Petranoff Closes Olympic Trials for Redbirds in 8th Place

July 1, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. - Illinois State alum Leigh Petranoff finishes her career in a Redbird uniform on a high note, throwing a career-best 175-10 in the javelin, finishing eighth overall at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. She was the third Redbird to make it to the finals of the four that were competing.

Petranoff was the 11th competitor in rotation to throw and opened the trials round with a mark of 157-08. She improved on her second throw to 168-03, before unleashing a personal-best toss of 175-10 to clinch the eighth and final spot of the preliminary round, solidifying her spot into the finals. She failed to better that mark in the finals and took eighth overall.

The Redbirds conclude the trials with three Redbirds making it to the final round of their respective event. Tim Glover claimed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 250-00, while Brittany Smith made it to the finals in the shot put, where she took 10th with a mark of 54-06.00. Aisha Praught was the only other Illinois State student-athlete competing in the trials, finishing the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 16th place, after running the second-fastest time of her career (9:55.78).

Glover and Smith will continue their season, as they were selected to represent the United States at the Under 23 North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships July 6-8 in Mexico. Glover will throw the javelin, while Smith will partake in the hammer competition. Those wishing to follow these two in Mexico can do so on GoRedbirds.com or on Twitter via @ISURedbirds and @ISU_Track_XC.

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