Redbirds Take Three-of-Four Valley Honors

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.

Tim Glover and Brittany Smith garnered their second Male and Female Field Athlete of the Week honors, while Sade Sealy earned her first Female Track Athlete of the Week accolade.

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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