January 18, 2005

Cougars Off to Strong Start


January 18, 2005


        Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's and women's track and field teams, the defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champions, started things right where they left off last season with solid showings at the .
        "It was great getting back into the swing of things on a winning note," said SIUE women's track coach Ben Beyers.
        The two teams combined for 15 champions in all with eight going to the men's side and seven on the women's to start the indoor season.
        "We were very strong throughout the meet in almost all aspects," said Beyers.
        The men's 4x200 meter relay team, made up of Chris Wright (Richton Par), Kyle Rose (Kankakee), Jason Hall (Chicago), and Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis), set a new school record.
        Sophomore Anthony Weber (Marengo) set the school record in the pole vault at 4.57 meters.
        For the women, Callie Glover (Bartlett) set a school record in the 20-pound weight with a throw of 15.62 meters. The 1,600 meter relay team, made up of Valerie Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.), Jessica Levy (Des Plaines), Jenny Jaquez (Aurora), and Kimetha Williams (Bellevue, Neb.), provisionally qualified for the national meet and currently rank fifth in the country in that event with a time of 3:55.75.
        "We still have some improving to do to get to where we'd like to be by the end of the season," said Beyers. "We're certainly on our way after this type of start."
        The Cougars are back on the road this weekend traveling to Charleston for the Eastern Illinois University Mega Meet on Saturday.
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