Smith Earns Second-Straight Valley Athlete of the Week Honor
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Jan. 23, 2013
ST. LOUIS - For the second-straight week, Illinois State senior thrower Brittany Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week by the league office Wednesday.
After an Illinois State record-breaking performance of 70-07.00 (21.51m) in the weight throw at the season-opener to earn her first conference distinction, the two-time NCAA Division I runner-up threw together another outstanding series at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (Jan. 19). The six-time All-American had four throws over 65-00.00 (19.81m), finishing the event in first place with a mark of 68-02.25 (20.78m), one-foot, nine and one-quarter inches further than second-place finisher Taylor Smith of Wisconsin. This series in the weight throw holds true to where Smith left off last season, finishing third at the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Smith also posted two third-place finishes at the meet, the first in a Friday night discus throw invitational, where she mustered a throw of 162-07 (49.56m) without any proper training for the event indoor. She then followed that up on Saturday with a 52-11.50 (16.14m) effort in the shot put for third place. She still ranks No. 2 in the nation in the weight throw, as well as No. 9 in the nation in the shot put. She holds the No. 2 spot in both events in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Smith and the rest of the men's and No.26-ranked women's track & field teams stay in Normal, Ill., this weekend, as the teams host the Redbird Invite, its last home meet of the season. Fans can follow the live action on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISU_Track_XC.
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