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Lauzon Breaks Discus Record at Joey Haines Invitational

Megan Lauzon
Megan Lauzon

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – SIUE women's track and field senior Megan Lauzon set the SIUE record in the discus at the Joey Haines Invitational with her mark of 159 feet, 6 inches.

Lauzon earned a fifth-place finish with the throw. She also set a new personal best in the hammer with a mark of 155-9.

"Megan has been chasing that discus record for awhile and today she finally got it," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "She has a lot more in the tank and I am excited to see how far she can go."

Greg Block and Keith Meyer also added to their records at SIUE. Block becomes No. 2 all-time in the hammer throw with a mark of 191-7.5, surpassing his brother and current Head Coach Scott Block.

"I am proud of Greg," said Block. "All of his hard work is paying off and I couldn't be happier that he passed me on the list."

Meyer ran his first 10K at the WashU Invite in St. Louis, becoming No. 2 all-time at SIUE and finishing first in a time of 30:37.12.

On the women's side, Jessica Oranika finished second in the 400 meters in 55.90.

 Erin Kennedy and Allie Sweatt both competed at the WashU Invite and set personal bests in the 10K. Kennedy ran a 46-second best at 37:19.01, while Sweatt completed the race in 38:10.96.

Haley Miller ran a best in the 5K with a time of 8:17.51, finishing sixth. Brittney Gibbs recorded a personal best in the long jump at 18-2.75.

For the men, Matt O'Connor earned a first-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.79.

Julian Harvey increased his SIUE record in the triple jump with a best of 50-3.5, finishing second.

Anthony Holshouser and Tyler Owens both set personal bests in the 10K at WashU with marks of 32:48.70 and 32:17.43, respectively.  Scott Woodard added to the distance team's results with a personal best in the 1500 meters at 4:12.00.

Alec Dutton recorded two personal bests in the hammer (158-1) and the discus (150-3). Nick Matthews bettered his mark in the javelin with a throw of 177-7.

Bobby Kaluza set a personal best in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.41.

"The meet went well and we saw a lot of personal bests," said Block. "I want to recognize Derek Drew for his courage and heart and for competing like a true champion today."

Drew was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia weeks after competing at the Ohio Valley Indoor Championships and is cleared by his doctors to compete for the spring season. For information about the Derek Drew Mile fundraiser April 16, contact Jumps Coach Joey Pacione at jpacion@siue.edu.

SIUE track and field will compete in the Hilltopper Relays April 8-9.