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Records Fall at Inaugural Southern Clash

Claire Nolan
Claire Nolan

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Claire Nolan and Megan Lauzon each broke school records Friday while seven other student-athletes established new personal records at the inaugural Southern Clash at Korte Stadium.

The meet was a dual meeting featuring sister schools, SIUE and SIU Carbondale.

"The Southern Clash was a lot of fun," SIUE Interim Head Coach Scott Block said. "Even though we didn't come out on top we had a lot to be proud of."

Nolan, a junior, broke the school record in shot put. With a distance of 50-feet, 3.25-inches, she became the first female thrower in school history to top 50-feet.

"Clair Nolan's school record in the shot put was big for her," Block said. "She has been chasing the record and the 50-foot line all season."

Fellow junior Lauzon broke her own school record in the discus, with a throw of 49.07 meters. She set the record earlier this season at Southeast Missouri's Joey Haines Invitational. Lauzon also established a personal record in the shot put with a throw of 48-6.

Freshman Catherine Jakich also picked up a personal record in the discus at 134-1.

On the men's side, sophomore Martinus Mitchell enjoyed a personal record in the discus with a throw of 172-10. Alec Dutton added a personal record in the javelin with a throw of 155-1.

Three men, sophomores Bobby Kaluza and Tyler Owens and junior Scott Woodard as well as sophomore Francesca Sikorski on the women's side all collected personal records in running events.

Kaluza ran the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 14.97 seconds. Owens earned a personal record in the 1500 meter, running in 4:07.23. Woodard ran the 3000 meters in 8:49.01

Sikorski's personal record came in the 800 meters. She ran a time of 2:17.46.

The OVC Outdoor Championships is up next for the Cougars. Tennessee State hosts this year's event in Nashville, Tenn.