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Cougars Face Muddy Panther Open

September 12, 2008

          CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Kayla Brown placed fifth overall for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women cross country team and Kyle Cameron was SIUE's top finisher with 21st place at the Eastern Illinois Panther Open Friday evening.
          Battling humid weather conditions and a rain soaked competition course 161 runners competed in the event with Southern Illinois capturing both the men's and women's team titles.
          The Charleston area was hit by heavy rain for most of the day Friday letting up just about two hours prior to the start of the women's race at 5:30 p.m. Southern Illinois easily won the women's title scoring 18 points with their runners placing first, second, third and fifth among the collegiate competitors. Western Illinois was second with 54 points while Evansville edged Southeast Missouri by one point for fourth. SIU Edwardsville was fifth followed by host Eastern Illinois in sixth. Danville Area CC was seventh while McKendree University did not enter enough runners for a team score.
          On the men's side the Salukis also picked up a comfortable win scoring 23 points while Southeast Missouri was second with 57 points. Host EIU was third with 102 points followed by Evansville, Western Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, Danville Area CC and Illinois Cross Country Club.
          Jeff Schirmer of Southern Illinois repeated as the Panther Invite champion with a time of 25:14.29 which was two seconds off his winning time from 2007. Dan Dunbar of SIU was second at 25:18.16 followed by Mathew Kotut of Danville Area CC. Brandon Karcher of SEMO was fourth with SIU's Bowman in fifth and EIU's Butler in sixth.
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