Tim Glover Semifinalist for Bowerman Award
June 18, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday that Illinois State junior javelin thrower Tim Glover is a semifinalist for the 2012 Bowerman Award, which is bestowed to the best male and female collegiate track & field athlete of that year.
Head track & field coach Elvis Forde thinks this is a tremendous honor for Glover and this university.
"It is truly something special to be one of the top-10 athletes in the nation to be considered for this award," Forde said. "When I look at the list, each one of those individuals has done something special, and Tim is no different. I am optimistic that he can make it past the first cut and be one of the top-three finalists for the award. This is just another true testament to his success over the past two years and a special honor that will be with him forever."
A two-time All-American, Glover is the two-time defending NCAA Division I National Champion in the javelin, claiming his second title just one week ago with a personal-best throw of 268-00 (81.69m). The fourth-round throw that solidified his title defense set a new Illinois State and Missouri Valley Conference record, and keeps him the No. 9 performer of all-time in the NCAA history books. His mark was also the third-best in meet history and the best since 2009.
His six-throw series at the championships consisted of every throw measuring over 235 feet, with two throws over 250 feet. Prior to the championships, Glover was the top-ranked thrower of the year in the collegiate ranks (266-09/81.31m), which he achieved at the Sea Ray Relays in April. In addition, the three-time MVC champion was picked by Track & Field News in mid-May to win the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at the end of June.
Most recently, Glover was named the 2012 NCAA Division I National Men's Field Athlete of the Year for outdoor track & field, which is voted on by the nation's head coaches. Prior to that, he was dubbed the Midwest Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year and the Missouri Valley Conference Most Outstanding Field Athlete.
Glover is the first Illinois State track & field athlete to be named a semi-finalist for the award and the first to represent the Valley. He, along with three other Redbirds, will travel to Eugene, Ore., this week to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials, June 20-July 2. Glover's Olympic quest begins June 23 at 2:30 p.m., as he will compete in the javelin qualifying round.
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