Meyo Invitational Marks Next Challenge For Redbirds
Feb. 4, 2010
NORMAL, Ill. - It's back to the state of Indiana for the Illinois State men's and women's track and field team for the second weekend in a row, as the Redbirds will compete in the 23rd-annual Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame at the Loftus Sports Complex in South Bend, Ind.
The first day of competition will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. CT, with the women's long jump and will conclude at approximately 8 p.m., with the men's 500 meter dash. The event will resume on Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the running of the women's 3,000 meter event and will wrap up at 3:40 p.m., with the men's 4x400 meter relay.
"We know this is a high-quality meet so we will be taking the majority of what will be our conference roster with us this weekend," head coach Elvis Forde said. "We want to continue to expose some of our younger athletes to the high level of competition and use that as a gauge of where they are at right now."
Last weekend, the Redbirds competed against a tough field at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind. Despite the high-caliber competition, several members of the team set new personal-best marks and posted season-best efforts. Sophomore Tori Ziegler and freshman Brittany Smith both set new personal-best efforts in the women's shot put and Ziegler's throw of 50'11.50" provisionally qualified her for the 2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Sophomore Aisha Praught set a new personal-best time of 4:57.23 to win the mile run against some tough opponents, while Meaka Brents ran her way into the finals of the 60-meter dash and finished in second place with a time of 7.64 seconds in the final day of competition on Saturday, adding to her second place finish in the distance medley relay and third-place finish in the 200-meter dash on Friday night.
On the men's side, Matt Mroczynski set a new personal-best with a time of 4:12.05 to finish in fifth place in the mile run, with teammate Jon Roberts right behind in sixth place. Roberts then teamed up with Steve Regan, Tyler Perna and Patrick Morgan to form the distance medley relay team that finished in third place.
"What we're looking for this weekend is consistency," Forde said. "If we can compete and perform well like we did last weekend it will be great, but we want to move a notch higher each weekend. Last weekend, the throwers, middle distance runners and sprinters all performed well, but we need some other athletes to raise their level of competition and continue to improve."
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