Glover, Smith Named Valley Field Athletes of the Week

March 27, 2013

ST. LOUIS - After the first week of competition this outdoor season, seniors Tim Glover and Brittany Smith were named the Missouri Valley Conference Male and Female Field Athletes of the Week, as announced by the league office Wednesday.

With much anticipation, Glover opened his senior campaign at the UCF Invite in Orlando, Fla., in dominating fashion. The two-time defending NCAA National Champion and Bowerman Watch-List member out-threw his competition in the javelin by over 69 feet, finishing the event in first place with a mark of 253-07 (77.24m). That mark ranks him No. 1 in the MVC and No. 2 in the nation so far this season. The Normal, Ill., native also holds the No. 15 spot in the world, and is the No. 2 ranked American behind Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M.

Smith also opened her outdoor senior campaign at the UCF Invite, just weeks after finishing her indoor season at the NCAA Championships. The eight-time All-American entered the meet as one of the top-returning throwers in the shot put and hammer. With little practice outside, the Oak Park, Ill., native mustered a throw of 209-07 (63.89m) in the hammer throw, finishing second by just 10 centimeters and claiming the No. 5 spot in the nation. If that wasn't enough, she came back the next day to make a statement in the discus throw, finishing with a mark of 176-06 (53.80m) for first place. As a result, she ranks fourth in the nation in the event and No. 1 in the Valley in both the hammer and discus.

Glover and Smith will not compete this weekend, as part of the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams head to Carbondale, Ill., for the Bill Cornell Spring Classic. The other part of the team, the women's distance crew, heads to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational.

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