With the Redbirds being represented at two different schools this weekend, the team still managed to be successful, with some members ending up with personal best times.
At the Keck Invite at Illinois Wesleyan, Kimi Sanden placed second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:22.03 and third in the mile with a 5:17.68 time. Haley Verbeke came in first at the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:35.70 as well. Krista DeCeault also competed in the 3,000-meter and placed third with a time of 10:41.63.
On the men’s side, Nathan Schreiber came in fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.10. He also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.86. Ryan Bybee finished the mile run with a time of 4:20.08, good enough for second. Scott Janusick placed second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:02.47.
In the men’s long jump, Demetri Alimissis, Steven Hartzell and Traven Diggins had a 1-2-3 finish, winning all the top three places, with distances of 6.85m, 6.60m and 6.59m. Aaron Kennebrew won the triple jump with a distance of 13.58m as well.
“I think we got exactly what we wanted out of this meet,” coach Jeff Bovee said. “We built some confidence, competed for some spots at the front. We’re just coming away with a little swagger going into these next couple weeks.”
The men’s squad placed second and the women’s squad placed fifth at the Keck Invite.
At the Meyo Invitational, Kristen Zillmer set ISU’s women’s 1,000-meter indoor record on Friday with a time of 2:50.41, beating the former record by just half a second.
“Kristen has been running well, so that is expected of her,” head coach Elvis Forde said. “The bottom line is she was able to knock that record off, and the funny thing is it’s an event she has not run in a while.”
Dave Eckhart beat his own season-best mile time and placed 10th in the run with a time of 4:11.18. CJ Hamilton earned his own season-best time in the 800-meter, finishing fifth with a time of 1:54.70.
Anderson Devonish, Antonio Farley, Javar Cruz and Coty Kramer got their season-best time in the 4X400-meter relay with a time of 3:18.24.
Devonish also just missed a personal-best time in the 400-meter with a time of 48.44.
On the women’s side, Julia Ott finished sixth in the pole vault with a leap of 3.90m. Sarah Mussallem finished the 200-meter run with a personal-best time of 25:36. Ally Christiani finished with a season-best time of 57.20 in the 400-meter run. Mussallem and Christiani also ran with Kristen Zillmer and Shandel Ellis in the 4X400-meter relay and grabbed a time of 3:51.46.
Ellis also had a personal-best at the Missouri Valley Conference-leading with a 400-meter time of 55.50. Haley Goers finished the 3,000-meter race with a career-best time, finishing under 10 minutes with a time of 9:59.33, which was good enough for ninth-place.
After a weekend as a split squad, the Redbirds will come together again next weekend, Feb. 14-15, when they head to Iowa State for the Iowa State Classic.