Illinois State Set for Sea Ray Relays
Anderson Devonish
Anderson Devonish

April 9, 2014

NORMAL, Ill.—The Illinois State men’s and women’s track and field squads head south April 10-12, to take on the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

The 10,000-meter run and hammer throw will be the first events of the weekend, as the 10K is slated for an 8:50 p.m. start time, and the hammer throw is set to begin at 4 p.m. This year, the Tennessee Relays will feature both high school and collegiate schools including Connecticut, Kent State, Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others.

“I think this is a perfect weekend to show the higher-level of performances from our team and the work we have done at this point,” head coach Elvis Forde said. “We are looking forward to seeing how we measure up to some of the bigger name schools at this meet. It will give us a good idea of where we are at this point in the year. It is going to be a good weekend. It is especially exciting with the relays. That always makes it a fun event. Last weekend we had some good performances, and hopefully we can duplicate that. I am looking forward to seeing our athletes compete.”

Curt Jensen will throw the shot put for the first time this outdoor season, as the senior thrower finished eighth at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 14-15, earning All-American honors. Jensen will also compete in the hammer throw and discus, notching a personal-best mark in the discus earlier this year at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic with a toss of 50.93m (167-01).



Akil Mills will also lead the Redbirds in the throwing events, as he competes in the men’s shot put and hammer throw events. Mills looks to continue his successful 2013-14 campaign after earning a personal-best mark at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic by tossing a mark of 16.45m (53-11.75) in the shot put.

Jianna Williams will be the go-to women’s thrower at the Relays, as she is coming off a first-place finish at the Big Blue Classic with a heave of 54.97m (180-04).

Julia Ott and Chase Pavelonis will vie for personal-best marks in the pole vault, while Jake DeJaegher will be the lone Redbird competing in high jump. 

In the short sprints, the Redbirds will look to Anderson Devonish, Deshaun Jordan and Fabian Norgrove. Jordan will compete in the men’s 100-meter dash and 200-meter sprint, while Devonish and Norgrove look to highlight the men’s 400-meter dash. The trio will be joined by Antonio Farley in the men’s 4x100-meter relay. Devonish, Farley, Norgrove and Coty Kramer will look to make a statement in the men’s 4x400-meter relay.

On the women’s side, Ally Christiani, Shandel Ellis and Sarah Mussallem will lead the Redbird sprinters. Ellis and Christiani look to highlight the women’s 400-meter dash, and the trio of sprinters will be joined by Jenna Combs in the 4x400-meter relay 

After a weekend in California, the distance crew of Haley Goers, Kelly McShea and Kristen Zillmer are set to toe the line in the women’s 1,500-meter race. Zillmer earned a first-place finish in the event earlier this year at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic with a time of 4:38.68.

Sean Senf is set to make his first appearance of the 2014 outdoor season, as he will race in the men’s 5,000-meter run.

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