It was a big weekend in Sacramento, California at the USA Track and Field Championships. A handful of former Redbird standouts performed exceptionally in their respective events.
The USATF Championships brought some of the nation’s best athletes to California, while also serving as the last stop on the USATF Championships Series. Director and head coach of ISU’s track program, Jeff Bovee, was impressed with the athletes and their exceptional showing.
“It was a huge weekend for our former Redbirds at USAs.” Bovee said. “We had no less than four recent graduates place in the top four. If it was an Olympic year, we would’ve had not only two Olympians, but two alternates as well.”
Former All-American javelin thrower Leigh Petranoff clinched a third-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 57.80 meters (189-7). Also placing in the top three on the men’s side was two-time NCAA champion and All-American Tim Glover. Glover tossed a best mark of 78.87 meters (258-9) on his second attempt, propelling him to a spot on the podium.
On the track, former distance star and current Nike affiliate Aisha Praught had an incredible day with a fourth-place finish and a personal-best performance. Praught cruised to an impressive time of 9:34.69 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, chasing New Balance’s Emma Coburn who won with an outstanding time of 9:19.72.
Redbird All-American Brittany Smith had a busy but successful outing in Sacramento as she competed in both the shot put and hammer throw. Smith was able to chalk up a couple top-ten finishes, but saw the most success in the hammer throw, where she placed fourth with a throw of 69.31 meters (227-4). In the shot put, Smith had a solid throw of 17.26 meters (56-07.50), which was good enough for sixth place.
ISU’s most recent graduate and All-American Curt Jensen also contended in the shot put. A best mark of 19.59 meters (64-03.75) was enough to earn a 10th place finish.