Track and Field
SIUE Track and Field|
February 5, 2005|
Weeden Breaks 60-foot Barrier
Lee Weeden became Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's first person to record a toss of 60 feet in the indoor weight throw and broke the school record twice over the weekend's events.
Weeden began his quest on Friday with a throw of 59-5 (18.11 meters) at the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale on Friday. He then ventured up to the Titan Open in Bloomington and muscled his way to a throw of 60-3.75 (18.38 meters). It is the third longest toss among those qualifying for the NCAA Division II indoor championships.
Weeden also improved his shot put markto 51-7.75 (15.74 meters).
Anthony Weber became the 11th person in the nation to post a provisional NCAA qualifying mark in the pole vault. He set a school record at 15-5.75.
On the women's side, Tairisha Sawyer and Jessica Levy set school records in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, respectively. Sawyer broke Levy's record in the 200 by running 25.54. Levy broke her own record in the 400 by running 57.30. Both marks improve NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
The women's 4 X 400-meter relay team also sprinted to a improved time to qualify for the national meet. The group of Levy, Valerie Simmmons, Sawyer and Jenny Jaquez ran the event in 3:53.29. The Cougars placed third at the McDonald's Invitational but bested Division I schools Vanderbilt, Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Illinois.