a staff, because you never know who has the resources to maintain a level of fitness, but I feel good about getting started here. We are looking forward to see what Indiana State holds for us in the next couple of days.”
The men’s competition will open up with senior standout Curt Jensen, who is coming off Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors for a record-breaking performance at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird Invite. Jensen shattered the Valley, Illinois State and facility shot put records with a heave of 66-07 (20.29m), breaking the nearly 20-year old record of 62-09.75.
Akil Mills also looks to set the tone for the Redbird throwing squad, after posting a first-place finish at EIU in the weight throw with a toss of 64-03.75 (19.60m).
“For our throwing events we will have Akil Mills and Curt Jensen, and everybody has heard about Curt,” Forde said. “Obviously, he has some big things he wants to do this year in the shot put and weight throw. We expect those two to continue to do well. I think the other throwers will improve because of how Curt and Akil are competing this season, putting pressure on them to keep up.”
Nathan Schreiber and Raimon Clay will represent ISU in the short sprints, while CJ Hamilton looks to continue his success in the 800-meter race, after notching a first-place finish at the Early Bird Invite with a time of 1:55.76.
The distance crew is back in action and will feature All-Regional cross country standout Ryan Rutherford. Rutherford will be joined by Tyler Morse, Sean Senf, Aidan Askin and Dave Eckhart, who are also looking to start their indoor seasons off strong.
“Ryan Rutherford, coming off of the cross country season he has had, is going to do some exciting things, along with Tyler Morse, Aidan Askin, Dave Eckhart and Sean Senf,” Forde said. “They are all looking to do some special things this year. This will be a good start to the indoor season to prep themselves.”
On the women’s side, Printassia Johnson and Sarah Mussallem will compete in the short sprints, while Ally Christiani, Shandel Ellis and Rayanne Wright will look to lead the Redbirds in the longer sprints.
“The girls have done great over the last couple of year,” Forde said. “We have a strong crew back in Kristen Zillmer, Rachael Brewer, Haley Goers, Kelly McShea and Kaley Ummel. That distance crew for the past few years has done really well for us, and we are looking forward to having them compete this weekend, dominating in that regard.”
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