|Glover, Smith hit top marks at Sea Ray Relays Invite|
|Written by Ashley Schrader, Daily Vidette Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 15 April 2012 11:23|
For the first time in ISU track and field history, two Redbirds won the Tony Wilson Award for the most outstanding male and female field athletes at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., this past weekend.
ISU javelin thrower Tim Glover and shot putter and discus thrower Brittany Smith won the prestigious awards among the strong field of competition in addition to hitting marks that put them in the top-spot in the nation in their respective events.
“You can continue to use as many superlatives as you want to describe [Glover and Smith],” ISU track and field head coach Elvis Forde said. “They both continue to amaze me each week.”
Glover set a new ISU, Missouri Valley Conference, and meet record with a personal-best throw of 266’09.” The toss was 3’3” further than his national championship throw last season and 51-feet further than his competitors.
Also, his mark was only 70 centimeters off the Olympic A standard, which would qualify him to the 2012 London Olympics.
“For Tim to break his mark from last year’s national championships this early shows how hard he has been working to have things start to fall into place,” Forde said.
Smith moved to first place on the NCAA Division I best-list in the shot put with a toss of 58’09.5,” while also earning a career-best in the discus (180’11”).
“As for Brittany, this was a big step for her to take over the top spot in both the nation and the conference, showing that she is just as good as anyone else in the event,” Forde said.
Also earning top-performances in the field was Akil Mills (196’) and Curt Jensen (184’10”), who earned a career-best in the men’s hammer throw. For the women, Leigh Petranoff won the javelin throw with a toss of 160’01,” 20 feet further than the second-place throw.
On the track, Sade Sealy (54.06 seconds) won the women’s 400-meter dash, while also helping the 4x400-meter relay team of Alia McAfee, Shandel Ellis, and Printassia Johnson to a first-place showing, clocking 3:42.54.
Johnson also took fifth place in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 12:35 seconds.
The men’s 4x800-meter relay team of Fabian Norgrove, Steven Regan, Tyler Rippel, and Wade Reeves took second with a time of 7:49.14.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Coty Kramer, Norgrove, Tyler Knight, and Drake Steudemann took seventh place with a time of 3:15.77.
“As a whole, the team made some good strides and the effort was there,” Forde said. “We just need to carry it through next week and continue to get better before the conference meet.”
The Redbirds will split to compete in the Mt. Sac Relays Thursday in California and at the Lenny Lyles Invitational Friday in Louisville, Ky.