February 27, 2006|
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's track and field team won its third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championship last weekend.
The Cougars finished with 215 points, 36 points ahead of second place Indianapolis.
"I was very pleased with how women's team really rose to the challenge this weekend," said SIUE women's track and field coach Ben Beyers. "We knew it would be a tough meet, and it certainly was."
Beyers was named GLVC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Deserea Brown (Flossmoor) won the 400 meters, setting a new school record with a time of 56.56. Brown was named GLVC Freshman of the Year.
Christine Butler (Matteson) won the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 8.5 inches (5.70 meters), and finishing first in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 0.5 inches (11.90 meters). Butler set new school records in both events.
"Christine had the best meet of her college career," said Beyers. "That is a big statement for a two-time All-American, but it is certainly true."
Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) finished first in the 55-meter dash (7.22) and the 200 meters (25.23).
"She has matured into a consistent big-meet performer that will step up whenever called upon," said Beyers.
Valerie Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.) won the 55-meter hurdles with a mark of 8.36, while placing second in the 200-meter hurdles (28.27). Simmons set a school record in the 200-meter hurdles.
"Val continues to be our all-around conference star," said Beyers. Lindsey DeFevers (Virden) set a new school record in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 2.50 inches (14.39 meters).
"Lindsey had another strong meet in the shot put," said Astrauskas. "She has been consistent all year."
Callie Glover (Bartlett) notched a new school record, placing first in the weight throw with a mark of 57 feet, 17.52 niches (17.52 meters).
"Throughout Callie's career she has always had big performances in big meets at the end of the year," said Astrauskas. "Callie won the conference meet and broke her own school record on the first throw of the meet."