Jensen Captures All-American Honors at NCAA's
Kristen Zillmer photo by Rick Morgan
Kristen Zillmer photo by Rick Morgan

June 12, 2014

EUGENE, Ore.--Curt Jensen earns All-American honors, finishing eighth at the 2014 Outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships in the men's shot put with a best mark of 19.49 meters (63-11.50).

After his first two attempts, Jensen sat in 17th-place. The senior thrower launched a mark of 63-11.50 on his third attempt to move into seventh-place on the leaderboard, solidifying a spot in the final round. However, Jensen did not better that mark in his final three attempts to finish in eighth.

"Curt had the big throw in the preliminary round to get in the final," head track and field coach Jeff Bovee said. "I think he saw the urgency that he needed to have a big throw. He had a much better series in the final. He wasn't able to make it into the top-four or five, but he capped off a fantastic senior year." 

This season alone, Jensen captured 15 top-five finishes in three different events, including three-consecutive first-place finishes in the shot put, two of which broke the Missouri Valley Conference and Illinois State shot put records. Jensen currently holds both records with a best-mark of 20.33 meters (66-08.50) at the Redbird Invite.

Heading into the meet ranked No. 24 and in her first appearance at Hayward Field, Jianna Williams finished 19th overall in the women's hammer throw. Williams launched a mark of 57.22 meters (187-09) on her first attempt, but could not further her mark, as she did not make it past the preliminary round.

"Jianna was the big story to qualify for NCAA championships with a big throw in Fayetteville," Bovee said. "She moved up five spots at the meet, which is a testament to her work ethic, and we are really proud of her."



Williams finished her outdoor season with six top-10 finishes, including three first-place finishes. She notched her first Valley title in the hammer throw with a career-best mark of 57.74 meters (189-05) 

On the track, Kristen Zillmer ran to a time of 10:42.86 to finish 23rd overall. Zillmer concluded her senior season with two All-Valley titles, including a first-place finish in the steeplechase. The senior earned a career-best steeplechase time of 10:04.51 at the 2013 NCAA West regional meet and finished with a season-best steeplechase time of 10:10.72 at the Valley championships.  

"Zillmer was right in the top-five position for first half of race, and on lap five, the group got away from her," Bovee said. "From then, the race got away from her. When she lost contact, she kept sliding back and continued to fall behind and could not get back in it. However, she has had a phenomenal career here at ISU, going to back-to-back NCAA's is a testament to her work ethic, mental toughness and passion for sport. We are really going to miss her." Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.