Tim Glover Semifinalist for Bowerman Award
Tim Glover

Tim Glover

June 18, 2012

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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.
The 2012 Men's Bowerman Semifinalists:

Name Year School Events Hometown
Donn Cabral SR Princeton Distance Glastonbury, Conn.
Jordan Clarke RS JR Arizona State Throws Anchorage, Alaska
Tim Glover JR Illinois State Javelin Normal, Ill.
Charles Jock SR UC Irvine Mid-Distance San Diego, Calif.
Erik Kynard JR Kansas State Jumps Toledo, Ohio
Cam Levins SR Southern Utah Distance Black Creek, B.C.
Tony McQuay JR Florida Sprints Riviera Beach, Fla.
Maurice Mitchell SR Florida State Sprints Kansas City, Mo.
Andrew Riley SR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica
Alexander Ziegler JR Virginia Tech Throws Dischingen, Germany

The Bowerman debuted in 2009 and is presented annually by the USTFCCCA. It is named for the legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach, Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track & field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track & field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

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