Glover, Smith Post NCAA Runner-up Performances
June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior throwers Tim Glover and Brittany Smith finish as NCAA Division I Runner-up in their respective events, as the Redbird men's and women's track & field teams wrap-up action at historic Hayward Field for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon.
Glover earned his third-straight All-America honor, while Smith earned her fourth-straight runner-up finish at the outdoor championships and 10th All-America honor of her career.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde was proud of how Glover and Smith closed out their careers at Illinois State.
"Those two have been the stars of our program over the last four years," Forde said. "They had great careers and posted some great performances over the years and I couldn't be prouder for how they represented the University. We are really going to miss them as they move on with their prospective professional careers."
Smith opened the shot put competition with a throw of 56-04.75 (17.19m), which stood as the best throw of the flight one and qualified her for the finals. She fouled her first throw of finals, before tossing a season-best mark of 58-06.75 (17.85m), solidifying her second-place finish. She finished two feet ahead of third-place finisher and conference foe, Felisha Johnson of Indiana State.
"Brittany never won a major title in terms of nationals, but she has always stepped it up when it counts," Forde said. "She always enters the championships ranked low, but turns it on to post some of the top finishes in the nation. To finish second in two major events at the national meet is a testament to the type of athlete and competitor she is. She had a wonderful career at Illinois State and will go on to do some special things."
At the same time the shot put competition was going on, Glover was on the runway duking it out. The javelin throw field was stacked with the defending Olympic Trials champion, Sam Humphreys (Texas A&M), and Olympic Trials runner-up Sam Crouser (Oregon). However, the wind took the excitement out of the event, as the competitors were faced with a stiff, swirling wind.
Glover opened the event with a throw of 247-06 (75.44m), taking the top spot for a brief moment, before Humphreys opened with a toss of 253-07 (77.31m). That throw of Glover would be his best on the day and the toss by Humphreys was all he needed to win the event, but improved his mark to 255-09 (77.95m) to take home the title.
"We all would have liked to see Tim take home his third-straight title, but it was a rough one out there today," Forde said. "The conditions were tough on all the throwers and it was tough to make the necessary adjustments. Tim has had a great career over the past four years and will continue to do so with a professional career and I am very proud of how he performed as a Redbird. I know he will succeed in every aspect of his life in years to come."
This concludes the collegiate season for both teams. A few have hit standards to compete in the USA Outdoor Championships which will take place June 20-23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
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