Redbirds Travel to Indiana for Indiana Relays
Jan. 30, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. – The men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the Indiana Relays Friday and Saturday at the Gladstein Fieldhouse, with both track and field events beginning at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.
“This meet attracts a number of schools and is the biggest meet we have competed in so far this year,” said head track and field coach Elvis Forde. “It is definitely going to be a test for our athletes. I am expecting a much higher level of performance from our team. It typically is the best of the best. A number of our kids will compete in the Invitational section, which is a special tribute to them. The Invitational part of the meet is typically a higher level of collegiate performers.”
Curt Jensen will represent the Redbirds in the Invitational portion of the shot put competition, while Akil Mills will throw for ISU in both shot put and weight throw. Jensen recently earned his second Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week title after a strong showing at the Notre Dame Invitational, as he captured first with a throw of 64-11.25 (19.79m). The Colona, Ill., native’s toss came at the end of the final round, as Southern Illinois’ Josh Freeman threw for a mark of 63-02.00 (19.25m) moments before Jensen’s winning throw.
Raimon Clay will look to lead the Redbird sprinters, as he currently holds the fastest time on the ISU squad after running a 60-meter time of 7.07 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
“It will be nice to see our sprinters drop their times this meet,” Forde said. “We will be able to see how things are progressing for them. So, we are particularly counting on Raimon. He has been training very well, and it will be exciting to see what he will do in Indiana this weekend.”
Ryan Rutherford and Tyler Morse will race in the 3,000-meter Invitational and 5,000-meter run, respectively. Rutherford is coming off a personal-best mile time of 4:09.61 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Julia Ott will look to continue her successful indoor season in the pole vault, after finishing first at Notre Dame with a school-record vault of 13-03.00 (4.05m). Ott will compete in the Invitational portion of the competition Saturday afternoon.
“Shandel will be tested in the 200-meters this weekend, and we are excited to watch her and see how fast she can race this weekend,” Forde said. “Sarah Mussallem is coming along quite well, and we are anxious to see her race this weekend as well. This race will be important for her confidence for the rest of the season.”
Kim Christensen will compete for the first time this indoor season, as she will race in the 3,000-meter run, while former Redbird, Elise Sigg will compete unattached in the women’s 3,000-meter Invitational race. Sigg will race alongside Rachael Brewer.
Illinois State will be joined in the field by over 25 teams, including Alabama, Cincinnati, DePaul, Indiana, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky.
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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