Bourke Named MVC Field Athlete of the Week

ST. LOUIS – Following outstanding performances at Saturday’s Notre Dame Invitational, Illinois State freshman thrower Julia Bourke was named the MVC Field Athlete of the Week, announced the league Tuesday.

Bourke receives this honor after cracking Illinois State’s top-10 list in two events this past weekend: shot put and weight throw. In shot put, she finished third overall with a throw of 14.84m (48-08.25). Not only is this mark good for seventh all-time in ISU history, but is the top distance in the Valley.

In weight throw, Bourke launched a heave of 17.45m (57-03.00) to capture the eighth-farthest distance in Illinois State history. She becomes the first Redbird thrower to make ISU’s top-10 list in weight throw since Jianna Williams did in 2015, and is currently ranked seventh in the MVC.

The Redbird men’s and women’s track and field teams will be back in action this week, when they travel to two different meets. The high jump and multi-athletes will take part in the Jack Jennett Open, hosted by Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Jan. 25-26. The remainder of the squad will compete in the Illini Classic in Champaign, Illinois, on Jan. 27.

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