EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's and women's track and field will compete in the fourth annual SIUE – SEMO Dual Meet Friday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
"Since we began contesting the dual with SEMO four years ago, the rivalry has grown to a level that makes this meet one of our most important," said Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "The competition is fierce and every athlete's performance has a substantial impact on the outcome of the meet. It's a short, fan-friendly event that has all the drama of any big Division I sporting event."
The meet also gives the teams a chance to compete against a fellow Ohio Valley Conference opponent one-on-one, an aspect which Block believes is important.
"Since we joined the OVC, SEMO has always been a team that we see many times over the course of the season," said Block. "We have a healthy respect for each other, and the meet is a great indicator of where we are as a team going into the final month of the indoor season."
With only two teams competing, Block also stresses the importance of scoring points.
"Obviously the tactics of a dual competition change as compared to the traditional 10-plus team meet that we typically go to," he said. "We are focusing on where we can get points and moving athletes around to maximize our point total."
The scoring for the event is five points for a first-place finish, three points for second place, two points for third, and one point for fourth. Only two athletes from each team can score per event.
Field events begin at 4 p.m. with the pole vault. Running events begin at 6 p.m. with the 55-meter hurdles.