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April 19, 2005

Men's and Women's Track Win Cougar Classic
        The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's and women's track teams won the Cougar Classic over the weekend.
        On the men's side, the Cougars scored 258 points, more than 100 points ahead of the second place finisher. For the women, SIUE notched 311 points for a decisive win.
        "Anytime you defeat good competition by the margin that we did, it really speaks volumes as to the quality and depth of your team," said SIUE track coach Ben Beyers.
        Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) broke the 400-meter record previously set in 1985 with a time of 47.93 on Saturday.
        "Jonathan ran a very solid race," said Beyers. "Breaking that record is something that we've certainly been shooting for, and he went and executed very well."
        The men's 4x100 meter relay team of Brad Blevins (Gillespie), Chris Wright (Richton Par), Jason Hall (Chicago), and Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis), set the school record for the third time in three weeks with a time of 42.13.
        Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) bettered his NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 3.25 inches.
        On the women's side, Lee Ann Lomax (Georgetown) won the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:43.32. Lomax then won the 800 meters in 2:16.90.
        "She ran two great races on Saturday," said Beyers. "She had two personal records and showed that she's still got a lot of room for improvement."
        The Cougars will travel this weekend to Champaign for the Central Collegiate Championships on Saturday.
       
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