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April 5, 2005

Installation of Vaughn Vandegrift

"The purposes of higher education lie in the fulfillment of human potential. We add value to people's lives. Since higher education is inherently a people business, in the end it is people who make the process successful. At SIUE we have wonderful people, a well-formed sense of community, clearly articulated values and goals, and a strong commitment to make our vision for national recognition a reality."

-Vaughn Vandegrift

Physics Conference Celebrates Einstein's Accomplishments

Members of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) would disagree with Einstein's statement.

The ISAAPT Spring Conference, "The World Year of Physics," will take place April 8-9 at SIUE and will commemorate Einstein's accomplishments and look at the implications of his work 100 years later. The conference will be hosted by the SIUE Department of Physics.

During 2005, the association is honoring the famous scientist with a centennial celebration of Einstein's Miraculous Year, which was 1905, a time when the man himself said "A storm broke loose in my mind." During that "Miraculous Year," Einstein published three of his most influential papers, including his special theory of relativity.

The ISAAPT Spring Conference, "The World Year of Physics," will commemorate Einstein's accomplishments and look at the implications of his work 100 years later. The conference will be hosted by the SIUE Department of Physics.

The conference workshops at SIUE will focus on new physics topics and instructional techniques that participants may take back to the classroom. Speakers will discuss research in physics, physics education research, and academic topics. Assistant Professor Abdullatif Hamad, of the SIUE Physics faculty, will present "Photonics at SIUE," and Associate Professor Eric Voss, of the Chemistry faculty, will present "Nanostructures."

Keynote speaker Kathy Harper, of the Physics Education Research Group at The Ohio State University, will present "Teaching the Current Generation of Students in the World Year of Physics."

The ISAAPT was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching. The ISAAPT is comprised of university, college, community college, and high school physics faculty; and physics students of all ages.

Digital Libraries/Digital Institutional Repositories Colloquium Set For April 21

All members of the SIUE community are invited to attend "Digital Libraries/Digital Institutional Repositories," a colloquium on the future of academic libraries and scholarly communication in the 21st century. The colloquium will be presented by Library and Information Services and cosponsored by Graduate Studies and Research.

Scheduled in the John C. Abbott Auditorium of Lovejoy Library on the morning of April 21, the program will feature three distinguished speakers who will discuss issues pertaining to digital libraries, digital institutional repositories, and scholarly communication.

The program also will provide opportunities for questions from the members of the audience.

Here's the schedule:

9:00 a.m.-Welcome by SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs

9:10 a.m.-Beth A. Sandore, associate university librarian for Information Technology Planning & Policy and professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois.

10:10 a.m.-H. Frank Cervone, assistant university librarian for Information Technology at Northwestern University

11:10 a.m.-Philip C. Bantin, university archivist director-coordinator for Humanities and Social Sciences Libraries at Indiana University

Faculty members are invited to arrange with their subject librarians to bring their classes to the colloquium. For further information about the colloquium, contact Dave Cassens, Ext. 2714, or, by e-mail:

SIUE Spring fest To Include April 15 'Party In The Park'

Music by The Bucket Boys and Trixie Delight will highlight the SIUE "Party in the Park," scheduled from 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Edwardsville City Park. The free event is sponsored by the SIUE Campus Activities Board.

The party is among three events the university sponsors in downtown Edwardsville. In late August, SIUE and the city of Edwardsville sponsor the Welcome Back Block Party as part of Welcome Week, which takes place next to the Madison County Courthouse at the start of the school year, and, later, the International Fair, featuring ethnic food and entertainment, also in City Park.

Campus Activities Board Traditions Co-Chair Schalene Houston said she is excited about the "high energy acts" that will appear at Party in the Park. "The Bucket Boys are a hip-hop percussive duo from Chicago," Houston said, "while Trixie Delight is a very popular cover band from the St. Louis area."

The Bucket Boys have been compared to STOMP and Trixie Delight covers hits from the '60s to today's hits, Houston said.

Other activities at the party will include children's activities, free inflatable games, food booths sponsored by SIUE student organizations, and a beer truck sponsored by the Edwardsville Jaycees.

SIUE Party in the Park is offered in conjunction with the SIUE campus tradition, Spring fest. For a full list of Spring fest events or more information on the April 15 event, contact Schalene Houston, by email:, or by telephone: (618) 650-2686. More information may also be found at the Web site:

Topinka Comes To School Of Business To Announce Creation Of Technology Fund

Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka came to the School of Business recently to announce creation of the state's $50 million Technology Development Fund, to "make sure cutting-edge technologies have a place here in Illinois."

She made the announcement at the School of Business, where one of the state's 13 Entrepreneurship Centers is headquartered. The centers can provide help to businesses who are pursuing equity investment. The SIUE center is working with regional businesses to further economic development. The announcement was made at one of several stops the state treasurer had planned in late March.

Through the Technology Development Fund, Topinka said, her office provides funding to Illinois-based venture capital firms to increase the funding available to businesses that would otherwise be forced to leave the state. She said the fund is encouraging investment in Illinois and its future. "We have many of the best universities in the country located right here in Illinois and we need to keep the new technology and innovation right here to create new, high-paying jobs, and keep these bright young graduates here," Topinka said.

"There is no question that we have outstanding opportunities being created daily at Illinois schools, research facilities, and national laboratories," she said.

"This culture is vital if we are to compete effectively with the new economy being pursued so aggressively by other states located predominantly on both coasts."

Planting In Arboretum To Enhance Native Flora Here

Students and professors from the Department of Biological Sciences were on hand to plant nearly 500 plants in the Donal G. Myer Arboretum over the weekend. The planting will enhance the native flora which grows on campus.

"The plants will be an excellent teaching tool," said Becky Esselman, associate professor, Biological Sciences. "This planting will allow students to study a large variety of native flora right here on campus."

The plants were purchased with a $2,000 Meridian Society Award. The purchase of plants for the Myer Arboretum was one of six SIUE-based community programs supported by the Society.

Organized in October 2003, the SIUE Foundation Meridian Society is an organization for women in philanthropy.

According to Dixie Engelman, the first president of the Meridian Society and retired acting dean for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences, "The Meridian Society awardees represent the very best efforts of students and faculty to reach out in support of the communities surrounding SIUE."

Esselman said the Biology department is very grateful that the Meridian Society chose to fund the project. "As these plants grow and thrive, SIUE students and faculty, as well as the community, will benefit from this gift for many years to come."

School Of Business Celebrates International Business Week

Guest speakers will be on hand this week during business classes to discuss with students various topics focusing on global business practices during International Business Week, sponsored by the School of Business.

Speakers will give insights into cultural practices and discuss ethical issues, as well as what SIUE students can do to become more appealing and useful in the global market.

The speakers include Mike McNamara, senior vice president of Consumer Sales, the Roho Group; Chris Castro, customer service, Cablofil Inc.; Stewart Dahlberg, international sales manager, JD Streett; and Zhongjie Gu, manager of design engineering, Tri-onics Inc.

"As the business environment becomes increasingly global, students require experience and education in international business," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the School. "International Business Week events give students the opportunity to learn more about international issues and to meet regional business leaders in the community."

Students and faculty also will have the opportunity to discuss international business and ethics with Fernando G. Aguirre, president and CEO of Chiquita Brands International Inc. and a 1980 graduate of the School of Business.

He will be the featured speaker at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting on Friday, April 8, in the SIUE Morris University Center. Aguirre earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration.

The School of Business is an active participant in international exchange programs, sending SIUE faculty and students each year to its exchange partners in France, Germany, Mexico, and China.

Racers, Runners, Walkers Invited To 4th Annual 5K Race

Wheelchair racers, runners, and walkers will be winding through the historical neighborhoods of Edwardsville as part of the 4th Annual "Celebrating Abilities" 5K Race: Roll/Run/Walk beginning at 7:55 a.m. Sunday, April 17.

SIUE Disability Support Services and the track team at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are sponsoring the race. All proceeds from the race will benefit New Horizons, the SIUE organization for students with disabilities, and the SIUE Track and Cross Country teams.

The race will begin with the wheelchair racers; runners and walkers will start at 8 a.m. The race will begin and end at the Madison County Transit Center, North Main Street and Hillsboro Avenue, in downtown Edwardsville.

Registration is $10; SIUE students, $5, if postmarked before April 14. Late entries are $15; SIUE students, $10. All racers will receive a T-shirt, a packet of materials, and snacks. In addition, participants will be invited to attend an awards ceremony immediately following the race. Awards are given to the overall winners; medals will be awarded to wheelchair racers and the runners in each of the 13 age divisions.

For more information or to register for the race, contact Shirley Lodes, (618) 650-3726, or visit the Web site: DSS/upevents.html.

Cougars To Face Professional Wheelchair Basketball Team

SIUE men's and women's Cougar basketball teams will join forces in an attempt to capture their first win in four years against the Confluence Center Coast team, a professional wheelchair basketball team, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

The SIUE Office of Disability Support Services is sponsoring the 4th Annual "Celebrating Abilities" Wheelchair Basketball Game at the Vadalabene Center. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) formed in 1948 to become the world's largest and oldest disability sport organization. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., and with 185 teams, the NWBA is the national governing body for men's, women's, collegiate, and youth wheelchair basketball in the United States.

The April 13 game will include free audience drawings for an X Box, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets to the Fox Theatre, and to concerts at the UMB Bank Pavilion, among other prizes. Free soda and popcorn will be available for attendees and the SIUE cheerleaders will be performing for audience enjoyment.

Before the game, the basketball players will participate in an autograph session and the Southern Stars Dancers will be performing with junior poms from the Edwardsville area.

"Celebrating Abilities" is an event intended to raise awareness of the athletic talent of people with disabilities. For more information, contact Jim Boyle, (618) 650-2568.

Visual Arts Students Exhibit Artwork This Week In Bluff

Students who live in the Visual Arts Focused Interested Community (FIC) will offer the second annual Art Show through Thursday in the multifunction room of Bluff Hall.

The exhibition will consist of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces created by residential students. Members of the art faculty and Housing staff will serve as judges prior to the awards ceremony. Gallery hours are from 4:30-6 p.m. with an awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The Visual Arts FIC is one of several living and learning communities in which students who share the same academic major or interests live together in the same wing of a residence hall. Residents are able to meet faculty and staff in their area of interest, as well as participate in specialized programs and study groups.

"FICs are a great way for students to meet faculty and other students who share their interests and career goals," said Kara Shustrin, assistant director of Academic Programs and Assessment for University Housing. "Living and learning programs, such as the FICs, promote more of a connection between what students are learning inside the classroom and what they are doing outside the classroom.

"The art show is just one example of this connection; students are putting the show together themselves and collaborating with faculty to make it a successful event."

For more information about the show, contact Diana Gravatt, by e-mail:, or, Kara Shustrin, by telephone: (618) 650-0546.

Softball Turns Questions Into Answers

When the season began, SIUE softball coach Sandy Montgomery knew she had a solid team. Still, many were unsure about how good the Cougars would be.

"There were several people that had a lot of questions about us at the beginning of the year, including us," said Montgomery "We have all answered those questions, and we are pretty happy with where we are right now."

The 14th-ranked Cougars have a record of 28-8 overall and 6-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE is riding a 10-game winning streak.

One of those question marks at the beginning of the year was the pitching staff. The Cougar staff had totaled one win in 12 innings of experience.

Now SIUE has two pitchers, Alicia DeShasier (Carrollton) and Lindsay Laas (Frankfort) with more than 10 wins, and the third member of the staff, Casey Wantland (Fisher) is 7-1. The trio's earned run average is a respectable 2.49. "They have learned a lot," said Montgomery. "Their success is very important to the team's success. They have met the challenge."

The Cougar hitters rank second in the GLVC with a .321 batting average while hammering 24 home runs this season.

Sophomore Libby Lenart (Bartonville) batted .500 during the six games last week with seven RBIs. "Libby hit very well this weekend," said Montgomery. "She is a good catcher, and she has great hands."

DeShasier also batted .500 for the week. She leads the league in runs scored (39) and RBIs (34), and is third in the GLVC with a .434 average.

Shortstop Veronica (VJ) Schmidt (Westmont) also had a solid week at the plate collecting eight hits while driving in five runs. Schmidt knocked in the game-winning run against Indianapolis on Saturday. "VJ hit well," said Montgomery. "She is doing a nice job and playing good defense."

SIUE travels to Southern Indiana on Thursday for a matchup with the Screaming Eagles at 3 p.m. The Cougars return home for contests against Quincy on Saturday and Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday with both doubleheaders beginning at noon.

Baseball Looks To Get Back On Track

SIUE baseball has fallen on hard times, having won just three of its last 10 games. Three of the losses came as one-run decisions and another saw the Cougars fall in extra innings.

"It is tough," said SIUE baseball coach Gary Collins. "We just can't seem to get a hit or make a play when we need to put the game away. We haven't made pitches to put people away either."

SIUE enters its doubleheader at Missouri-St. Louis tomorrow with a 14-13 record overall and 9-11 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. That puts the Cougars in seventh place in the league, two games behind Southern Indiana on the loss side for the sixth spot. The top six teams make the season-ending Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

SIUE pitcher Cameron Cheek (Atlanta) came in relief to get his first save against Quincy last week. Cheek then threw eight-plus innings against UW-Parkside on Saturday, improving his record to 4-1 with a 1.66 earned run average on the season. "He pitched lights out and was really impressive," said Collins.

Freshman left fielder Cory Bunner (Jacksonville) batted .333 with six RBIs for the week to improve his batting average to .287 with 28 hits. "Bunner has been playing extremely well for a freshman," said Collins. "He has really been solid for us. He keeps getting better."

Adam Tallman (Gillespie) collected eight hits with four runs batted in during the week batting .381 to raise his average to .308.

Jeff Darnall (Atlanta) ranks second the club with a .347 batting average. Darnall is tied for first with two home runs and second on the team with 17 RBIs.

After battling the Rivermen today, the Cougars will face Upper Iowa over the weekend. Saturday's (4/16) game with the Peacocks will begin at 3 p.m. at Gordon Moore Park in Alton. Sunday's (4/17) game starts at noon at T.R. Hughes Park in O'Fallon, Mo.

Men's Tennis Heads To GLVC Tournament

SIUE men's tennis finished the regular season with a record of 9-8 overall and 4-4 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.

The fifth-seeded Cougars face fourth-seeded Missouri-St. Louis on Friday (4/15) in the first round of the GLVC Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind.

"We had three very close matches in the doubles with UMSL," said SIUE tennis coach Bill Logan. "It is going to be a tough match. We know we are in for a battle."

The Cougars won two of their last three matches heading into the tournament. "I am really pleased with everyone," said Logan. "They are all doing their best. The conference season has been really tough."

Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) improved his record to 7-4 on the year picking up two wins this past week. Rigdon notched a record of 5-1 in GLVC action.

Andrew Reznack (Edwardsville) leads the team with a 10-7 record at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Reznack and doubles partner Andy Renner (Belleville) hold a 9-3 record in doubles play this season.

Women's Golf Hosts Cougar Invitational

The SIUE women's golf team returns home for the Cougar Invitational at Sunset Hills Country Club this weekend.

"We are excited to be back home," said SIUE golf coach Mark Marcuzzo. "We have a very good chance of winning the event."

The Cougars finished 10th at the Illini Spring Classic in Champaign this past weekend. "We struggled a little bit on the first day due to the wind," said Marcuzzo. "We are still learning. The attitude of the team is extremely positive."

Brittany Hood (Coulterville) shot an opening-round 83 following that up with an 82 for a two-day total of 165, placing her 30th in the tournament. "Brittany is really coming along," said Marcuzzo.

Natalie Connaway (McLeansboro) placed 47th overall after a 90 on the first day. She improved to an 81 on the second day for a tournament total of 171. "Natalie has really improved," said Marcuzzo. "She is really starting to put it all together."

The Cougar Invitational will be held Sunday (4/17) and Monday (4/18).

Witte, Glover Post NCAA Qualifying Marks

Mary Witte (Normal) and Callie Glover (Bartlett), of the Cougar track and field team, put themselves into position to qualify for next month's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with provisional marks in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Witte placed third in the steeplechase at the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic on Saturday (4/9) with a time of 11 minutes, 20.14 seconds. That's 11 seconds slower than the school record she set last season, yet good enough to put her on the national provisional qualifying list.

Glover made her mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 160 feet, 6 inches (48.93 meters). "Callie is off to a fast start this outdoor season in the hammer breaking her own school record from the previous weekend," said Coach David Astrauskas.

Both competitors will have an opportunity to better their marks this weekend on more familiar territory.

SIUE will play host to the Cougar Classic on Saturday (4/16) at Korte Stadium. "We're excited to have our home opener this weekend. We really want to make a good showing for the home crowd," said Coach Ben Beyers. "We don't get to perform at home often, so it's always fun to show the student population what a great track team they have. They can watch first-hand rather than just reading about us in the paper."

Bannister, Weber, Weeden Post NCAA Marks

The SIUE men's track and field program continues to excel.

Three more performances from this past weekend's Big Blue Classic at Eastern Illinois resulted in the Cougars being added to the provisional qualifying list for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship next month in Abilene, Texas.

Anthony Weber (Marengo) broke the school record in the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet, 0.75 inches (4.90 meters). "Anthony has vaulted well all year long," said Coach David Astrauskas. "He continues to get better each week, and I knew it was only a matter of time before he would break the school record.

"Anthony is very determined to get into the national meet at the end of the season and qualifying is the first step."

Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) ran a winning time of 52.70 seconds at 400 hurdles. "Jonathan's training has been progressing very rapidly, and he will be looking at a much faster time by the end of the season," said Coach Ben Beyers. "He's hungry for more, and that's really the key in a tough race like the 400 hurdles."

Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) qualified in a second event. He set a provisional qualifying mark last week in the shot put and added the hammer throw this week. His throw of 172-8 (52.62 meters) is a new school record.

The men's 400-meter relay team also set a new school record in a time of 42.24. A team must run better than 41.15 to post a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Dustin Bilbruck (Gillespie) also was an event winner in the javelin with a throw of 196-7. His toss of 203-3.25 last week currently is the ninth best in the nation.

SIUE will play host to the Cougar Classic on Saturday (4/16) at Korte Stadium. "We're excited to have our home opener this weekend. We really want to make a good showing for the home crowd," said Coach Ben Beyers.

"We don't get to perform at home often, so it's always fun to show the student population what a great track team they have. They can watch first-hand rather than just reading about us in the paper."

Softball Continues On A Roll

The SIUE softball team has won 20 of its last 24 games after starting the season 2-4. That includes two wins at Bellarmine this past weekend as the Cougars started the Great Lakes Valley Conference season.

No. 16-ranked SIUE, 22-8 overall, takes on Illinois-Springfield at home on Wednesday (4/6) before heading back on the road to face Indianapolis on Saturday.

Against the Knights, the Cougars had to make up a five-run deficit in the first contest coming back to win 7-6. Then the SIUE picked up a 1-0 win in the nightcap. "You are always happy when you win," said SIUE softball coach Sandy Montgomery. "We stayed with it, came back, and got a sweep."

Lindsay Laas (Frankfort) came in relief to win the first game to improve to 7-3 on the year. "She did a nice job coming in," said Montgomery. "She got us out of a jam and picked up the win."

Casey Wantland (Fisher) threw a five-hit shutout in game two to run her record to 6-1 with a 1.91 earned run average.

Like the pitching, the Cougar offense has been solid with six players batting better than .300 this season. SIUE has outscored its opponents 44-13 in the first two innings this season.

Samantha Easterley (Belleville) batted .556 during the four games to improve her average to .302 on the year. "Sam had an outstanding week," said Montgomery.

Alicia DeShasier (Carrollton) continued her hot hitting as she raised her batting average to .423. DeShasier leads the club in batting average, hits (44), runs (31), home runs (5), and RBIs (28).

Shanna Waldo (Peoria) collected five hits and scored five runs from the leadoff spot as she batted .384 during the four games.

SIUE will face the Prairie Stars on Wednesday at Cougar Field at 3 p.m. before traveling to the Hoosier State, taking on the Greyhounds on Saturday at noon.

Baseball Eyes Important Week

SIUE baseball sits in a fourth place tie in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as the Cougars begin a important week of play.

SIUE, 12-9 overall and 7-7 in the GLVC, battles second-place Quincy on Wednesday before traveling to third place UW-Parkside this weekend. "There are no easy games in this league," said SIUE baseball coach Gary Collins. "We are still a young team, and we are still developing."

The Cougars went 3-3 this past week against Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana. After sweeping the Panthers, SIUE's bats came alive, blasting the Screaming Eagles 9-2 on Saturday (4/2) . Then the Cougars lost a heartbreaker 9-6 in 10 innings in the nightcap. "We looked like we were coming out of our offensive slump," said Collins. "We scored 15 runs, and all we got was a split."

SIUE then dropped two contests at USI on Sunday.

Kyle Jones (New Baden) improved to 5-0 on the season with a 1.43 earned run average, giving up six earned runs in 37.2 innings.

"Kyle has been rock solid," said Collins. "It is reassuring knowing that he is pitching that first game every weekend."

Craig Ohlau (Chester) leads the team with a .392 average. Ohlau went 3-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the first game against Southern Indiana on Saturday.

Joe Wargo (Streator) improved his average to .323, and Jeff Darnall (Atlanta) raised his to .347 during the six games. "We have some guys who are hitting the ball better," said Collins. "Overall, we are hitting better. We still run into problems of stringing hits together."

Pitchers Ryan Spurgeon (Bethalto) and Jared Rettberg (Divernon) each picked up their first wins of the season against Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Cougars face the Hawks in a doubleheader at Quincy on Wednesday (4/6) at 1 p.m. SIUE then takes on the Rangers in Kenosha, Wis., on Saturday (4/9) and Sunday (4/10) with both doubleheaders starting at noon.

Men's Tennis Faces Quincy

SIUE men's tennis faces Quincy today and is looking to rebound after dropping three matches this past week. "Quincy is a good team and is playing well," said SIUE tennis coach Bill Logan. "We hope to do well against them."

The Cougars have a record of 7-7 overall, 2-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE sits at fifth place in the league with the Hawks right behind them at sixth. "This is a important match," said Logan. "We need to get back on track."

Chris Rigdon (Glen Carbon) improved his record to 5-4 on the year, picking up two wins this past week.

Andrew Reznack (Edwardsville) leads the team with a 9-6 record at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Reznack and doubles partner Andy Renner (Belleville) have notched a 9-3 record in doubles play this season.

The Cougars and Hawks will meet today at 3 p.m. in Quincy.

DeFevers Leads Cougars At SEMO

Lindsay DeFevers (Virden) set an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in two events to lead SIUE in its first meet of the outdoor season in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

DeFevers posted a qualifying mark in both the shot put and the discus at the Gatorade Classic on the campus of Southeast Missouri State. She tossed the shot put 144 feet, 4 inches (44.00 meters). Her throw in the discus was 44-2 (13.46 meters). "It is quite an accomplishment to get on the national list in two events in the very first meet of the season," said Coach David Astrauskas.

SIUE finished 2-3-4 in the 100-meter hurdles. Freshman Asaki Carr (St. Louis) turned in the best time at 14.71. She was followed by Brittany Reeves (Hanover Park) and Valerie Simmons (St. Louis) at 14.74 and 14.90, respectively.

With an early-season meet, the Cougars didn't have high expectations for its runners. "We've been training very hard lately, so we were aware that the performances would not be as good as what they will be later in the year," said Coach Ben Beyers. "We've got to knock some rust off since most of the athletes have not competed since our indoor conference meet which was five weeks ago."

SIUE's next meet is this weekend at the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic in Charleston.

Bilbruck, Weeden Set School Records

Dustin Bilbruck (Gillespie) and Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) both set school records and set NCAA provisional qualifying marks with their performances at the Gatorade Classic in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

"It was a real good javelin competition, and Dustin was a real competitor, winning the meet on his very last throw," said Coach David Astrauskas. Bilbruck tossed the javelin 203 feet, 3 inches (61.95 meters).

Weeden, who was an All-American during the indoor season in the weight throw, threw for a new school record with a toss of 53-10.25 (16.41 meters). "He will need a better throw to make the national cut, and we will continue to work on his technique in the coming weeks to better his performances in the shot put." said Astrauskas.

Although the event was not scored for non-NCAA Division I schools, the Cougars would have scored well at the meet with several top-notch finishes.

Ryan Boyll (Normal) placed second in the 5,000-meter run at 15:24.25.

Kyle Rose (Kankakee) and Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis) placed second and third place in the 400-meter dash with times of 48.81 and 49.09.

Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 54.18.

Phil Freimuth (Effingham) took third in the high jump with a leap of 6-6.

Anthony Weber (Marengo) placed second in the pole vault at 15-6

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