Jensen Earns Athlete of the Week Honors
Dec. 18, 2013
ST. LOUIS—The Missouri Valley Conference named senior thrower Curt Jensen Male Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Early Bird Invite Dec. 6 at Eastern Illinois.
Jensen shattered the MVC, Illinois State and Eastern Illinois facility shot put records at EIU with a heave of 66-07 (20.29m). It broke the former, nearly 20-year old, Valley record of 62-09.75 set by John Smith of Southern Illinois in 1984.
The senior continued to throw farther with each toss, notching his record-breaking mark on the final heave. The throw surpassed second-place finisher, Chris Fields of Indiana State, by almost 10 feet and currently stands as the best collegiate shot put toss in the nation. Prior to Jensen’s remarkable throw, the Colona, Ill., native tossed a personal-best mark of 61-09.00 (18.82m) in the weight throw to finish third.
The Redbirds continue action Jan. 17, when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to take on Indiana State.
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