Glover, 4X400-Meter Relay Excel Friday at Drake Relays
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April 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Tim Glover wins his first title and the women's 4X400-meter relay breaks the school record, as the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams wrap up action at Drake Stadium Friday evening at the 104th Drake Relays.
Glover, the two-time defending NCAA champion, was the heavy favorite in the event, after winning the NCAA title at Drake Stadium a year ago. The senior opened the competition with a throw of 233-08 (71.24m), before bettering that mark on his second attempt to 239-04 (72.94m). That mark would stand as his best on the day, winning the Drake Relays title by 10 feet. En route to his title, Glover had two throws over 236-00 (72.00m), and still holds the No. 2 mark in the college ranks this season.
"Tim set the bar high early in the day with his first-ever Drake Relays title," assistant track & field coach Jeff Bovee said. "He battled tough winds, but competed hard. He is not quite where he was at last year, but is progressing nicely this season as we head into conference action in two weeks."
Moments after Glover wrapped up his javelin competition, the women's 4X400-meter relay took to the track for their preliminary heat. With the heat winners and the next four-fastest times advancing to tomorrow's final, the squad of Printassia Johnson, Shandel Ellis, Kristen Zillmer and Sade Sealy ran the fourth-fastest time on the day to make it in. Their time of 3:39.96 broke the Illinois State record set back in 2004 by one second.
Johnson started the relay with a 55.8 split, before handing the baton off to Ellis, who then split 55.5. Then it was Zillmer's turn with the stick, running a 400-meter time of 55.7, before a strong 52.7 anchor leg by Sealy put the Redbirds in a position to do something special tomorrow.
"The women's relay came to compete today," Bovee said. "The crew knew what needed to be done, and they went out and did it. Each leg was strong, and that is what needs to happen when you go after school records and Drake Relays titles. They should be ready to roll tomorrow in the final."
Brittany Smith was the only other Redbird to compete at the Drake Relays today, as she took on both the shot put and discus competitions. Smith had a rough morning in the shot put, failing to record a mark. However, she bounced back in the discus, throwing herself to a seventh-place finish with a mark of 164-04 (50.10m).
Back in Illinois, the rest of the men's and women's teams that didn't travel to Drake competed in the Benedictine Twilight Invitational. CJ Hamilton won the 800-meter run, posting a career-best time of 1:52.62. Antonio Farley followed suit in the 400-meter dash, winning the event with a personal-best time of 48.21. Javar Cruz also got in on the action, running a career-time of 54.45 in the 400-meter hurdles.
ISU is back in action early Saturday morning for the final day of the Drake Relays. Smith will get things rolling for the Redbirds in the hammer throw at 9 a.m., before the women's sprint medley takes to the track at 9:47 a.m. Elise Sigg will follow in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:25 a.m., while Akil Mills will throw the hammer at 12:15 p.m. The women's distance medley relay will compete at 1:42 p.m., before the 4X400-meter relay returns to the track for the women's final at 4:42 p.m.
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