January 31, 2005

Cougars Improve Qualifying Marks


Weeden
Lee Weeden

January 31, 2005


        Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's and women's track and field teams will split up to the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open and the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale this weekend. That move comes after the Cougars picked up more NCAA provisional qualifiers over the weekend at the Illinois State Redbird Invitational on Saturday.
        "All in all we had another successful weekend, we need to continue to stay focused and work hard at practice," said SIUE Men's Track and Field coach David Astrauskas.
        The Cougars had only six performers at the indoor event. Senior Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) broke the school record in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 17.90 meters (58-08.75 feet). He finished second in the event and the throw, the fourth longest in the nation, improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
        "Lee again had another big performance," said Astrauskas. "One of our goals before the season started was to break the SIUE school record."
        On the women's side, Holly Noller (Pawnee) provisionally qualified for the national championships in the shot put with a throw of 13.44 meters (44-01.25 feet). Noller's throw was the longest for SIUE this season.
        "Holly is a great competitor who was very determined to have a good performance this past weekend," said Astrauskas. "Holly has come a long way from the ACL tear that she suffered at the outdoor conference meet last season."
        Senior Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio) finished first in the mile, setting a season-best time of 5 minutes, 14.81 seconds in the event.
                -siue cougars-
Noller
Holly Noller