Smith, Glover Win Tony Wilson Awards at Final Day of Sea Ray Relays
April 14, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brittany Smith and Tim Glover win the Tony Wilson Award for the most outstanding male and female field athletes, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams conclude competition at the 2012 Sea Ray Relays. This was the first time any Redbird won the award at the Sea Ray Relays, as only four awards are given out each year.
Glover set a new Illinois State, Missouri Valley, and Sea Ray Relays record, winning the javelin with a personal-best throw of 266-09, three feet three inches further than his NCAA Division I National Championship throw of 263-06 last June. That was 51 feet further than anyone else competing in the event. He now ranks first in the nation by 10 feet, with results from around the nation still being turned in from this weekend's competitions. His mark was 70 centimeters off the Olympic A standard, which would qualify him to represent USA in the 2012 Olympics in London if he is in the top-three at the USA Outdoor Championships in July.
Smith set a new school record in the shot put with a first-place mark of 58-09.50, moving into first on the NCAA Division I collegiate best-list by over six inches, while claiming the top spot in the Valley by the same distance. She also took second in the discus with a mark of 180-11, a career-best and second-best in ISU history. That mark moves her into sixth in the nation and second in the Valley.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was impressed by these two's performances.
"You can continue to use as many superlatives as you want to describe these two athletes," said Forde. "They both continue to amaze me each week. For Tim to break his mark from last year's national championships this early, shows how hard he has been working to have things start to fall into place, looking past his title defense. As for Brittany, this was a big step for her to take over the top spot in both the nation and the conference, showing that she is just as good as anyone else in the event. As a whole, the team made some strides and the effort was there. We just need to carry it through next week and continue to get better before the conference meet."
The day started off early for the Redbirds with the men's hammer throw. Here, Akil Mills was the top Illinois State finisher with a fourth-place mark of 196-00. Curt Jensen was the next with a career-best 184-10, finishing seventh. Leigh Petranoff followed in the women's javelin where she took first place with a distance of 160-01, 20 feet further than any other competitor in the field.
On the track in the Sea Ray Showcase, Sade Sealy claimed first in the 400m dash, winning with a time of 54.06. Printassia Johnson followed with a fifth-place finish in the 100m dash, posting a personal-best time of 12.35. In the men's 4X800m relay, the Redbirds, consisting of Fabian Norgrove, Steven Regan, Tyler Rippel, and Wade Reeves finished second with a time of 7:49.14.
The day concluded with both the men's and women's 4X400m relays, where the women's team, consisting of Alia McAfee, Shandel Ellis, Johnson and Sealy ran to a first-place finish with a time of 3:42.54. On the other hand, the men's team, consisting of Coty Kramer, Norgrove, Tyler Knight and Drake Steudemann took seventh with a time of 3:15.77.
The Redbirds split up next weekend as the women's distance crew travels to California to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, Thursday, April 19, while the rest of the team heads to Louisville, Ky., to participate in the Lenny Lyles Invitational (April 20), before heading to Nashville, Tenn., for the Vanderbilt Invite (April 21).
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