Smith Earns First Valley Athlete of the Week Honor for Redbirds
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Jan. 15, 2013
ST. LOUIS - For her Illinois State record-breaking performance in early December, and her success in the field last weekend at the annual Coughlan-Malloy Cup Series dual meet against Indiana State, senior thrower Brittany Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week by the league office Tuesday.
En route to this weekly honor, the six-time All-American kicked-off the 2012-13 indoor track & field season in record-setting fashion. On her first attempt of the weight throw competition at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8), Smith launched the implement a staggering 70-07.00 (21.51m), one foot, three inches further than her previous career- and school-record mark of 69-04.00 (21.13m), claiming first on the day. She later followed with another first-place finish in the shot put, with a mark of 54-06.00 (16.61m), the furthest season-opener of her career. Those marks rank her second in the nation in the weight throw, and eighth in the nation in the shot put, while holding the No. 2 spot in the Valley in both events.
This past weekend at the annual dual meet against Indiana State, Smith took on the Sycamores' Felisha Johnson, who holds the No. 1 collegiate throws this season in both the weight throw (75-03.25 / 22.94m) and shot put (57-03.75 / 17.47m), respectively. In the weight throw, Smith took the top spot on the day, throwing 69-09.75 (21.28m), two feet, four and one-half inches further than that of Johnson (67-05.25 / 20.55m). However, it was Johnson who came out on top in the shot put, throwing 55-11.25 (17.05m), compared to Smith's toss of 52-06.50 (16.01m).
The two-time NCAA Division I Runner-up and the rest of the men's and women's track & field teams head to Madison, Wis., this weekend for the Wisconsin Elite Invitational Jan. 18-19. Fans can follow the live action on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC.
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