CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – LaDonna Caston broke her own record in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing first in 7.83 seconds at the SIUE –SEMO Dual Meet.
Caston also won the 55 meter dash, clocking in at 7.21.
"I'm extremely proud of LaDonna's tenacity today," said Sprints Coach Deserea Howard. "She is really working hard to perfect her craft and it really showed today."
While the meet was competitive, SIUE fell just short of victory. The women's team lost 76-73 while the men lost 77-66.
"The dual lived up to expectations," said Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "It was dramatic, exciting and highly competitive. Both the men and the women dramatically exceeded my projection going into the meet."
Many athletes completed first-place finishes, including Julian Harvey in both the high jump (6-9.75) and the long jump (24-2.5).
Martinus Mitchell finished first in the shot put, tossing a mark of 52-2.5.
In the men's track events, Darius Smith finished first in the 200 meters, clocking in at 22.40. Matt O'Connor finished first in the 800 meters, running the two laps in 1:56.11. Ben Scamihorn finished first in the mile at 4:34.14.
On the women's side, Nichyria Byrd finished first in the long jump at 18-11.25. She also set a personal best in the 55 meter dash at 7.49m.
Megan Lauzon earned a first-place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 51-1.5.
Outside of first-place finishes, many Cougars earned personal bests during the meet, including Mladen Hristov (46-9.5) and Ezekiel Clerk (46-3.5) in the triple jump.
Nick Matthews earned a personal best and second-place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 55-2.75. Alec Dutton also threw a personal best of 51-4.25.
Jessy Glaub set a personal best in the 400 meters at 52.52.
On the women's side, Haley Miller turned in a second-place effort in the mile with a personal best of 5:27.43. Aleasha Jones ran her best time of 58.31 in the 400 meters, good enough for second place. Francesca Sikorski also ran her best time of 1:03.46 in the 400 meters.
"The team competed with purpose tonight and even though we didn't come out on top, we competed as a team," said Block.
The teams travel to the SIU Invitational Feb. 5 and 6.