February 9, 2004
Records Continue to Fall
February 9, 2004|
Numerous SIUE indoor track and field records were broken last weekend at Illinois Wesleyan's Titan Open, bringing the season total to 17 records broken thus far.
Overall, the women's team won the meet with 145.16 points, well ahead of second-place Illinois Wesleyan who totaled 106 points. It is the first indoor team win for the Cougars since the 1999 season. The men's squad placed second in the meet.
Perhaps more important, the Cougars gained three NCAA provisional qualifying marks this weekend on the women's side. Jamie Thomas (Blue Island) provisionally qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.43 seconds. Breanne Steffens' (Moline) time of 2 minutes, 16.15 seconds put her on the qualifying list in the 800 meters. The Cougars' 4x400-meter relay team of Valerie Simmons (St. Louis), Jenny Jaquez (Aurora), Julia Scherer (Sumner) and Shevon Shegog (Anchorage, Alaska) also provisionally qualified with a time of 3:54.99. All qualifying times also broke the school record in the respective event. Thomas also broke the triple jump school record with a jump of 11.39 meters.
On the men's side, the distance medley relay team broke the school record with a time of 10:18.16. Making up the relay team were Ryan Boyll (Normal), Cody Ellermeyer (Duquoin), Richard Skirball (Granite City) and Brian Taghon (East Moline).
Both teams will try to continue their success when they travel to Lewis University Friday for the Lewis Invitational.
"We added this meet to our schedule for several reasons," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "First, it is one of the few meets that run the 200-meter hurdles, which will be run at the conference meet. Second, it will be good for the young athletes to get experience on the track, because it is where the GLVC Championships will be held."