Redbirds Take Three-of-Four Valley Honors
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April 23, 2013
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Valley Conference named three Illinois State track & field Athletes of the Week, for their performances in front of a hometown crowd at the Redbird Track & Field Complex this past weekend.
Not quite the warm weather a sprinter hopes for, but that didn't stop Sealy from running a season-best en route to winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes at the Redbird Spring Invite Saturday afternoon. The senior sprinted herself to a time of 53.59 in the 400-meter dash, winning the event by 2.29 seconds, only to double-back and win the 200-meter dash by .07 seconds, running a time of 24.75. Her 400-meter dash time ranks her 43rd in the nation and first in the Valley by .67 seconds. She is undefeated at the 400-meter distance this year against collegians, only losing one race to a professional sprinter Mary Wineberg of NYAC at the UCF Invite (March 23).
In just his second meet of the outdoor season, Glover out-threw his competition in the javelin by more than 60 feet in front of a hometown crowd, who lined the fences to watch him throw at the Redbird Spring Invite at the Redbird Track & Field Complex. The two-time defending national champion in the event, Glover threw a mark of 246-02 (75.03m), breaking his previous facility record set last season and winning the competition by 61 feet, 10 inches to runner-up David Johansson (184-04 / 56.19m) of Eastern Illinois. The Normal, Ill., native still ranks No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Valley, as the mark he threw would have ranked sixth, had he not had a better mark from earlier in the season. The No. 9 performer all-time in the NCAA is now two-for-two in wins and facility records, as he broke the UCF Track & Field Complex record in his season debut.
For the second-straight week, senior thrower Smith won all three events she competed in, this time at the Redbird Spring Invite at the Redbird Track & Field Complex. Smith opened the day in the hammer throw, throwing 198-07 (60.52m), winning the event by 36 feet, one inch. She followed in the shot put, throwing a season-best mark of 56-03.25 (17.15m), winning that event by over 11 feet and moving her to No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the Valley. If that wasn't enough, Smith hit for the trifecta, throwing 166-08 (50.79m) in the discus, to win that by 32 feet, nine inches. The Oak Park, Ill., native has won seven of the eight events she has started this season, and a perfect seven of her last seven.
The senior trio, along with a select few other members of the Redbird track & field teams are back in action this weekend, as they compete in the 104th-running of the Drake Relays. The rest of the squads will travel north to Benedictine, Friday, April 26, for the Twilight Invitational.
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