Senior throwers Curt Jensen and Akil Mills each set Rose-Hulman Sport Center facility records Friday when the Redbirds took on Indiana State.
Despite these records, both the men’s and women’s teams finished in second place to the Sycamores.
Jensen set the shot put record, tossing for 63-05, which was four feet of his personal best toss and almost six feet ahead of Indiana State’s Chris Fields, who came in second place. Jensen also placed third in the weight throw.
Mills won the weight throw competition with a 65-11.50 throw. He also placed fourth in the Shot Put with a toss of 52-01.75.
Head coach Elvis Forde was pleased with the work of his two top throwers.
“Curt and Akil had great performances on the evening. Akil, obviously had a very good evening, trying to notch his name up on the best list at the national level. Curt was solid on his two events, but overall, both of them were fantastic,” Forde said.
Junior CJ Hamilton placed first in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:56.50. Junior Ryan Rutherford held his own in the 3,000 meter with a time of 8:22.48, but placed second behind the MVC cross country Champion John Mascari of Indiana State.
“Although he did not win this evening, you can see where Ryan Rutherford’s cross country season is spilling over into his track,” Forde said. “CJ is just CJ. He is a competitor for us. He sprang from behind runners and blew by them. What I want to see him do, is get out ahead a little faster, letting the opponents know that he is a good runner.”
Junior Chase Pavelonis finished second in the pole vault with a height of 16-00. Sophomore Dave Eckhart placed second in the mile with a time of 4:17.78 as well.
On the women’s side, sophomore Jianna Williams finished second in the Weight Throw with a distance of 60-04.50 as well as a third-place finish in the Shot Put with a distance of 45-06.25.
Senior Shandel Ellis came in first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.11. She also finished fourth in the 400-meter race with a time of 58.02.
Senior Kristen Zillmer placed first in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:14.21 and sophomore Kaley Ummel came in right behind her in third with a time of 2:16.06.
Senior Rachael Brewer also finished first in the 3,000 meter race with a time of 10:06.16, falling about 17 seconds short of the facility record she currently holds after last year’s first-place finish with a time of 9:49.73.
Coach Forde was happy to get the team’s first meet out of the way.
“We can see that we just came back from vacation. It was good to get this first race under our belts,” Forde said. “It gives us the opportunity to look at our team right now and see the fitness level we came back to school with, which is commonplace after a break. I am not disappointed in how we did because we only had eight days of practice before our first meet.”
ISU will hit the road again this weekend, when they head to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational.