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Meyer, Harvey Break Records at Gateway Invite

Julian Harvey
Julian Harvey

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Keith Meyer and Julian Harvey extended their schools records in the 3K and the triple jump, respectively, at the SIUE Gateway Invite.

Meyer ran the 3K in a time of 8 minutes, 34.01 seconds. Harvey furthered his record in the triple jump with a mark of 50 feet, 8.75 inches.

The Derek Drew Mile fundraiser was held before the meet for teammate Derek Drew, who was diagnosed with leukemia in March. Drew was cleared to compete and finished in first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.36.

"The support showed to Derek Drew was incredible," said Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "It was an unbelievable day."

A total of 29 personal bests were set by the Cougars at the meet.

On the men's side, Greg Block set a personal best in the hammer with a mark of 199-2.5. Alec Dutton threw a career best in the hammer (164-7.25) and the discus (152-0). Martinus Micthell added to his personal best in the discus, throwing 164-4.75. Nick Matthews threw two personal bests in both the discus (140-11.85) and the hammer (190-8.25).

The women's throwing squad added several career bests as well, including a mark of 46-8.5 in the shot put from Megan Lauzon. She also threw a personal best of 174-10 in the hammer. Claire Nolan tossed a career best of 45-2 in the shot put. Lizzie Virgl added a first place finish in the hammer with a toss of 176-3. Catherine Jakich threw a personal best in the discus at 130-7.

Adding to the jumpers' success was Brittney Gibbs, who jumped a career best of 41-7.25 in the triple jump and 19-2.75 in the long jump. Freshman Nyichyria Byrd added her own personal best and first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 19-9. Ezekiel Clerk jumped a career best of 47-1.75 in the triple jump.

The distance team contributed to multiple personal bests, including Haley Miller in the 1500 with a time of 4:41.04. Jess Clarke ran the 3K in a career best 10:50.62. Jessi Elder and Francesca Sikorski added in career bests in the 800 of 2:27.56 and 2:18.00, respectively.

Matt O'Connor, Ben Scamihorn, and Jessy Glaub all added in personal bests in the 800. O'Connor finished first in a time of 1:52.07, Scamihorn finished in 1:57.02, and Glaub finished in 1:55.41.

Bobby Kaluza added a personal best and first place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.01. Justin Agustin ran a career best in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.47.

"I could not be prouder of this team, this coaching staff, administration, and everyone that helped make this meet possible," said Block.