|Despite delays, ISU track and field concludes regular season|
|Written by Ashley Schrader, Daily Vidette Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 06 May 2012 11:52|
Before the ISU men’s and women’s track and field teams could set their entire focus on the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships May 11–13, the Redbirds had to wrap up their regular season at the Billy Hayes Invitational.
Despite back-to-back delays, the ’Birds were able to tune-up in Bloomington, Ind., at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex where Sade Sealy was able to break an ISU school record in the 400-meter dash with a first-place time of 53.32 seconds Friday.
“We really can build off of these performances and carry them over to the conference meet [at the end of the meet],” ISU head coach Elvis Forde said.
Also on the track in the women’s 400-meter dash, Shandel Ellis was able to earn third place, clocking a time of 55.77 seconds.
In more sprints, Printassia Johnson won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.15 seconds for a personal-best performance. Johnson also won the 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 24.6 seconds.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Ellis, Sealy, Johnson, and Alia McAfee won the race with a time of 46.39 seconds.
For the men on the track, Coty Kramer earned third place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.02 seconds. Mat Smoody won the men’s 800-meter run just over a second, clocking a time of 1:49.78.
In the field for the women, Becky Anderson earned sixth in the high jump, leaping 5’4.17”, while Emily Swift earned eighth in the pole vault with a jump of 11’7.76”.
Hilary Hobler won the long jump with a leap of 17’8.2”. Tori Ziegler earned ninth in the discus with a throw of 144’2.7”.
Jianna Williams earned fourth in the shot put with a toss of 43’0.53”, and she also took third in the hammer with a throw of 179’5.93”.
For the men, in the high jump, Jacob DeJaegher earned seventh with a jump of 6’5.16”. In pole vault, Chase Pavelonis earned sixth with a leap of 15’8.97”.
In the hammer, Akil Mills (194’8.61”) and Curt Jensen (194’1.92”) took fourth and fifth, respectively.
Brian Pflederer took fifth in the javelin with a toss of 180’2.99”.