Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Matthew Benes, Jr., Southern Illinois, Homer Glen, Ill.
Junior Matthew Benes led a strong contingent of Saluki sprinters at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold across several events. Benes ran anchor for the victorious men's 4x100 meter relay, which ran 41.66 to claim the title. Elsewhere, Benes finished fourth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.74, and posted a personal best in the 200 meter dash at 21.86 for sixth place.
Other Notable Performances: Chase Coffey, Bradley; Nathan Schreiber, Illinois State
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Tess Shubert, Sr., Southern Illinois, Coulterville, Ill.
Senior Tess Shubert started her final Saluki campaign off right with her third career win in the 400 meter hurdles, where she clocked the only sub-1:00 time at 59.92 seconds. Her time currently sits at 13th in the country, where less than one second separates positions seven through 13. Shubert was also part of the second-place women's 4x100 meter relay team, which missed out on victory by four tenths of a second at 46.72.
Other Notable Performances: Sarah McMahon, Bradley; Sade Sealy, Illinois State; Althia Maximillien, Missouri State
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Field Athletes of the Week
Tim Glover, Sr., Illinois State, Normal, Ill.
With much anticipation, the two-time defending NCAA National Champion and Bowerman Watch-List member and Tim Glover opened his senior campaign at the UCF Invite in Orlando, Fla., in dominating fashion. The Normal, Ill., native out-threw his competition in the javelin by over 69 feet, finishing the event in first place with a mark of 253-05 (77.24m). That mark ranks him No. 1 in the MVC and No. 2 in the nation so far this season. He also holds the No. 15 spot in the world, and is the No. 2 ranked American behind Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M.
J.C. Lambert, Sr., Southern Illinois, Harrisburg, Ill.
Senior J.C. Lambert broke the Missouri Valley record in the hammer throw at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold this past weekend en route to a win, throwing 67.09m (220-01) -- two feet better than the previous record of 218-04 set by Tom Barrett of Illinois State in 2000. Lambert's record-breaking throw also shattered the SIU record held by Mark Milleville by four feet, and the momentous launch was nearly eight feet better than his previous personal best in the hammer throw. Lambert, a four-time All-American, now owns two all-time Missouri Valley records (hammer and weight throw) to his name. In fact, Southern Illinois now owns all but two MVC men's throwing record (outdoor shot put and new javelin) and 10 of 14 between men's and women's competition. As it stands, Lambert's throw is currently second in the country, trailing Minnesota's Quentin Mege's top mark of 67.49m (221-05). Lambert also finished high in the shot put (sixth) and discus (third) events at the meet.
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Brittany Smith, Sr., Illinois State, Oak Park, Ill.
Just weeks after finishing her senior indoor campaign at the NCAA Championships, eight-time All-American Brittany Smith opened her outdoor campaign at the UCF Invite in Orlando, Fla. The senior entered the meet as one of the top returning throwers in the shot put and hammer. With little practice outside, the Oak Park, Ill., native mustered a throw of 209-07 (63.89m) in the hammer throw, finishing second by just 10 centimeters and claiming the No. 5 spot in the nation. If that wasn’t enough, she came back the next day to make a statement in the discus throw, finishing with a mark of 176-06 (53.80m) for first place. As a result, she ranks fourth in the nation in the event and No. 1 in the Valley in both the hammer and discus.
Kimsue Grant, Sr., Missouri State, Arlington, Va.
Kimsue Grant made a handful of stellar contributions for Missouri State at the Mississippi State Conference Challenge in Starkville, Miss. Grant earned second-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump with distances of 6.21 meters and 11.63 meters, respectively. As a result, Grant leads all MVC student-athletes in the long jump and is third in the triple jump. Grant also helped the Bears to school season-best times in the 4x100-meter (46.15) and 4x400-meter (3:49.25) relays.
Other Notable Performances:Kim Fortney, Southern Illinois