EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE track and field teams will travel to Charleston, Illinois, to compete in the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday.
The meet is set to start at 9 a.m. Friday at the Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse at Eastern Illinois.
SIUE Head Coach Scott Block is excited about where his team is at heading into the championships.
"The team could not be more ready for this meet," Block said. "The work has been put in since the start of the year, and all that is left is to execute."
SIUE has had success this season with numerous personal records and school records set. The Cougars are coming off a first-place overall finish for the men and a second-place finish for the women at the Marshall Invite Feb. 10.
O'Connor was part of the Distance Medley Relay team that set the SIUE school record (10:10.13). The DMR time also is tops in the OVC this season. He set a season and OVC season best time in the 800m (1:51.86).
Mitchell won the shot with a PR throw of 55-9.25. His mark is second in the OVC this year and ranks second all-time at SIUE.
Freshmen Nylo Clarke and DeVonte Tincher have had tremendous seasons thus far. They are tops in six events for SIUE heading into the championships. Clarke's 200m time of 21.73 is second in the OVC this season and his 400m time (48.76) is fourth in the OVC. Tincher holds the sixth-best long jump (23-4.5) and the fifth-best triple jump (45-7.25) in the OVC.
"Nylo and DeVonte were both big recruits who have lived up to the billing," Assistant Coach Joey Pacione said. "They are both eager to work on their weaknesses and have done great jobs for us this season."
On the women's side, Aly Goff has shined for the Cougars. At the Marshall Invite, Goff placed first while setting a PR (5:00.87) in the mile. Goff's time is second all-time for SIUE and sixth fastest in the OVC this season.
Senior thrower Lizzie Virgl has found her rhythm this year in the weight throw. Virgl's PR throw of 57-9.5 is second all-time for the Cougars and fourth in the OVC this season.
"We are all excited for the championships," Pacione added. "Our training is going very well, and we have a lot of athletes across the board looking to get into the top-three."