CAMP FEATURES

 

Camps will cover a variety of topics, including nutrition, training methodology, running mechanics, running tactics, team building, technical fundamentals as well as the psychology aspects of training, mental training, strength training and injury prevention.  Campers will also receive instruction and training recommendations from Illinois State’s leading exercise physiologist, Dr. Dale Brown and ISU Athletics’ sports nutritionist, Chris Carter.  The Track & Field camp includes Sprints, Throws, Pole Vault and Jumps event groups.  The Distance Running camp will conclude with a three-mile race at Maxwell Park (site of the IESA Cross Country Championships. 

The camps will utilize a wide array of facilities including:

 

Redbird Track and Field Complex

ISU Cross Country Course at the Weibring Golf Club (home of the annual Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships and the 2012 MVC Cross Country Championships)

University Farm

Maxwell Park (home of the IESA State Cross Country Meet)
Lake Evergreen Trails
The Constitution Trail

 

Instruction for both camps will be provided by ISU coaching staff, visiting high school & college coaches,

as well as collegiate student-athletes.

 

 


 Camper Fees   

                                                                                                           

                                                 Resident Camper                      $375

                                                 Commuter Camper                   $300

 

     Team discount prices are available. 

    Please contact us at 309-438-3633 or email ljretze@ilstu.edu. 

 

To reserve a spot for you at camp, mail in your registration plus a $100 deposit prior to June 30th

Your camp fee balance will be due at camp check-in on Sunday, July 15th.   

Payment will need to be by check, cash or money order.     

 

Partial payments cannot be made online.         

 

Mailing address:  ISU Track/Distance Camps 

            Campus Box 7130

                   Normal IL 61790-7130 


 

Lodging   

                                                                                                           

 Housing will be provided in one of the Illinois State residence halls with two

campers per room.  Roommate preference must be filled in on the registration form.  

Residence halls are all air-conditioned.

 

 

 

 

Training/Medical   

                                                                                                           

A full-time trainer will be on site at all times throughout the duration of the camp. 

PLEASE NOTE:  All campers must complete the "Parent Authorization"

                   form before participating in any camp activities. 

Forms must be returned at camp check-in on Sunday, July 15th.

 

 


   What to Bring   

                                                                                                           

  Running outfit for each workout session 

 

Training flats and spikes  

 

  Toiletries and towels  

 

  Pillow, blanket and swim suit  

 

  Bed linens or sleeping bag  

 

*Pole Vaulters need to bring their own poles

 


 

Typical Day at Camp
 

 

Time                    Activity

        7:30 - 8:30am

Breakfast

        9:00 - 9:15am

Camp Assembly

        9:30 - 12pm

Event Instruction/Participation

        12 - 1:30pm

Lunch

         1:30 - 3pm

Lecture/Free Time

         3:30 - 6pm

Event Instruction/Participation

          6:00 - 7pm

Dinner/Free Time

           7:30pm

Games/Group Activities

 

 


Important Dates

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1 // Late Registration, fee increases by $35

 

SUNDAY, JULY 15 // 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Camp Check-in. 

Location will be email the week before camp.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 // 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Camp Check-out

 

TO AVOID A $35 LATE FEE, REGISTER PRIOR TO JULY 1st

 


Important Information

 

High School must be included in registration information. 

IF YOU ARE HOME SCHOOLED,

please select "HOME SCHOOL-Home City-NA" 

from the list of High Schools.

 

 

Currently Zero Open Camps

 Jeff Bovee, Camp Director
Director of Track and Field /Head Coach Cross Country

 

   In June of 2014, Jeff Bovee was named the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country for Illinois State. Bovee has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience, including eight years at Illinois State. Bovee brings a tremendous pedigree into the director position, as he has had success as the Redbird men’s and women’s head cross country coach for the past eight seasons, as well as other levels in college athletics.

 

   Bovee has built a name for himself in Redbird cross country and track and field history, capturing back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference cross country titles (2011 and 2012) and building the program to its successful state today. Bovee's years of experience in the distance running realm, have proven he knows how to push student-athletes to a higher level.

 

   Bovee has coached the distance crew to 70 All-Valley performances, including 15 Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships. This past cross country season, Bovee guided senior standout Rachael Brewer to a first-place Valley finish. Brewer was the first ISU runner to claim the women’s crown since Stacia Beste won the title for the Redbirds in 2001. In that same year, junior Ryan Rutherford finished was runner-up at the Valley championships, preceding All-Regional honors at the Midwest Regional cross country meet.

 

   His best year at the helm of training the distance runners came in 2011-12, where he led the women's cross country team to its first-ever conference title since the Gateway Conference was absorbed by the Missouri Valley Conference in 1992. This conference title came after years of building a successful women's program which finished second in 2009 and again in 2010. From 2007-10, he coached the men's team to four-consecutive top-three finishes in the Valley, with its best finish coming in 2007 when they placed second.

 

   In addition to their All-Valley performances in cross country in 2011, Elise Sigg and current Nike athlete Aisha Praught went on to finish in the top-25 at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championship, earning All-Midwest Regional honors, a first since Sue Daggett claimed regional and national honors in 1996.

 

    Following a remarkable 2011 season, Bovee coached the women's team to four individual All-Valley performances, including a runner-up performance by Rachael Brewer. After being nominated preseason No. 1, the Redbird foursome of Brewer, Sigg, Kim Christensen and Kelly McShea notched All-Valley honors and helped the ISU squad to a No. 6 regional ranking in the competitive Midwest region. Brewer went on to finish in the top-25 at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet, earning All-Midwest honors.

 

   Most recently, Bovee guided both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to third-place MVC finishes. In addition to a 2013 individual title and runner-up performance, Bovee guided Christensen and Tyler Morse to MVC honorable mention accolades.

 

   On the track and field circuit, Bovee coached the 2011 indoor women's distance medley relay to its third-consecutive conference title, leading wire-to-wire to take home the crown. Praught followed with her own championship in the mile, before Matt Smoody won his second-straight title in the 800-meter run. In all, the distance runners turned in nine All-Valley performances, with the women's distance crew scoring a total of 69 points. Praught also set the Illinois State and MVC 1,500-meter record with a time of 4:16.06, eight seconds ahead of the next best ISU time of 4:24.40 set by Sara Schumacher in 1984.

 

   He played an intricate role in developing Praught, who became the first NCAA Qualifier on the track since Christian Goy in 2002. Praught broke every Illinois State and Missouri Valley Conference record in the mile, running a personal-best 4:37.77 en route to a NCAA Division I Runner-up performance at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boise, Idaho. Bovee also helped guide Praught to an Olympic trials qualification, after she ran a 9:51.30 at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in the steeplechase, breaking the MVC and Illinois State records, while holding down the No. 6 spot in the world for three-consecutive weeks. That time was the second-fastest time in the collegiate ranks all season.

 

   Bovee continued his coaching prowess in 2011, as his runners claimed two conference titles and turned in seven Valley performances. In the process, the crew produced eight NCAA track & field regional qualifiers (seven in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase). In the 2012 outdoor season, Bovee guided Zillmer to her first NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance in the steeplechase, where she finished 22nd overall in the event, helping her team t

 

   In 2013, Bovee guided the women’s team to 76 points at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, including a 1-2-3 finish from Sigg, Zillmer and McShea in the steeplechase. That same meet, Zillmer captured a 1,500-meter MVC title to accompany an 800-meter runner-up finish. McShea ran to a runner-up finish behind Zillmer in the 1,500-meter race, and Christensen and Sigg notched runner-up performances in the 10K and 5K, respectively.

Most recently, Bovee guided his distance crew to six All-Valley performances and two outright titles at the outdoor Valley championships. Zillmer captured a 2014 Valley title in the steeplechase, marking the fourth-straight year a Redbird has won the steeplechase trophy. McShea finished just behind Zillmer in the event to pick up All-Valley accolades, but more notably, McShea ran to a 28-second personal-best performance in the 5K to take home first-place for the Redbirds. Rutherford posted two runner-up performances in the men’s 5K and 10K events, advancing him to the NCAA West preliminary round in the 10K. Rutherford also earned 5K honors at the 2013-14 MVC indoor championships, while McShea helped the Redbird DMR crew to its third first-place title in four years.

 

   Off the track, Bovee has also shown his passion for academics, as his cross country teams have earned eight U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors (Men: 2008, 2010; Women: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Individually, Praught was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for her performances in 2011-12, along with Brewer who was named to the team in 2012. Praught was also named to the prestigious Capital One Academic All-District V team in 2011.

 

   During his tenure at Central College, Bovee coached four NCAA Division III All-Americans in track, one cross country All-American, as well as eight NCAA Championships qualifiers. In addition, he coached runners that earned USTFCCCA Division III All-Region honors five times.

 

 

Jon-Michael Brandt
Assistant Coach - Distance

 

   Jon-Michael Brandt enters his first year as the assistant distance coach of the Illinois State University Track and Field Program. Brandt joins the Redbird staff after spending the last three years as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa, where he previously excelled as a student-athlete as well.

 

  Brandt brings three years of Division I coaching experience with him to Illinois State.  While  his three years were all spent at Iowa, Brandt was exposed to a wide range of experiences and

coaching styles, having learned under three different distance coaches. This, combined with his experience in Division I as both a coach and a student-athlete, made Brandt the perfect fit.

 

   Brandt is a USA Track and Field Level I certified coach. During his coaching career at Iowa, he assisted in mentoring top talent, including Kevin Lewis, who was a 2015 indoor national qualifier and Second-Team All-American, along with three NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifiers. Brandt also helped guide his athletes to seven indoor and seven outdoor top-10 marks on the Iowa record boards as well as three school records.

 

   Before joining the Hawkeye staff, Brandt was an integral member of the Iowa Track and Field and Cross Country program as a student-athlete. A six-time letter winner for the Hawkeyes, Brandt competed in the cross country circuit and in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs on the track. In 2012, he was named the team’s Most Outstanding Cross Country Runner before being a team captain for both programs in 2014 during his senior season.

 

 

Brenton Emanuel
Assistant Coach - Sprints, Hurdles, Relays

 

   Brenton Emanuel enters his fourth year with the Illinois State University Track and Field Program, specializing in sprints, hurdles, and relays. The 2017-18 season marks the first year for Emanuel in the role of Associate Head Coach.

 

   During his three years with the Redbirds, Emanuel has coached two NCAA National qualifiers in Anderson Devonish and Derrius Rodgers, 22 NCAA West Preliminary First Round qualifiers, and three USATF Junior qualifiers. He has helped the Redbirds break six school records, guided his athletes to 18 MVC Championships, and aided in 78 All-MVC performances.

 

   The 2016-17 season saw Emanuel coach freshmen D’Jenne Egharevba and Derrius Rodgers to MVC Freshman of the Year honors following not only the indoor season, but the outdoor season as well.

 

   Egharevba was crowned MVC Champion in the 200-meter dash at the 2017 Indoor Championships, posting the second-fastest time in ISU history. She followed this showing with All-MVC performances in the 100-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay at the 2017 Outdoor MVC Championships.

 

   Rodgers broke the 60-meter dash record which had previously stood for 21 years en route to an MVC Championship in the event. His mark of 6.64 qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships where he finished 13th and earned Second-Team All-American honors as a freshman.

 

   Emanuel also led his athletes to a clean-sweep in the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay at the 2017 MVC Indoor Championships. Both Amanda McClain and Ben Montgomery claimed gold in the 400-meter dash, while the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay teams each posted convincing victories on their way to an MVC Championship.

 

   During the outdoor campaign, Emanuel helped Amanda McClain defend her MVC title in the 400-meter dash and guided the men’s 4x100-meter relay team to an MVC Championship.

 

   The 2017 season also saw Demetria Anderson tie the 23-year-old 60-meter hurdles record and shatter the 100-meter hurdles record, a mark which had previously stood for 30 years. The indoor women’s 4x400-meter relay record fell as well, as the team of Ally Christiani, Rayanne Wright, Amanda McClain, and Ashleigh Wilson posted a new ISU-best.

 

   Emanuel joined the ISU staff after serving as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles and the recruiting coordinator at California University of Pennsylvania. While at CALU, Emanuel guided one young man to the World Junior Championships in the 200 meter dash.

 

   Before joining the Vulcans’ staff, Emanuel spent five years as the assistant track and field coach and recruiting coordinator for Eastern Illinois, where he helped coach the Panthers to nine team championships. In addition to guiding All-American sprinter Zye Boey, Emanuel coached 44 OVC individual champions, 55 All-Ohio Valley honorees, and aided in eight school records. He also served as Eastern Illinois’ meet manager, ran Illinois State high school meets, and managed National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships.

 


LaMar Garrett
Assistant Coach - High Jump, Multi-Events

 

   LaMar Garrett enters his fifth year as an assistant track and field coach at Illinois State, specializing in the high jump and multi-events. In 2017, Garrett guided freshman Anthony McRoberts to a 14th place finish in high jump at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round and qualified two athletes to the USATF Junior Championships.

 

   During the 2017 indoor season, Garrett coached James Brandenburg to a record-breaking performance in the men’s heptathlon at MVC Indoor Championships. His score of 5,185 points was not only an ISU-best, but was good enough for third place and All-Valley honors. En route to his third place finish, Brandenburg won the heptathlon long jump with a personal-best leap of 7.28m, a mark which is tied for sixth on the Redbird Top-10 List. Brandenburg capped off his spectacular MVC Championships performance with a sixth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. His mark of 8.16 is the third-fastest time in the Illinois State record book.

 

   In addition, Garrett guided freshman Anthony McRoberts and senior Haley Becker to All-Conference honors in the high jump at the 2017 MVC Indoor Championships. McRoberts finished second in the men’s competition with a jump of 2.12m, while Becker placed third on the women’s side. Francis Ehigbai also performed well in the high jump, finishing sixth. McRoberts' and Ehigbai's performances catapulted Garrett’s men's team into the 14th spot on the USTFCCCA’s High Jump Event Squad Rankings.

 

   Also of note for the 2017 indoor season were the performances of Jordan Wilkerson and Tessa Holland in the multi-events at MVC Championships. Wilkerson placed seventh and earned the third-best mark in school history in the men’s heptathlon with 4,856 points, while Holland recorded an eighth place finish in the pentathlon.

Coach Garrett also aided hurdlers Jordyn Bruce and Holland to Top-10 performances, as they notched the ninth and tenth fastest marks in Illinois State history, respectively.

During the 2017 outdoor season, Garrett led Brandenburg to another All-MVC performance, this time in the decathlon. His score of 6,604 points not only earned him a second-place finish, but ranks fourth in Illinois State history. Brandenburg posted a solid performance in the 110-meter hurdles as well, finishing eighth and recording the ninth-fastest time in the Redbird record book.

 

   Wilkerson and Holland also picked up right where they left off under Garrett’s aid. Wilkerson notched the sixth best mark in school history in the decathlon and Holland posted the fifth best mark in the pentathlon. Holland added a third-place, All-Conference performance in the high jump and a fifth place finish in the javelin. Her marks in these events rank fifth and eighth in ISU history, respectively.

 

   Bruce had a great outdoor season as well, recording the sixth best time in Redbird history and placing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at MVC Championships. She also competed at USATF Junior Nationals, finishing 12th in the 400-meter hurdles.

 

   Garrett finished the outdoor season with a men’s high jump squad that was ranked 17th in the nation by the USTFCCCA. McRoberts’ 14th place finish at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round and third place finish at USATF Junior Nationals (making him an alternate for Team USA) further justifies this honor.

In 2016, Garrett guided Holland to the second-best pentathlon performance in ISU history and a third-place, All-Valley performance in the high jump at MVC Indoor Championships. She would go on to qualify for the 2016 USATF Junior Championships following the outdoor season.

 

   Garrett also helped Ehigbai to an All-Valley performance in high jump at the MVC Indoor Championships and Becker to a fourth-place high jump finish at MVC Outdoor Championships.

 

   During the 2015 season, Garrett guided senior Kevin Fisch to a third-place, All-Conference finish in the high jump at MVC Indoor Championships. This marked Fisch’s second All-Valley performance of his career, as he finished third in the decathlon at the 2014 MVC Outdoor Championships.

 

   Over the course of his career, Fisch captured the second-best heptathlon mark (5,145 points) and fifth-best decathlon mark (6,601 points) in ISU history. The only multi-eventer on the Redbird roster during his time at ISU, Garrett helped revive the ISU multi-event squad and turn it into what it is today.

 

   Garrett joined the Redbird staff after a two-year stint at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as a volunteer assistant. During his two-year campaign, Garrett helped guide the Badgers to two Big Ten Conference Championships. With Garrett was the jumps coach, the Wisconsin men also captured a third-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships.

 

   While at Wisconsin-Madison, Garrett helped the Badgers record two Top-10 marks in the high jump and a Big Ten heptathlon record. He coached four NCAA first-round qualifiers in the high jump, one Olympic trials qualifier in the decathlon, and guided Japheth Cato to NCAA Indoor Heptathlon Runner-Up honors in 2012 and 2013.


 

Shawn Williams
Assistant Coach - Throws

 

   Shawn Williams enters his fourth year as an assistant track and field coach at Illinois State University, specializing in throws.

 

   In his three years with the Redbirds, Williams has coached eight NCAA West Preliminary First Round qualifiers, two USATF Junior qualifiers, and a two-time All-American in Jianna Williams. He has guided his athletes to two MVC Conference Championships and assisted in 10 All-MVC performances.

 

   During the 2017 season, Williams coached freshman Sydney Laufenberg and sophomore Brandy Thomas to outdoor MVC titles.  Laufenberg claimed gold in discus, throwing a personal-best 51.70m (169-07.00) at MVC Championships. Not only was this mark the fifth-farthest in ISU history, but it qualified her for the NCAA Division I West Preliminary First Round and USATF Junior Championships.

 

   Thomas capitalized in shot put, placing first with a personal-record throw of 15.68m (51-05.50). This distance ranks fourth on the Illinois State Top-10 List and qualified her for the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round as well.

 

   In addition, Williams led senior Morgan Keller to a second place finish in shot put at both the indoor and outdoor MVC Championships. Keller added a third place finish in discus to her repertoire at the MVC Outdoor Championships, garnering All-Valley honors for the fourth time in her career. She also qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in shot put and discus, making her the third female Redbird thrower to do so in 2017.

 

   In his first year with the Redbirds, Williams guided senior Jianna Williams to earning First-Team All-American accolades in hammer throw and Second-Team All-American status in shot put. He coached three NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifiers and four All-MVC honorees, including Williams, who was the MVC runner-up in hammer throw.

 

   Before ISU, Williams spent three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Troy. As an assistant, he oversaw training and weight lifting sessions, assisted in all field events, and directed the recruiting efforts.

 

   While at Troy, Williams guided Martins Pildavs (javelin) and Nicolo Bolla (hammer throw) to Second-Team All-American honors at the NCAA Championships in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He coached 11 NCAA regional qualifiers, eight Sun Belt All-Conference members, and aided Bolla in breaking the Sun Belt hammer throw record. Williams also coached his student-athletes to five Troy school records.

 

   Throughout his time as a Troy assistant coach, Williams signed 58 athletes to the Trojan squad, including the No. 4 high school girls’ discus thrower, the No. 15 high school girls’ 300-meter hurdler, and the No. 16 high school boys’ 110-meter high-hurdler, along with five NJCAA All-Americans.

 

   Prior to joining the Trojan’s staff, Williams spent a semester as the assistant track and field coach at Bethune-Cookman, where he served as the coach of throws and pole vault. He helped his athletes to two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) pole vault records, four school pole vault records, and four MEAC Championships.

 

 

 

Mary Wood
Assistant Coach - Long Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault

 

   Mary Wood enters her fourth year with the Illinois State University Track and Field Program. The 2017-2018 season marks the first year for Wood in the role of Associate Head Coach.

 

   Wood coaches the Redbirds’ men and women in the horizontal jumps and pole vault. Coach Wood is a USA Track and Field Level II certified coach in the jumping events. In her three seasons as a Redbird assistant, she has coached six Missouri Valley Conference champions, five NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifiers, and four Illinois State record-holders.

 

   During the 2016-2017 season, Wood’s athletes tallied 19 personal records, 13 Illinois State top-ten performances, and one Illinois State record. Wood’s group of young men and women also combined to score 42 points at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

 

   Sophomore Amanda McClain led the way for the Redbirds in the women’s long jump at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, defending her title with a personal-best jump of 6.17m (20’3). McClain broke the 27-year-old Illinois State record with her leap. McClain went on to finish as the runner-up in the women’s long jump at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. McClain qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the long jump with a personal-record of 6.20m (20’4.5). The mark makes McClain second on Illinois State’s all-time list. McClain concluded her season at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas, finishing 20th in the competition.

 

   As a freshman, Anthony McRoberts broke the 50’0 barrier in the triple jump at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Woods Invite at the University of Louisville. His personal-best jump of 15.28m (50’1.5) is eighth on Illinois State’s all-time list and qualified McRoberts for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.  McRoberts finished 37th at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, also qualifying for the USA Junior Championships in the triple jump.

 

   Senior Travon Diggins achieved a personal-best of 7.11m (23’3.5) in long jump, finishing eighth at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships. Junior Patrice Jones also contributed points to the Redbird Women’s Team in the long jump at the Indoor Championships with a mark of 5.73m (18’9.75). The mark is a personal-record for Jones, who is currently tenth on the ISU all-time list and placed seventh at the Indoor Championships. Freshman Charde Golliday earned the eighth spot on ISU’s top-ten list during the outdoor season, jumping a lifetime-best of 5.89m (19’4) in the long jump.

 

   Freshman Victoria Gruszka posted fifth and sixth place finishes for the Redbirds at the Indoor and Outdoor Missouri Valley Championships, respectively, in the triple jump.  Gruszka’s personal-best mark of 12.06m (39’6.75) in the event was achieved at the MVC Indoor Championships and is seventh on the ISU all-time list.

 

   In the pole vault, freshman Kellen Kravik led the way for the Redbirds, placing eighth and fourth, respectively, at both the Indoor and Outdoor MVC Championships. Kravik’s personal-best of 4.82m (15’9.75) is tenth on the ISU all-time list. Freshman Luke Nelson also contributed at the Outdoor Championships, finishing seventh for the Redbirds. Freshman Ariana Cranston achieved a personal-record this season with a vault of 3.68m (12’0.75); this lands Cranston at number five on the ISU top-ten list.

 

   The 2016 season was marked by senior Emily Clay breaking the Illinois State outdoor record in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 4.12m (13’6.25). During the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, the senior won the indoor title with a jump of 4.01m (13’1.75), helping the Redbird Women’s Team to their first indoor team title since 1997. Clay won her second Missouri Valley title at the outdoor championships with a vault of 4.11m (13’5.75). Clay concluded her season at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kan., where she finished 18th with a mark of 4.12m (13’6.25).

 

   As a freshman, Amanda McClain secured both the Indoor and Outdoor Missouri Valley Conference titles in the long jump. At the Indoor Missouri Valley Championships, McClain jumped a personal-best of 5.99m (19’8) to clench her first individual title. During her outdoor campaign, McClain won the Virginia Challenge with a lifetime-best of 6.16m (20’2.5). The outstanding freshman went on to win the Missouri Valley Outdoor Championship, capturing her second title in the event with a leap of 6.08m (19’11.5). McClain qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the long jump where she finished 24th in the competition.

 

   The notable performances of the 2015 season were led by Chase Pavelonis. The senior shattered the 28- year-old indoor pole vault record with a vault of 5.28m (17’3.75). Pavelonis achieved this lifetime best mark at the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, earning his first championship title.  Pavelonis followed this with another school record-breaking performance in the outdoor season at the Redbird Invite with a jump of 5.21m (17’1). Pavelonis qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round for the first time in his career, finishing 16th in Austin, Texas, with a mark of 5.20m (17’0.75).

 

   Freshman Patrice Jones contributed points to the Redbird Women’s Team at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships with a mark of 5.67m (18’7.25). The mark was a personal best for Jones and earned her an eighth place finish at the championships. Shelby Allen posted a sixth place finish at the championships in the triple jump with a mark of 12.11m (39”8.75).

 

   Wood came to Illinois State from Gardner-Webb University where she served as the coach of the men’s and women’s horizontal jumps, pole vault, combined events, sprints, and hurdles from 2007 to 2014. Wood coached 10 Big South Conference Champions with the Bulldogs, while her athletes amassed 47 All-Conference Honors.