Illinois State’s Ryan Rutherford earned a school record by finishing second with a time of 13:49.99 in the men’s 5000-meter race at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.
“Ryan ran a phenomenal race,” ISU associate head coach Jeff Bovee said. “He has made a major breakthrough the last couple meets, breaking the Valley record in the 10K at Stanford and breaking the school record in the 5K tonight … Ryan is definitely on a roll, and I am excited to see what the future holds for him.”
Dave Eckhart earned a personal-best time of 14:36.50 in the 5000-meter race. Sean Senf earned a third-place finish in the men’s 5000-meter race with a personal-best time of 14:46.65. Jeff Bajema took first-place in the men’s 1500-meter race, earning a personal-best time of 3:53.48.
Aidan Askin took third place in the men’s 1500-meter race with a personal-best time of 3:54.03. Paul Steeno finished in sixth place in the 1500-meter race with a personal-best 3:55.48 time.
For the ISU women, Jackie Mink earned a first place finish in the 1500-meter race with a 4:38.14 time. Kimi Sanden earned a personal-best time of 4:42.35 in the 1500-meter race. Curt Jensen earned fourth place in the men’s discus at 51.39 meters. Morgan Keller took sixth place in the women’s discus at 47.35 meters.
On Saturday, Julia Ott broke a school record in the women’s pole vault at 4 meters. Curt Jensen earned a personal best in the men’s shot put at 20.21 meters, putting himself in the No. 2 spot in the NCAA in shot put. Jensen finished in 16th in the hammer throw at 57.17 meters.
“I keep complimenting Curt every weekend, but he has worked extremely hard,” ISU head coach Elvis Forde said. “He can be selfish and say I just want to concentrate on the shot put, but he wants to excel in all three throwing events. That is not an easy feat. The way he is managing all three is not taking away from his performance at all.”
Akil Mills earned a personal best in the hammer throw at 99 meters to earn eighth place. Mills also finished in 27th place in the shot put at 15.37 meters.
“Akil Mills is having a good outdoor season as well,” Forde said. “He got a [personal record] in a meet that had some of the best throwers in the country and I hope that gives him a sense of confidence.”
Chase Pavelonis earned a career-high on the pole vault at 5.05 meters to take fourth place. Cirron Clark earned a personal best at 4.7 meters and Taylor Knauf earned a personal best at 3.7 meters in the pole vault.
Anderson Devonish earned 15th place in the men’s 200-meter sprint with a 21.84 time and Fabian Norgrove finished in 20th place with a time of 21.92. Norgrove also earned a season-best 48.33 time in the men’s 400-meter dash to earn fifth place and Devonish finished in seventh in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 48.38.
Devonish, Norgrove, Nathan Schreiber and Deshaun Jordan earned a seventh-place finish with a time of 41.47 in the men’s 4×100 meter relay. Devonish, Norgove, Antonio Farley and Coty Kramer earned fourth place in the men’s 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:13.18.
Sarah Mussallem earned a season-best time of 25.14 in the women’s 200-meter sprint. Mussallem also finished in sixth in the women’s 400-meter race with a personal-best 56.67 time.
Jenna Combs finished in 10th place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.11 and Javar Cruz earned a season-best time of 53.71 to finish in 12th place in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Redbirds resume action from April 24 to 26 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. They will then return home to Normal on May 3rd for the Redbird Invitational.