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SIUE Track and Field Prepares for Joey Haines Invitational

Jessica Oranika
Jessica Oranika

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's and women's track and field will head to the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for a two-day meet Friday and Saturday.

The meet begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. with the hammer throw.

 "I feel that after the opening meet in Arkansas that the team is ready to take on its next set of challenges," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "Carrying the momentum from Arkansas to SEMO is the key."

After the first outdoor meet, SIUE has eight student-athletes in the top 48 in the region, meaning they would qualify for the NCAA Championship first round in Lawrence, Kansas if they hold their current rank.

Julian Harvey sits atop the NCAA Division I leaderboard in the long jump and is eighth in the country in the high jump. Ezekiel Clerk is 38th in the west region in the triple jump along with Mladen Hristov who is 42nd and Greg Block is 45th in the region in the shot put. 

On the women's side, Jessica Oranika is 22nd in the west region in the 400, Brittney Gibbs is 23rd in the triple jump and Claire Nolan is 34th in the shot put. Megan Lauzon is one spot away from a qualifying position, sitting in 49th in the discus.

"The team goal stays the same as indoor and that is getting ready for the OVC Championship," said Block. "But outside of that, the goal is to get as many athletes in position to qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships as possible. We look to add a few more this weekend."

A small contingent of runners also will compete Friday at the Washington University Invite in St. Louis.