SIUE Track and Field to Compete in SIU Don DeNoon Invitational

Darius Smith - Photo Credit: Keith Hente
Darius Smith - Photo Credit: Keith Hente

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's and women's track and field will travel to the two-day Don DeNoon Invitational hosted by SIU in Carbondale, Illinois. The meet is held Friday and Saturday.

"I am excited to see where everyone is performing at this point in the training," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Scott Block.

The Cougars are coming off the annual SIUE-SEMO Dual, in which both teams narrowly lost to the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri.

Despite the loss, Block and his staff have a plan for the upcoming meets leading up to the postseason.

"Our training is more specific and is geared towards peaking at the Ohio Valley Conference championships," said Block. "Our reps are less and the intensity is up."

Despite the loss, LaDonna Caston set a new record in the 55-meter hurdles at 7.83 seconds, shattering her own record set two seasons ago of 7.91.

Three Cougars currently lead the Ohio Valley Conference in four separate events. Julian Harvey sits atop the Ohio Valley Conference in the high jump (7 feet, 0.25 inches) and the long jump (24-2.5). Keith Meyer holds the top time in the 5K at 14:40.90. Martinus Mitchell recorded the best mark in the OVC in the shot put with a mark of 52-10.75.

While the upperclassmen are continuing to shatter their personal bests, Block also is excited about the improvement of the newcomers.

"The freshmen are continuing to improve week in and week out," said Block. "I look forward to seeing where they are now that they are getting comfortable competing at this level."