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Rutherford breaks MVC record to top track and field weekend

Six Redbirds competed in the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif., while the rest of the ISU track and field teams remained in Illinois for the Big Blue Classic over the weekend.

Ryan Rutherford broke the ISU and MVC’s 10,000-meter record with a time of 28:41.23, one second faster than SIU’s Jeff SChirmer in 2011, and 18 seconds faster than Julius Mwangi’s time for ISU in 1999.

The record-breaking time was good enough to finish fifth among a field of 75 at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif.

Among the others who traveled to Stanford, Rachael Brewer ran a 10,000-meter time of 34:58.87. Kristen Zillmer and Kelly McShea ran steeplechase times of 10:18.81 and 10:27.79, respectively.

In Charleston, Ill., at Eastern Illinois’ Big Blue Classic, Jianna Williams finished first in the hammer throw with a mark of 54.97m and a discus finish of seventh with a distance of 42.52m.

Sarah Mussallem finished fifth in the 400-meter with a time of 57.11, and Jackie Mink finished the 800-meter with a personal-best time of 2:14.17 to finish in seventh place.

Ashley Kamin and Kimi Sanden would finish with personal-best times in the 1,500-meter race with times of 4:38.81 and 4:44.21, finishing sixth and 15th in a loaded field.

The women’s team would finish in seventh place with 41 points despite the missing runners at Stanford.

On the men’s side of the Big Blue Classic, Akil Mills and Curt Jensen represented in the hammer throw, finishing fourth and fifth with distances of 59.46m and 58.30m, respectively.

Anderson Devonish had a personal-best time as well, finishing the 400-meter spring in third place with a time of 48.50. Antonio Farley immediately followed him in fourth with a time of 48.85.

Fabian Norgrove, Aidan Askin and Ryan Bybee finished the 800-meter with times of 1:53.46, 1:55.18 and 1:55.88 to finish fourth, ninth and 12th, respectively.

Norgrove was also a part of the 4×100-meter relay team of Farley, Devonish and Nathan Schreiber who ran the race in a season-best time of 42.33 to finish fourth.

Norgrove, Farley and Devonish also competed with Coty Kramer in the 4×400-meter relay and finished third with a time of 3:16.04.

“Kudos to the 4×100-meter relay team,” head coach Elvis Forde said. “I think that was one of the best runs we had in a long time. We saw them get the stick around and under 43 seconds. There are still some things that need to be done with the handoff and exchanges. Our 4×400 men’s team also had a good effort, not their best, but still a good day for those two relay teams.”

The Redbirds will be in action Tuesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 12 competing in Knoxville, Tenn., in the Sea Ray Relays.

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