Glover Defends National Title in Javelin, Smith Finishes Runner-Up in Hammer
June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior Tim Glover successfully defended his title from a year ago, claiming his second-straight NCAA Division I National Title in the javelin with a throw of 268-00 (81.69m), as day two of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships comes to a close for the Illinois State track & field teams at Drake Stadium. Brittany Smith had her highest finish at the NCAA Championships, finishing second in the hammer throw with a mark of 224-07.
Glover started the day off for the Redbirds as the 11th thrower in flight one of the javelin prelims, opening up with a throw of 241-00, sliding him into third place. He bettered that mark on his second attempt (247-05), but failed to increase his placing. He would hold that mark, heading into the finals as the No. 3 thrower of both flights and would be the seventh thrower in rotation.
On his first throw of the finals, Glover set the tone for the remainder of the competition, hitting a career-best mark of 268-00 (81.69m), breaking both the Illinois State and Missouri Valley Conference records, while remaining the No. 9 performer all-time in NCAA history. That mark improves his previous American and collegiate leading mark of 266-09 this season by over a foot, and was just 31 centimeters off the London Olympic A standard of 82.00m.
Glover edged out Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M by seven feet allowing him to become just the second Redbird to repeat as a national champion at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the first being Tom Smith in the high jump in 1987 & 1988.
At the same time as the javelin was going on, B. Smith kicked off the hammer throw competition with a season-best opening mark of 220-10. She would better her previous mark on each of her next two throws, ending flight one in first place with a distance of 224-07. That mark breaks her previous school record and career-mark of 222-10 that she set at the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championships four weeks ago.
She entered the finals as the No. 2 thrower to Southern Illinois' Jeneva McCall who squeaked a throw just two centimeters further than B. Smith in the preliminary round. B. Smith threw 217-04 and 214-08 on her first two throws of the finals before fouling her last and failing to improve her mark of the prelims. McCall improved her mark to 225-03, assuring B. Smith a runner-up finish in the event, her highest of any NCAA Championship she has ever taken part in.
B. Smith will be back in action tomorrow as she steps to the shot put ring at 5 p.m. Akil Mills will get the ball rolling for the Redbirds in the men's hammer throw competition which is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
Those wishing to follow B. Smith and Mills can do so on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISURedbirds or @ISU_Track_XC. Live Results will also be available and can be linked through GoRedbirds.com on the 2012 NCAA Championships Central page. ESPNU will televise Saturday's action from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (CST). The rest of the events will be streamed live for free through ESPN3.com.
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