Sophomore Tim Glover joined an elite group of Illinois State student-athletes, as Glover won the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the javelin with a mark of 263-06 Wednesday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The throw earned Glover All-America honors and set school and Missouri Valley Conference records. It also marks the farthest collegiate throw in the nation during the 2011 season.
The Normal, Ill., native joins Tom Smith and ISU Athletics Percy Family Hall of Famer Christian Goy as the only three ISU track and field student-athletes to win NCAA national championships. Smith was a back-to-back outdoor champion in the high jump during the 1987 and 1988 season, while Goy was the indoor mile champion in 2002. Glover is the sixth ISU athlete to win a national title and this is the seventh title all-time for the Redbirds.
Head track and field coach Elvis Forde credits Glover’s continued success to his determination and strong will.
“Tim believed that he was going to be successful and win the national championship,” said Forde. “When you believe something as much as Tim did, there is no reason it can’t be done. He put his mind to it, worked hard and accomplished his goal. I am excited for Tim and Coach (Erik) Whitsitt, who has coached Tim during his time at ISU. Not many people come in to the championships and leave a champion. Everyone is extremely happy for him, and the support that he got from the crowd and his parents was great. It was a truly amazing experience. “
In his first throw of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Glover recorded a heave of 263-06 to best his previous school and conference records, along with the best throw in the nation, which he set at the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a mark of 259-09. Glover fouled on his second attempt and had a mark of 242-09 in his third attempt. The field was broken into two flights with the top-nine throws advancing to the final round.
As for the first throw that clinched the national championships, Glover didn’t feel anything special.
“It felt like the throw at conference when I recorded the best throw in the nation,” said Glover. “Once it landed, I knew it was really far out there. I didn’t think it was as far as the mark read, but once I saw the mark, it was a great feeling. There were three guys ahead of me at the end, and I just kept thinking ‘only two more to go’ and ‘only one more to go’.”
In the finals, Glover recorded a first-throw attempt of 244-04 followed by marks of 235-10. With the championship sealed, Glover decided to throw his sixth and final attempt in an effort to beat his first throw. His final attempt in the final fell at 240-03.
Glover felt great at the end of the meet, knowing that he reached his goal.
“They had me predicted to finish fifth,” said Glover. “So to come in to the championship and prove everyone wrong was an awesome feeling. This feels great.”
Glover, a two-time MVC champion in the javelin, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second-straight season. Glover finished fifth in the javelin competition with a throw of 240-05 at the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round in Eugene, Ore., to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.
“This is great,” said Glover. “This is so great.”
Leigh Petranoff will be in action Thursday, June 9, at 3:05 p.m., in the women’s javelin trials and finals.
article courtesy ISU Sports Information