Redbirds set school record at safe; Finish second in the QymQuarters Invitational

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Thanks to a school-record performance on the vault, Illinois State finished second in the annual GymQuarters Invitational quad meet Friday night at Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The Redbirds posted a team score of 195.175 to finish behind Iowa State (196.325), but ahead of fellow Midwest Independent Conference foes Lindenwood (194.400) and Southeast Missouri (193.075).

Breakdown of scores:
• State of Iowa: 196,325
• State of Illinois: 195,175
• Linden: 194,400
• Southeast Missouri: 193,075

Coach’s thoughts Bob Conkling:
“It was another solid competition for our team. We started our first event hard, but I’m so proud of how the team pulled together for the rest of the competition. The highlight was that our team from the jump broke the school record Everyone on the jump team made big solid jumps and all had good landings We have even more to give Sunday in Lindenwood, especially bars and beam.

Team Notes:
• The Redbirds shone on vault, breaking the previous school record of 49.150 with a score of 49.350 which was the highest team score of the night on the event… the score is also the highest score highest for a MIC team in a regular season meet and sits only behind the league record of 49.500 set by Lindenwood in the 2015 MIC Championship meet.
• ISU was also solid on the floor, just missing out on an extra 49.000 team points with a score of 48.975.
• A solid score of 48.775 on bars and a score of 48.075 on beam rounded out the Redbirds’ night.

Gymnast Notes:
• The double MIC gymnast in title of the week Angelique Labat seemed unwilling to give up that crown, as she hit a season-high score of 39.325 to win the all-around title.
madison kip tied for first place on bars with a career-best 9.900 to lead the way for the Redbirds, and Sophie Iribarren added a top-5 spot to tie for fifth place with a 9.825.
• Labat and J’Chelle Heard tied for second on vault with corresponding scores of 9.900 to help the Redbirds set a new school record on the event.
• A score of 9.800 on beam for Labat tied her for fifth place to lead the way to the ISU.
Jaye Mac tied a career-high 9.900 on floor to finish in second place overall, with Labat and Laster each posting top-10 finishes tied for eighth with scores of 9.825.

Following:
Illinois State will stay in St. Charles until Sunday, when the Redbirds take on Lindenwood in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. at Robert F. Hyland Arena.

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