Picking up right where it left off from its successful indoor season, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville track and field team had four provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Division II Championships.
The Cougars used a steady stream of top-notch performances at the opening meet of the outdoor season, the Gatorade Classic, hosted by Southeast Missouri State University.
Tairisha Sawyer's (Chicago) 200-meter dash time of 24.74 seconds broke the school record and placed her name of the provisional-qualifying list.
Breanne Steffens (Moline) broke a school record and qualified for nationals in the 1,500-meter run after finishing the event in 4 minutes, 36.80 seconds.
Jamie Thomas (Blue Island), a two-event qualifier for nationals during the indoor season, broke a school record and provisionally-qualified in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.64.
Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:28.05. She advanced to the national finals in the same event last season.
Callie Glover (Bartlett) also provisionally qualified in the shot put with a throw of 13.52 meters. Glover qualified at the Washington University Invitational on Saturday.
Although the men's team did not have any qualifiers, a few were close and will be expected to do so as the season progresses.
Provisional qualifying times place individuals on a national performance list by event. Only the top performers in the nation advance to the NCAA Championships.
SIUE will now look toward its own Cougar Classic on Saturday at Korte Stadium. Field events will begin at 9 a.m. with the running events taking off at 10 a.m.