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Turner, Brown Sign National Letters of Intent

Feb. 18, 2010

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Ciara Turner (Rock Island) and Claire Brown (Petersburg) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the athletic program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

SIUE Interim Head Coach Kareem Jackson said Turner will add to the depth of the sprints for the track and field team. SIUE Interim Cross Country Coach Eileen McAllister said Brown will compete for the cross country program as well as compete as a distance runner for the track and field team.

Turner was a vital member of Rock Island High School's 2009 Illinois state championship team. She helped the 400-meter relay team to victory and also placed sixth in the 800-meter relay and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.

Turner qualified in four events overall at the state championships, including the 100-meter dash.

"Ciara will add depth to the lady Cougar sprints group in the fall of 2010," said Jackson.

Brown was utilized in multiple events at Petersburg-PORTA High School. She ran everything from the 1,600-meter relay to the 3,200-meter run for her high school team and was able to score team points in every event.

"She's a competitor," said McAllister. "As a Cougar, she will be able to narrow her focus. We look to Claire to be a solid contributor in cross country, on the track, and in the classroom."

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