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Harvey Sets School Record at Gladstein Invitational

Julian Harvey
Julian Harvey

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior Julian Harvey of SIUE men's track and field claimed sole possession of the high jump record at the Gladstein Invitational Saturday.

Harvey cleared 7 feet, 0.25 inches to break his own record from a season ago, which he shared with Kevin Dooley at 6-11.75.

Harvey also set a personal best in the triple jump at 49-10, good enough for second place.

"Julian showed up in a big way this weekend," said Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "His experience and competitiveness took over and he had an incredible weekend. He's been gunning for that 7-foot barrier for a few years and it's great to see him do it."

Sophomore Martinus Mitchell moved into the top spot in the Ohio Valley Conference in the shot put with his throw of 52-10.75, placing him fifth.

Freshman Nick Matthews placed ninth in the weight-throw with a toss of 54-8.75, the second-best mark in the OVC this season.

On the women's side, Claire Nolan threw the second-best mark in the OVC so far this season in the shot put with her toss of 45-5, placing her ninth.

Several other Cougars set personal bests during the meet, including Derek Drew who won his heat in the 400 meters and placed sixth overall with a time of 49.27 seconds. Keith Meyer continues to be strong in the distance events, placing fourth in the 5000 meters with a personal best time of 14:40.90.

 Jessy Glaub placed fifth in the 600 meters with a personal best time of 1:23.10. Matt O'Connor raced a personal best in the 400 meters, shattering his previous time and completing the lap in 1:53.89. Bobby Kaluza ran the 60 meters in a personal best 7.53.

For the women, Megan Lauzon added to the success of the throwing squad, recording a personal best in the shot put along with Nolan.  She threw a mark of 44-8.75 to finish tenth.

Jessica Oranika ran her best 600 meter race with a time of 1:33.04, finishing in second.

Erin Kennedy ran her best in the 5000 meters, completing the 5K in 18:08.76.

At the John Craft Invite hosted by EIU, Conradette King finished tenth in the mile with a personal best of 5:20.76. Haley Miller and Allie Sweatt both recorded their best times in the 3000 meters. Miller finished seventh with a time of 10:53.89 while Sweatt finished ninth with a time of 10:59.66. Freshman Catherine Jakich threw her best mark as a Cougar in the weight throw with a toss of 38-3.5.

"This weekend was a great example of what we train for," said Block. "The level of competition at this meet brought up the level of performance across the board. The team fed off each other's performances and came through in the clutch."

SIUE men's and women's track and field continues the indoor season with the annual dual meet with Southeast Missouri Jan. 29 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.