Four Redbirds have now qualified for the championships.
They both have now qualified for back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championshps
Six will compete for the first time at the national level.
Women sit in third place, men sit fifth
Redbirds finished the day with two conference champions, four Valley performers
NCAA West Regionals in Austin, Texas
2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships | Day3
2012 State Farm MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships | Day 2
2012 State Farm MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships Day One
GVSU Big Meet Day One
Indoor: Finished second in the shot put and weight throw at the Early Bird Invitational (Dec. 3),with marks of 61-07.75 and 47-07.00, respectively ... finished first in the shot put at the Keck Invitational (Feb. 3) with a mark of 47-04.00 ... threw a personal-best in the weight throw at the same meet, finishing second with a mark of 62-02.25 ... finished seventh in the weight throw at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 25) with a mark of 61-11.75, only to follow with a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 48-10.75.
Outdoor: Placed second at the EIU Big Blue Classic (March 29) in the discus with a personal-best performance of 162-06 ... finished third in the shot put at the ISU vs. SIU Dual (April 7) with a mark of 49-11.25 ... threw a 170-07 in the hammer at the Vanderbilt Invitational (April 21), taking fourth ... launched a personal-best 186-04 in the hammer at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 11), finishing sixth ... also took sixth in the shot put at the conference meet with a toss of 49-05.00 ... qualified for the NCAA Division I West Region Preliminary Round (May 25) in the shot put and discus, where she finished 22nd and 37th with marks of 49-05.50 and 148-02, respectively.
Indoor: Took back-to-back second-place finishes at the Redbird Invite and the Illinois Intercollegiate in the shot put with distances of 44-08.00 and 45-06.25, respectively ... took second at the Early Bird Open in the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 58-08.75 ... placed second at the Redbird Invite in the weight throw with a mark of 55-04.75 ... finished 10th at the MVC Indoor Championships with a mark of 57-09.75.
Outdoor): Placed second at the Lee Calhoun Invite in the shot put with a mark of 49-00.25 ... earned All-Valley honors with a career-best toss of 52-02.50 at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the shot put for third place ... placed fourth at the Lee Calhoun Invite in the discus with a performance of 136-08 ... earned All-Valley honors in the discus with a third place performance at the MVC Outdoor Championships with a personal-best mark of 156-08 ... finish third in the hammer throw at the Lee Calhoun Invite with a mark of 165-03 ... set a personal-best distance of 179-05 in the hammer throw to finish ninth at the MVC Outdoor Championships.
Indoor: Finished first in the shot put at the Redbird Open and Indiana State dual ... set a career-best throw in the shot put at the Indiana Relays and the Iowa State Classic with a throw of 50-11.50 ... earned All-Valley honors in the shot put at the MVC Indoor Championships with a throw of 50-05.50.
Outdoor: Took third place in the shot put at the SIU Spring Classic and the EIU Big Blue Classic ... finished second in the shot put at the Redbird Spring Invite with a throw of 48-02.75 ... qualified for the NCAA West Regional ... recorded a season-best throw of 155-09 in the discus at the Sea Ray Relays for seventh place ... finished 10th at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the discus with a throw of 141-08 ... took second place in the hammer throw at the EIU Big Blue Classic with a toss of 162-10 ... recorded a throw of 157-01 in the hammer throw at the Redbird Spring Invite to finish third in the event ... had a season-best throw of 163-07 in the hammer throw for a 12th-place finish at the MVC Championships.
Indoor: All-Missouri Valley Conference shot putter ... took second with a season-best throw of 48-0.5 at the Valley Championships ... holds No. 3 all-time best shot put distance at Illinois State with a distance of 48-0.5 ... recorded three-straight first-place finishes in the shot put ... was fourth in the weight throw at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational with a season-best 53-5.75.
Outdoor: Holds a personal-best throw of 49-0.25, which ranked her No. 28 in the region and No. 2 all-time at ISU ... hit the regional-qualifying standard on four different occasions, with her best throw coming at the Stan Lyons Invitational ... took fourth in the shot put and sixth in the discus, with a personal-best toss of 148-4 at the State Farm MVC Championships ... competed in the shot put at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships.
At Grant High School: Named all-conference, all-county and all-state in track and field in 2008 ... was also named track and field team's most valuable athlete ... recorded a career-best in the shot put (46-4) and discus (146-1) in the discus ... placed fourth at the 2008 Illinois High School Association Track and Field Championship in the shot put and discus ... placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 42-11.00 feet and 11th in the discus, launching a personal-best 122-9.00 at the 2007 IHSA State Meet ... a three sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball and track and field.
Personal: Born 7/14/90 ... daughter of Bruce and Kim Ziegler ... has two brothers, Steven and Matt ... major is education.