Friday, Dec. 8th, 2017
SEMO North Student Rec Center
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE track and field teams open up their seasons Friday at Southeast Missouri for a dual invite against the Redhawks.
"We have been training for 15 weeks in preparation for this competition," Head Coach Scott Block said. "It is a benchmark of where we are at and gives us an opportunity to see how we have progressed and what we still need to work on."
The men have eight seniors returning, including Martinus Mitchell who placed fourth in the shot put at the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships. Mitchell finished first in the discus at the 2017 OVC Outdoor Championships. Matt O'Connor returns for the Cougars after breaking the 800-meter school record during the 2017 outdoor season. O'Connor placed third in the 800m at the 2017 OVC Indoor Championships.
Senior Brittney Gibbs returns for the women along with seven other seniors. Gibbs placed fifth in the triple jump at the 2017 OVC Indoor Championships. Senior Haley Miller looks for continued success after finishing seventh at the 2017 OVC Indoor Championships in the mile run.
There are seven newcomers for the men's side which includes Collin Brown (sprints), Nylo Clarke (sprints), Liam O'Connell (distance), Joseph Stone (distance), DeVonte Tincher (sprints/jumps) and Justin White (jumps). Kassidy Dexheimer (distance) is the only newcomer for the women.
The field events start at 3 p.m. with the running events set to begin at 6 p.m.