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Jensen earns personal best in shot put and discus

Curt Jensen, Coty Kramer, Akil Mills, Fabian Norgrove, Sean Senf, Rachael Brewer, Kim Christensen, Jenna Combs, Mahnker Dahnweih, Shandel Ellis and Kristen Zillmer took the Redbird Track Saturday for the last time of their careers on Senior Day.

“It is always good to be at home,” ISU head coach Elvis Forde said. “I think the performances indicated that today. It was a bittersweet day because we had some good seniors that have performed at their last home meet today. I think this group of seniors has had a really good year as well, especially our two throwers, Curt and Akil. Hopefully, we can replace them as we go down the road, but the memories of these seniors will last a long time based on the day that we had.”

Jensen remains the Missouri Valley Conference and Illinois State shot put record holder after breaking his own record and earning a personal-best at the Redbird Invite, throwing at 20.33 meters.

Jensen also finished second in the discus with a personal-best throw of 54.44 meters. Jensen is currently perched at the No. 3 spot on the NCAA leaderboard in the shot put.

“Curt had a PR in the men’s shot put, and continues to be a top competitor in the nation,” Forde said. “He is gaining confidence as we move into the conference meet. He wants to be a triple threat, and today he showed that, throwing a personal-best mark in the discus as well. Curt is throwing several best marks as the season goes, and all of these performances are confidence builders, as he moves to what his big goal is, which is trying to be a National Champion in the shot put, something I know he can accomplish.”

Mills earned third place with a throw of 61.05 meters in the hammer. Mills also threw 16.66 meters in the shot put, a personal-best. Mills (hammer) and Jensen (shot put) are atop the MVC best list.

Zillmer earned first place in the women’s 1,500-meter with a time of 4:29.26. Ellis posted two season-best times, 24.36 in the 200-meter sprint and 54.96 in the 400-meter sprint.

Norgrove took first in the 200- and 400-meter sprints with personal-best times of 21.32 and 47.33, respectively. Combs took a first-place finish with a time of 1:02.51 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

Cirron Clark placed first in both the pole vault (personal-best of 4.85 meters) and men’s triple jump (13.3 meters).

Jianna Williams took second in the shot put with a personal-best of 15.75 meters along with another personal-best of 57.25 meters in the hammer. Demetri Alimissis earned second place and tied a personal-best of 6.92 meters in the long jump.

Jackie Mink earned a personal-best time of 2:11.93 and Ryan Rutherford finished second in the 1,500-meter with a personal-best time of 3:52.34.

Deshaun Jordan finished with a personal-best time of 10.68 to take first in the 100-meter dash and Nathan Schreiber earned a personal-best time of 10.76 in the 100-meter dash.

The Redbirds resume action May 16 to 18 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Carbondale, Ill.

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