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The Illinois State men's and women's track teams are both first after the opening day of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships at Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday.

After five events, the men have 44 points, seven more than second-place Indiana State. The Redbird women are tied for the lead with Indiana State with 44 points.

The Redbirds got victories from freshman Ryan Ashenbremer in the pole vault with a personal best of 16 feet, 7¼ inches, from Tessa Holland in the pentathlon with a school record 3,834 points and from Amanda McClain in the long jump at 19-10¼.

In the 60-meter dash prelims, ISU's Derrius Rodgers clocked a school and meet record 6.60 seconds. In the women's 60 prelims, D’Jenne Egharevba tied her ISU record of 7.39 to advance.

In the 60 hurdle prelims, Jaylan McConico lowered his Redbird record to 7.79 to advance.

Softball rally falls short: The ISU softball team rallied for three runs in the seventh inning, but the comeback fell short in a 5-4 loss to Iowa State at the Aquafina Invitational at Gainesville, Fla.

The Redbirds (4-10) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an unearned run before Iowa State (8-6) scored three in the bottom of the inning and added one in both the fifth and sixth to carry a 5-1 lead into the seventh.

Illinois State had loaded the bases in the final frame when Alex Caliva was hit by a pitch to plate the first run of the comeback. A sacrifice fly by Allison Spence made it 5-3 before Riley Strandgard drove home a run while reaching on a fielder's choice.

Sarah Finck took the loss for the Redbirds, who conclude play in the tournament on Sunday morning against Maryland.

Earlier in the day, the Redbirds were shut out by Georgia Southern, 7-0. ISU managed two hits, including a double by catcher Lauren Prader. Freshman starter Morgan Day (1-3) took the loss.

Baseball outslugged: Trevor Putzig and Kevin Strohschein each hit three of Tennessee Tech's 11 homers off eight ISU pitchers as the Redbirds absorbed a 30-17 defeat at Cookeville, Tenn.

ISU (2-3) got two homers from Nick Zouras and one apiece from Collin Braithwaite and Derek Parola. Jordan Libman drove in five runs on three hits.

Down 13-6 after four innings, the Redbirds got a three-run shot from Parola and a two-run homer from Zouras in an eight-run fifth. But Tennessee Tech (4-1) answered with eight runs in the bottom half.

Trevor Cross (0-1) took the loss in relief of Brent Headrick.

Wallace, men's golf in sixth: Trent Wallace had 70 in each of the first two rounds and is in sixth place in the Seminole Intercollegiate at Tallahassee, Fla. ISU shot 290 in the first and second rounds to sit tied for sixth at 580 with West Virginia in the 14-team tournament. Florida State leads with a 557.

At 140, Wallace enters Sunday's play three shots behind leader Jamie Li of Florida State. ISU's David Perkins is tied for 14th at 142 (69-73).

Women's golf in 16th: The ISU women's golf team shot a second-round 310 and moved up one spot to 16th in the Rio Verde Invitational at Rio Verde, Ariz. ISU is at 641 while leader Akron has a 599 total.

ISU's Abby Luchtenburg shot 75 Saturday and is tied for 37th at 155.


Women's lacrosse wins: Graine Kelly scored five goals and Riley Rooney added four as the IWU women's lacrosse team opened its season with a 15-10 win over Wittenberg at Springfield, Ohio.

Sam Bidlack scored twice while Maggie Torres, Abby Kushina, Dani Engelbreit and Claudia Richman each had one goal for the Titans. Janaye Godfrey made 15 saves.


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