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Illinois State University
Glover, Praught close competition at 2012 Olympic Trials

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[June 27, 2012]  EUGENE, Ore -- Illinois State track & field athletes Tim Glover and Aisha Praught finished competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field on Monday evening. Praught ran a 9:55.78 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals, while Glover threw 250 feet in the javelin final, taking sixth overall.

Praught kicked things off for the Redbirds in the steeplechase semifinals. In the second of two heats, Praught needed to finish in the top five of her heat or run the fourth-fastest time of the10 non-automatic qualifiers. She ran with the lead pack for the first five laps, before falling slightly off pace. After facing a rough two months 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 and sitting in eighth place, Glover mustered a throw of 250 to move into fifth place and 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 throw the Olympic A standard (269 feet or 82 meters) in order to advance to London. He will not represent the U.S. in London; however, he will represent the country at the Under-23 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships in Mexico July 4-9.

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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 on Thursday. Those wishing to follow Smith can do so on or Twitter via @ISURedbirds or @ISU_Track_XC.

[Text from news release received from D.J. Haurin, graduate assistant, athletics communications, Illinois State University]

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