CHAMPAIGN, Unwell. – In just his first heptathlon as a Redbird, sophomore Ariel Atias broke the Illinois State university history in the indoor function, totaling a particular finest of 5,285 details more than the 7 situations. The Redbirds also claimed the crew victory for the two the adult males and ladies, defeating Illinois, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State at the fulfill.
“Ariel with his 1st multi event for the Redbirds, coming out to split the faculty file was fantastic.” Director of Monitor & Field/Cross Country Jeff Bovee said.
Not only did Atias set a individual most effective in complete details, he also did so in a few of the occasions – the 60m hurdles (8.74), pole vault (4.60m) and 60m sprint (7.34). Atias, who positioned next general, presently ranks No. 13 in the nation and No. 2 in the Valley.
Putting the nation on observe, fifth-year senior Kameesha Smith cleared her most effective mark of the period at 1.80m (5-10.75 ft.) in the women’s higher leap. Smith, who certified for the NCAA Indoor Championships last year, now sits at No. 13 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the MVC.
“Kameesha was a little rusty the 1st couple of meets acquiring back to her aged self,” Bovee claimed. “Now, I imagine her legs are back under her and it can be seriously superior to see her back again at her finest.”
Kickstarting the strong working day for the Redbirds was redshirt senior Ryan Ashenbremer, who captured the get in the men’s pole vault with a mark of 4.94m (16-2.5 ft.). His teammate, junior Max Schweitzer, cleared a private most effective 4.79m (15-8.5 ft.) to complete 2nd.
On the track, sophomore 7 Hicks and freshman Devin Turner the two grabbed 2nd-area finishes for the ‘Birds. Hicks completed in a time of 7.56 seconds, just .04 seconds off her individual ideal time. Turner clocked in at 6.95 seconds.
In addition, sophomore Mattie Lieb and senior Avery Lyons ran their way to own bests in the sprint. Lyons also ran the first sub-7 second 60m dash of his collegiate profession.
“The small sprints appeared wonderful nowadays.” Bovee mentioned.
Sophomore Brandon Ratliff finished as the runner up in the 60m hurdles and established a season most effective with a time of 8.01 seconds. His time was just .03 seconds off his individual ideal.
Three Redbirds set new private bests in the women’s shot set, led by senior Hannah Johnson, who completed second total with a throw of 14.82m. In addition to Johnson, sophomore Batya Butler and freshman Taylor Kesner established private bests. Butler also competed in the excess weight throw and threw a particular finest.
“Going into this meet up with, we genuinely desired to concentration on bringing a great deal of power and supporting each other,” Bovee mentioned. “We undoubtedly introduced a substantially larger level of electricity and a large amount a lot more competitiveness. We experienced a great deal of men and women lead these days throughout the board, and I was genuinely delighted with how we came collectively as a team.”
Men’s Team Score
- Illinois State – 204
- Illinois – 199
- Illinois-Chicago – 42
- Chicago State – 36
- Wisconsin – 29
Women’s Team Score
- Illinois Point out – 164
- Illinois – 163
- Northern Illinois – 131
- Wisconsin – 39
- Illinois-Chicago – 37
- Chicago Point out – 25
The Redbirds will make their 2nd out-of-condition journey of the period, hitting the highway for the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 29.
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