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Cougars Set for Bill Cornell Classic

Cougars Set for Bill Cornell Classic

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE track and field teams will compete in the Bill Cornell Classic Friday and Saturday. The meet is being held at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex on the campus of SIU Carbondale.

There will be 11 of the top schools from around the Midwest competing at the classic, including Illinois, Purdue, and Ohio Valley Conference foes Eastern Illinois and UT Martin.  

The men's and women's discus will be the only events Friday. All other events will take place Saturday.

"The meet this weekend will be exciting," SIUE Assistant Coach Joey Pacione said. "SIU Carbondale did a phenomenal job of inviting high caliber competition. On paper, this is the best regular season meet we will compete in since I've coached here. It's an opportunity for our athletes to challenge themselves and embrace the best part of our sport, which is doing your best to beat the person next to you."

Pacione had high praise of how the team has responded after taking two weeks off since competing last.

"It has been great to get two weeks of consecutive training in without a competition," added Pacione. "It allowed us to get back to work on things that we needed to have success in the future, like fixing technique flaws and getting in a good amounts of high-quality sprinting and lifting."

The Cougars are coming off the heels of an impressive outing at the Coastal Carolina Invitational Mar. 9 & 10.

At the Coastal Carolina Invitational, the SIUE jumpers stole the show. For the women, Brittney Gibbs won the triple jump (41 feet, 1.75 inches) and Nichyria Byrd placed first in the long jump (18-9.25). In the men's events, Julian Harvey took first in high jump (6-8.75), and Logan Webb won the triple jump (46-7.5).  

The SIUE throwers had an excellent meet as well. Nick Matthews placed first while setting a personal record in the men's hammer throw (60.23 meters). Martinus Mitchell took second in both the men's discus (45.15) and the shot put (15.81). Lizzie Virgl won the women's hammer throw (55.40) while also placing fourth in the javelin (34.90).

On the track, Aly Goff took first in the women's 1500m with a PR time of 4:41.95 and the SIUE women (Jalea PaslayKassidy DexheimerHaley Miller and Goff) took third place in the 4x800m relay (9:51.40).