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SIUE Track and Field Completes Hilltopper Relays

Ben Scamihorn
Ben Scamihorn

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – SIUE men's and women's track and field recorded several personal bests at the Hilltopper Relays despite cold temperatures.

"The conditions were less than ideal but they were the same for all teams competing," said Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "Although there were no record-breaking performances, the student-athletes competed and that is a great lesson to take into the rest of the season."

Among the personal bests recorded was a second-place finish in the steeplechase by Ben Scamihorn, finishing the 3K in a time of 9 minutes, 36.88 seconds.

Martinus Mitchell threw his best mark in the shot put with a distance of 53 feet, 7.75 inches, good enough for second place.

Ivory Cassell also recorded a third-place finish in the long jump with a personal best of 18 -10.5. Teammate Nichyria Byrd jumped her best mark of 18-7 in the long jump.

The distance team continued its improvement with personal bests from Haley Miller in the steeplechase (11:21.87), finishing sixth, Matt O'Connor in the 1500 (4:00.79), Luke Padesky in the 1500 (4:04.09), and Tyler Owens in the 1500 (4:12.24).

Bobby Kaluza ran his best time in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.29. Ezekiel Clerk recorded a personal best in the triple jump with a distance of 46-9.

SIUE track and field continues April 16 with the first of two home meets, the SIUE Gateway Classic at Korte Stadium. Prior to the meet, SIUE will hold a fundraiser for Derek Drew, a senior who was diagnosed with leukemia just after the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships. For more information, contact Assistant Coach Joey Pacione at