Glover, Smith Crowned MVC Champions on Day One
Brittany Smith after her first outdoor title
Brittany Smith after her first outdoor title

May 11, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Tim Glover and Brittany Smith threw themselves to Missouri Valley Conference titles in their respective events, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams concluded action at Drake Stadium on day one of the conference championships. Glover won his fourth-straight title in the javelin, while Smith took her first in the hammer throw.

Head track & field coach Elvis Forde thinks this is the spark the Redbirds need to have a good showing this weekend at the championships.

"The teams got a lot of momentum from the performances today," Forde said. "Tim and Brittany set the bar high with their conference crowns. Anytime you can start the conference championships with two first-place performances, that can create a ripple effect for the rest of the weekend."

Glover opened the javelin throw with a toss of 257-00 (78.33m), just a foot shy of his championship record set back in 2011. He failed to improve that mark on the next three throws, before passing his last two. His first throw stood as his best and was 25 feet, one inch further than runner-up Jon Rizzo of Wichita State.

Smith won the hammer throw on her third toss, throwing a season-best mark of 218-10 (66.71m), which was five feet further than DeAnna Price of Southern Illinois who finished second. That mark also moved her to No. 6 in the nation this season in the event, jumping two spots from eighth. This marks the second Valley title of Smith's career and first during her outdoor campaign.

The men's hammer throw and women's pole vault were the only other field events on the day. Akil Mills paced the Redbirds in the hammer with an 11th-place performance of 177-07 (54.12m). Kaitlyn Neiheisel had the top mark in the vault for ISU, clearing a personal-best height of 11-09.00 (3.58m) for ninth place.

On the track, the men's and women's 10,000-meter runs provided some late-night excitement. Ryan Rutherford and Kim Christensen ran themselves to second-place finishes, posting times of 30:07.51 and 35:44.36, respectively. Rachael Brewer finished fourth with a time of 36:00.78, while Ellen Devereux finished eighth with a time of 36:51.08. Those were personal-best times by Christensen and Devereux.

Day-two action at Drake Stadium continues tomorrow at 3 p.m. with the Redbirds in the women's shot put and men's high jump. Fans wishing to follow the live action can do so on or on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.