Glover Set to Compete at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships

June 23, 2011

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State sophomore Tim Glover, the 2011 NCAA Division I National Champion in the javelin, looks to continue his success this year at the 2011 USA Track and Field Championships, June 23-26, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Glover will compete against the nation's top athletes in the men's javelin trials and finals, scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PST, Friday, June 24. Athletes competing in the championships earned his or her spot by qualifying at a United States of America Track and Field sanctioned event.

Head track and field coach Elvis Forde maintains excitement and optimism for Glover to perform well.

"It has been a long time since Illinois State has been represented at the USA Championships," said Forde. "Not since my time here have we had an athlete participate. It is exciting to know that we have one of our own competing, wearing our school's uniform. I am optimistic for Tim to do well and have a chance at making the national team. Tim left yesterday excited and confident for the competition, after receiving a new javelin. He took practice throws yesterday with it for the first time and felt very comfortable. It should give him an edge with an extra six feet or so on his toss. It will be exciting to see just how well he does."

The Normal, Ill., native and two-time MVC champion in the javelin, won the NCAA title June 8, with a throw of 263-06, setting a school and Missouri Valley Conference record. It marked the farthest collegiate throw in the nation during the 2011 season, earning him All-America honors.

He is one of three Illinois State track and field student-athletes to win a NCAA national championship and the sixth ISU athlete to win one. GoRedbirds.com: Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.