Glover, Petranoff Highlight Day One of Valley Championships
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May 11, 2012

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WICHITA, Kan. - Tim Glover and Leigh Petranoff continued their Missouri Valley Conference dominance, sweeping the javelin competition, as the Illinois State men's and No. 15-ranked women's track & field teams finished day one of competition at the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium.

Petranoff picked up her fourth-straight conference title, throwing 25 feet further than the rest of her competition, ending with a mark of 161-04. Glover followed suit, picking up his third-straight title with a mark of 254-06, 17 feet further than anyone else in the field. Both also earned All-Valley honors with their performances.

Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was proud of the performance given by the javelin throwers.

"To win a conference title is something special, but to win it three or four times in a row, is a rarity in the sport. For Tim and Leigh to do what they have done, it shows their dedication to the sport and how hard they have worked over the years to get where they are."

The field events continued with the men's and women's hammer throw competition. Brittany Smith and Tori Ziegler racked up the points for the Redbirds, finishing second and sixth, respectively. Smith's mark of 222-10 was eight feet, eight inches further than her previous personal best and school record mark (214-02), placing her second and earning her All-Valley honors. Ziegler also set a new career-mark, throwing 186-04.

The men's hammer saw Curt Jensen setting a new personal-best mark of 197-08, placing him third and earning him All-Valley honors. Akil Mills took fourth with a mark of 196-01. The field events ended with the women's pole vault where Rachelle Harbert took fourth with a height of 12-02.75, while Emily Swift finished seventh with a height of 11-09.00.

The night ended on the track with both the men's and women's 10,000-meter runs. Rachael Brewer was the lone Redbird competing for the women, finishing the event in fourth place with a time of 36:30.30. Ryan Rutherford and Sean Senf competed for the men, turning in times of 31:47.84 and 32:36.36, respectively.

As it stands now, the women's team sits in third place with 32 points, while the men team sits in third with 22 points. Tomorrow will prove to be a pivotal day for the Redbirds as the track prelims take place with hopes of many advancing to the finals on Sunday.

"Today showed many competitors setting new career marks, which shows that you will have to raise the bar that much higher if you want to score or even place at this meet," said Forde. "We need for the track athletes to get after it tomorrow and make it to Sunday to give both teams the best chance at finishing at their highest level."

Both teams will be back in action tomorrow for day two of the conference championships. Fans can follow the Redbirds live this weekend on GoRedbirds.com on the 2012 MVC Championships Central page which features a live video broadcast and live Twitter updates via @ISU_Track_XC. Supporters can also follow via @ISURedbirds and live results, which are also posted on the championships page. Results and a full recap of each day's events will be available as well on the same page.

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