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Illinois State hurdlers compete at the John Coughlan Invite Dec. 3. ISU's men's team won the Larry Wieczorek Invite Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. 

IOWA CITY, Iowa — After racking up a total of 115 points, Illinois State men’s track and field finished first at the Larry Wieczorek Invite hosted by Iowa Friday and Saturday in the Hawkeyes' Recreation Building.

"The men's sprinters and hurdlers looked very sharp this weekend, and our throwers had a big day in the shot put as well," ISU head coach Jeff Bovee said via GoRedbirds.com.

The men’s shot put event saw a couple of Redbirds place in the top-two spots. Finishing first was Amiri Buchanan, tying a personal-best mark of 18.17 meters. Joe Boyer threw his indoor personal-best mark of 17.75 meters to finish second.

Both Buchanan and Boyer are seniors who were big contributors for ISU last year.

As for the running events, Enyinnaya Nwagwu Jr. finished first for the Redbirds in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.84 seconds. In that race, ISU also saw Jaylin Holmes place second with his own personal-best time of 21.87 seconds.

In the 60-meter dash, ISU sophomore Sean Hopkins tied for the sixth-fastest time in program history in only his second career meet as a Redbird. He ran a time of 6.78 seconds and also competed in the long jump at the invite.

“Sean Hopkins, in his second meet [as] a Redbird, looked fantastic in both the long jump and the 60-meter," Bovee said.

Redbird senior Brandon Ratliff ran a time of 7.85 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, which is good for third in program history. Ratliff set that time in last week’s Coughlan-Malloy Cup, where ISU took down Indiana State.

ISU saw a lot of success on the women’s side as well.

Bri Buggs set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.68 seconds. Carly Tucker also placed first in the high jump event.

Seven Hicks picked up right where she left off for the Redbirds after last week’s showing in the Coughlan-Malloy Cup. Hicks ran a time of 24.42 seconds in the 200-meter dash, which ties the seventh-fastest time in program history.

The Redbirds' women team placed fifth at the meet. 

RYAN SWANSON is a Sports Reporter. Swanson can be reached at raswan2@ilstu.edu. Follow Swanson on Twitter at @rswanny_5.


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