Brewer Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Feb. 8, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Illinois State junior Rachael Brewer was named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athete of the Week. Valley Commissioner Doug Elgin made the announcement Friday, based on Brewers performance during the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 3.

Now in its 14th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

In her first 5,000-meter race of the season, Brewer toed the line against some of the nation's best runners at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame this past weekend. With an opening mile split of 5:17, Brewer showed her toughness, splitting the second mile in 5:20, before finishing the race with a personal-best time of 16:41.14 for fifth place. That time crushed her previous career-best time by 33 seconds (17:14.37), and ranks her No. 3 in the Redbird history book in the event.

She also moved herself to No. 20 on the national charts and ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference by over 19 seconds. The Tuscola, Ill., native also holds the No. 2 Valley spots in the mile and 3,000-meter run, with times of 4:50.19 and 9:44.72, respectively. She has now set new personal-best times in all three events she has competed in this season. The marketing major holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.63.

To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.

The Illinois State men's and No. 26-ranked women's track & field teams head to Grand Valley State for the GVSU Big Meet. The meet kicks off Friday, Feb. 8, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 9, in Allendale, Mich., at the Kelly Family Sports Center. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.