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Jensen earns first in shot put during Drake Relays

Curt Jensen earned Illinois State’s only victory in an event last weekend with a first-place finish in the men’s shot put with a throw of 19.3 meters on Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Curt added a banner to his long list of accomplishments for his senior year, and it was definitely something special to see,” ISU head coach Elvis Forde said. “He finished off the meet in good fashion because he was the last of our competitors today.”

Akil Mills took fifth place in the men’s hammer with a throw of 60.99 meters. Jianna Williams earned eighth place in the women’s hammer with a throw of 55.17 meters.

Kelly McShea, Shandel Ellis, Jackie Mink and Rachael Brewer took 13th place with a time of 11:54.77 in the women’s distance medley relay.

Anderson Devonish, Antonio Farley, Fabian Norgrove and Ryan Bybee earned 18th place in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 3:27.51.

Last Friday, Antonio Farley, Fabian Norgrove, Coty Kramer and Anderson Devonish earned 15th place with a season-best relay time in the men’s 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:09.87.

“Our men’s 4×4 relay had one of the best performances in a while, which puts them in the top-three of the conference list,” Forde said. “They are gelling together quite well, and I know they can drop some more time. Those four will be exciting to watch come conference.”

Sarah Mussallem, Jenna Combs, Shandel Ellis and Ally Christiani earned 23rd place with a time of 3:43.64 in the women’s 4×400-meter relay.

Kristen Zillmer, Jackie Mink, Kimi Sanden and Kaley Ummel earned sixth place with a time of 8:47.27 in the women’s 4×800-meter relay. Clay, Farley, Kramer and Schreiber took 11th place with a time of 1:27.16 in the men’s 4×200-meter relay.

Jianna Williams earned a 10th-place finish in the women’s shot put with a personal-best throw of 47-04.50. Morgan Keller took eighth place in the women’s discus with a throw of 153-11.

Last Thursday, Illinois State’s Sean Senf took third place in the men’s 10,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 30:06.26. Rachael Brewer earned a personal-best time of 16:46.66 with a 12th place finish in the 5,000-meter race.

“Sean and Rachael had some big races today,” associate head coach Jeff Bovee said. “Sean had a 90 second PR, coming off a redshirt outdoor season last year. He has raced the past three weekends and each week has improved. In the race tonight, he went from about 12th place and ended up third with a very good time. Sean is really making some huge strides. He just ran tough, and it was a really good start coming up on post-season. With Rachael, I was really proud of her, as she has been battling foot problems. Tonight was her debut 5K outdoor race of the season, and she ran a PR of 20 seconds. She was a little cautious and probably could have ran faster had she tested the waters, but it was a really good start for her. I am excited to see what she has in store the rest of the season.”

Ashley Kamin, Kelly McShea, Kimi Sanden and Kaley Ummel took sixth place in the women’s 4×1,600-meter race with a time of 20:10.18. Dave Eckhart, Ryan Rutherford, Aidan Askin and Jeff Bajema took eighth place with a time of 16:54.82.

“The women had a good effort today,” Bovee said. “Ashley and Kelly got us up in the race, and we had younger, developing athletes on the third and fourth leg. I think they got some great experience, and I am really proud of them. For the guys, we ran competitive. We lost a little ground a little later on, but overall it was a good day.”

The Redbirds resume action May 2 -3 at the Redbird Invite, ISU’s only home event of the season.

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