Redbirds Set For Challenge at Meyo Invitational
Shandel Ellis
Shandel Ellis

Feb. 6, 2014


NORMAL, Ill.—Selected members of the Illinois State men’s and women’s track and field teams head to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the prestigious, 27th-annual Meyo Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Loftus Sports Center.

Field events begin at 4 p.m., Friday, with track events to follow at 5 p.m. The meet will be highlighted by the Meyo Mile, which is slated for a 3 p.m. slot on Saturday.

“We are taking the crux of our squad to the Invitational this weekend,” head coach Elvis Forde said. “The fields in all of these events are very challenging. As we get into February, we start to understand where we are at. We want to see our athletes get up to that higher level of competition this weekend, because the quality of the individuals we will go up against is going to have a lot of depth. Our athletes have to be ready, and we are taking people that have the potential to be the best in their events. We are looking forward to it, and we are excited to see what happens.”

On the men’s side, freshman Anderson Devonish will toe the line in the 400-meter race. Devonish ran a personal-best 400-meter time of 48.34 his last time out on the Meyo Track. CJ Hamilton will look to continue his successful indoor season, as the junior will compete in the 800-meter race. Hamilton was milliseconds shy of a personal-best mark in the 800-meter run two weekends ago at the Loftus Center.

Chase Pavelonis will represent the Redbirds in the pole vault, competing against a tough field and looking to notch a personal-best mark, as Pavelonis did not clear the opening height at the Indiana Relays.

On the women’s side, Kristen Zillmer will race with top competitors in the 800-meter race, while Shandel Ellis will look to continue her success in the 400-meter dash. Rachael Brewer and Kim Christensen will represent the Redbirds in the mile. Brewer captured a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter race at the Indiana Relays with a time of 9:44.43 

Curt Jensen, Akil Mills and Jianna Williams will take the week off, while other ISU track and field athletes will compete at the annual Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan. Field events for the Keck Invitational are slated for a 3:30 p.m. start, with track events to follow.

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