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Illinois State track and field broke into two for a split-meet weekend at Indiana University and the University of Illinois this weekend, finding success in a variety of events. 

Illinois State track and field found success in all areas after being split into two with one team being sent to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Indiana Invitational and another being sent to Champaign for the Illini Invitational. 

Indiana Invitational

Seven Illinois State members recorded ISU all-time top-10 marks when they competed at the Indiana Invitational Friday and Saturday.

"We had many personal bests set today as well as all-time top 10 performances,” Director of track and field Jeff Bovee said. “I think many are fairly pleased but still feel hungry to reach the next level. We came here looking for NCAA-qualifying performances and we put some strong times up on the board that may hold up."

Rachel Hickey led the charge for the Redbirds to set personal records in their respective events at the invitational. Hickey put up a time of 4:21.54 in the 1500-meter, which marked a personal best and ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Hickey’s teammate, Maddi Exline, who also participated in the 1500-meter, finished with a time of 4:24.86 that puts her right behind Hickey for second place in the MVC.

In the men’s 1500-meter, Jake Gillum placed ninth overall with a personal-best time of 3:45.22. Caroline Meyers competed in the women’s 5000-meter and took 15 seconds off her previous best by posting a time of 16:51.89.

Ailey Mitchell, who participated in her second-ever 10,000-meter race and placed fifth, impressed by recording a time of 36:04.01, the eighth fastest time in Redbird history.

Hickey continued to leave her mark on the second day of the invitational, this time in the 800-meter. She posted another ISU all-time top-10 mark and finished in fourth place with a personal-best time of 2:07.36.

In the men’s group, Riley Wells recorded a time of 1:50.18 which was a personal best as he finished as the top Redbird.

Illini Invitational

The Illini invitational was completed this Saturday with numerous first place finishes from the Redbirds in a variety of events.

The first of the Redbirds' wins came from the women's 4x100-meter relay where Sa'Mone Winters, Bri Buggs, Madison Saunders and Arianna Walker finished with 46.03 seconds.

Logan Calvin sealed another Redbird win in the men’s shot put event. His throw of 18.94 meters was enough to take home first place and rank as his second-best outdoor throw.

Another Redbird win came in the men’s 4x400-meter relay. The team of Junias Holmes Jr., Avery Lyons, Cecil Brownridge III and Brandon Gage finished with a season best finish of 3:09.54. The time this team set currently ranks first in the MVC, seventh all-time in school history and 21st in the NCAA West Region. Brownridge III would follow this win up with another win and an MVC best time in the 400-meter dash of 47.59.

The triple jump would give the Redbirds their final win of the day with Elijah Williams taking first in the event. His jump of 14.73 meters was a personal best and more than enough to give him first place.

ISU’s men’s and women’s high jump both finished second. Cameron Getz narrowly lost with a jump of 2.05 meters in the men’s competitions and Carly Tucker placed second with her jump of 1.70 meters. Tucker’s jump was a personal best and ranked second in the MVC this season.

In pole vaulting, Amni Austin set a personal best of 3.88 meters, a mark which ranks sixth in Illinois State history and second in the MVC this season. Co-Redbird Ali Cranston also made an impressive mark with a jump of 3.73 meters. Cranston’s jump ranks ninth in ISU history.

JACOB URISH is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. Urish can be contacted at jauris1@ilstu.edu. Follow Urish on Twitter at @urishjac


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