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Anthony Weber
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May 16, 2005

Track and Field Sets More Records
        Just one week removed from winning the men's and women's Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track Championships, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville track teams continued to set records.
        The Cougars competed at Missouri Southern, Emporia State, and Lindenwood, in preparation for the NCAA Championships held on May 26-28 in Abilene, Tex.
        SIUE expects to learn which Cougar competitors have earned a spot at the national championships on Tuesday.
        "I'm very happy with our efforts this past weekend," said SIUE women's track coach Ben Beyers.  "We had several people solidify their positions on the national list, and we even had a couple jump up from not even being on the list to earning a spot in the meet. It was amazing to watch the efforts pay off so big for those athletes."
          On the men's side, Anthony Weber (Marengo) set a new school record in the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet and 4.75 inches (5.01 meters). His jump ranks him 10th in the NCAA this year.
        "I'm very pleased with Anthony's performance," said SIUE men's track coach David Astrauskas. "He has been very consistent for us all year long."
        Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) set a new school-record in the shot put with his mark of 56-5.25 (17.19m), and he now is eighth in the NCAAs in that event.
        "Lee had a big performance in the shot put at Missouri Southern and also threw very well in the shot put at ESU," said Astrauskas. "It is nice to see him throw over 55' in two consecutive meets heading into nationals."
        Phil Freimuth (Effingham) and Dustin Bilbruck (Gillespie) both had great performances in the javelin. Freimuth set the school record with a throw of 205-1 (62.51m). Bilbruck set a person best with a toss of 204-1 (62.20m).
        "Phil has been injured most of the year and had not even posted a provisional qualifying mark this season," said Astrauskas. "Hopefully we can get a little more runway work in before nationals. Dustin has been training hard all season long, and he had a big throw at the qualifying meet this weekend."
        On the women's side, Callie Glover (Barlett) set a new school record in the hammer. Her toss of 169-6 (51.67meters) ranks her 16th in the NCAA.
        "Callie has been coming on strong as of late," said Astrauskas. "She had an even better performance at the qualifying meet this weekend. This will be her second national appearance so she is familiar with the national setting."
        Holly Noller (Pawnee) set a season high in the javelin with a throw of 137-6 (41.91meters). The mark also places her on the NCAA provisional list in the event.
        "Holly had a great day in the javelin at ESU, said Astrauskas. "She bettered her season best performance by nearly eight feet."
        Christine Butler (Matteson) set a season high in the triple jump with a leap of 39-3.75 (11.98m).
        "Christine really dug deep and popped out some big jumps on the last day to put up a qualifying mark," said Beyers.  "As an indoor All-American from this season, I know she had some big goals coming into the outdoor season. I'm glad she'll be able to get to the outdoor national meet."
        The women's 1,600 meter relay team broke the school record this weekend. The team set a new time of 3:47.70 at the Missouri Southern Invitational.
        The ladies really dedicated themselves to earning their spot into the national meet again," said Beyers.  "They really stepped it up and have given themselves a chance to be included in the national meet once again in what is quickly becoming our signature event."
       
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