Glover, Praught Close Competition at 2012 Olympic Trials
June 25, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Illinois State track & field athletes Tim Glover and Aisha Praught finish competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field Monday evening. Praught ran a 9:55.78 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semi-finals, while Glover threw 250-00 in the javelin final, taking sixth overall.
Praught kicked things off for the Redbirds in the steeplechase semi-finals. In the second of two heats, Praught needed to finish in the top-five of her heat or run the fourth-fastest time of the non-10 automatic qualifiers. She ran with the lead pack for the first five laps, before falling slightly off pace. After a rough two months faced with some setbacks, Praught put together another solid race, ending her career at Illinois State on a high note, running just four seconds off her personal-best time of 9:51.30. She will continue her career post-collegiately, as she has recently signed with an agent.
Glover entered the javelin trials and finals as the No. 1 qualifier from the preliminary round. Down to his last throw of the trials sitting in eighth place, Glover mustered a throw of 250-00 to move into fifth place and move into the finals to get three more throws. He failed to better that mark, finishing in sixth place overall.
According to U.S.A. Track & Field rules, Glover would have had to thrown the Olympic A standard (269-00/82.00m) this evening in order to advance to London. He will not represent the U.S.A. in London, however, he will rep the country at the Under-23 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships in Mexico July 4-9.
The Redbirds will be at rest the next few days as the meet breaks for two days. Brittany Smith will be the next to compete in the shot put qualifying round June 28. Those wishing to follow Smith can do so on GoRedbirds.com or Twitter via @ISURedbirds or @ISU_Track_XC.
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