Petranoff, Glover Sweep Javelin Titles At MVC Championships
May 14, 2010
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State sophomore Leigh Petranoff and freshman Tim Glover each took home titles in the javelin Friday to highlight a strong day of competition for the Redbirds at the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the Redbird Track Complex.
The Redbird women sit in second place heading into the second day of competition behind Southern Illinois. The Salukis tallied 49 points on day one and the Redbirds finished with 20 points. Wichita State (18), Indiana State (13), Northern Iowa (11), Missouri State (4) and Bradley (3) rounded out the standings on the women's side. In the men's standings, the Redbirds sit in a three-way tie for second place with Wichita State and Indiana State with 19 points, with Southern Illinois out in front with 54 points. Drake (5) and Northern Iowa (1) are in fifth and sixth places, respectively.
Petranoff, the reigning MVC champion in the event, broke her own school record and set a new facility record with her throw of 162'00" to earn 10 points for the Redbirds and All-MVC honors. She became the first repeat winner in the event since Erica Evans of Wichita State won back-to-back titles from 2007-08 and just the seventh athlete in women's conference history to win multiple titles in the javelin.
Glover bested the field in the men's javelin competition with a school-record breaking throw of 233'11" to earn first-place honors and All-MVC recognition. The Normal, Ill., native came into the meet ranked second on the Valley best list and defeated Wichita State's Trent Mazanec to win the conference title in his first championship meet.
"It's always exciting to have a repeat champion and we hope Leigh has aspirations to go for a four-year sweep," head coach Elvis Forde said. "Leigh had to wait a long time to try to defend this title, as just an outdoor specialist, and to take the next step over the 160-foot mark was very impressive today. We are also very excited for Tim because he could have gone to several schools, but he chose to stay close to home and compete for Illinois State. He had a great throw and upped his personal-best as well, so it was a great way to start the weekend for the team."
Freshman Samantha Bluske also earned All-MVC honors with her performance in the women's 10,000 meter run. Bluske recorded a personal-best time of 35:57.36 to finish in third place behind Wichita State's Tonya Nero in first place (35:37.39) and Southern Illinois' Emily Toennies (35:46.83). Junior Olivia Myers also ran a solid race with a time of 37:01.44 to finish just out of the points in ninth place overall. In the men's 10,000-meter run, junior Scott Krapf earned All-MVC honors with a third place performance in a time of 31:26.20. Junior Jim Link also picked up two points in the race for the Redbirds, after recording a personal-best time of 32:13.52 to finish in seventh place.
Freshman Brittany Smith had a career day in the women's hammer throw and broke the school record in the event with a heave of 193'09" to take fifth place and earn the team four points. The throw topped her previous career-best mark of 179'08" and topped the previous school record of 180'07" set in 2002 by Sam Serrano. Southern Illinois' Jeneva McCall set a new facility record and won the event with a throw of 206'07". Sophomore Tori Ziegler also performed well in the event, as she set a new personal best with a throw of 163'07 to finish in 12th place, while Martha Shepard finished 13th with a heave of 148'00".
Senior Morgan Schaefer was the first athlete to compete for the Redbirds, as she competed in the heptathlon event. After four events, Schaefer sits in 11th place with 2,482 points, with her best performance of the day coming in the high jump where she tied for fifth place with a height of 5'02.50".
"I was amazed that Brittany changed her personal best by almost 14 feet and she still finished in fifth place," Forde said. "That just goes to show you how difficult this conference is to compete in. I was also very impressed with Sam and Scott's performances rounding out the day in the 10,000 meters. I hope that today's performances are an inspiration to the rest of the athletes tomorrow and we can continue to move up in the standings."
Action resumes Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the conclusion of the men's decathlon, with field events set to begin at 3 p.m. with the women's shot put trials and finals.
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