EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois State’s Tim Glover had his bid for a third straight NCAA javelin title come up short Saturday, placing second to Texas A&M’s Sam Humphreys amid strong winds at Hayward Field.
“I just like to look at each meet individually,” Glover said after earning his third All-America honor with a top throw of 247 feet, 6 inches. “I don’t like to look as though I had to defend my championships.”
Humphreys, who topped qualifying at 268-8, posted a winning throw of 255-9.
“I know what type of thrower he is, so I was trying to put the pressure on him,” said Glover. “He knows what he’s doing and he’s familiar with this place. I’m happy for him because he told me he was gunning for this one.”
The Redbirds’ Brittany Smith notched her second runner-up finish of the week, coming in second in the shot put behind Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks. Smith took second in the hammer throw Wednesday.
“Actually, I am very pleased with how the shot put went. I wasn’t even expected to finish in top 3,” said Smith, whose throw of 58-6¾ held off all challengers except Brooks at 62-½. “I had probably my furthest opener.”
Glover, who was competing with new javelins, said he struggled to make the appropriate adjustments in the blustery conditions.
“I just couldn’t figure out the angles. Some were too low; my farthest was on a very low,” he said. “Others I got them up too high and the wind knocked them down. It was just swirling; it might be the strongest we’ve thrown in out here in Oregon.”
Glover, a University High graduate, looked back on his stellar Redbirds career with pride.
“Finishing 12th as a freshman, I didn’t know what I was getting into at the time,” he said. “My first title as a sophomore was the most memorable at Drake; that was probably my favorite.
“Junior year, defending it was definitely sweet getting back to back. I’m happy with the career I’ve had at ISU.”
Smith offered similar sentiments while reflecting on how far she’s come in her four years.
“Coming in as a freshman I wasn’t expected to do much,” she said. “Over the years I’ve realized what it takes to be among the best and I realized that I could make it.”
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