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Tairisha Sawyer
Tairisha Sawyer
February 28, 2005

2005 Indoor Championships
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Women's Track and Field Captures GLVC Title
        Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated is second straight Great Lakes Valley Conference women's indoor crown on Saturday in Crawfordsville, Ind.. SIUE had six champions, six runners-up and two winners in the relays.
        SIUE won the title with 189 points followed by Indianapolis with 162. Lewis was third with 78 points.
        "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication by a lot of people," said Coach Ben Beyers. "Obviously the athletes are the ones who actually go out and perform, but the great coaching staff with coaches David Astrauskas, Eileen McAllister and graduate assistant Kevin Koller, and the entire SIUE administration all played a large part in the victory today."
        Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) was named the Outstanding Athlete of the Year after winning both the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash, setting school records in both events.
        "She's still only scratching the surface of her enormous talents. The best is yet to come if she continues to work hard," said Beyers.
        Jessica Levy (Des Plaines) walked away with hardware of her own as the GLVC's Freshman of the Year.
        Levy won at 400 meters and set an SIUE record with a time of 57.30. And that was done while battling a cold in the week leading up to the championships, according to Beyers.
        "Her grit and determination came through, and she was able to lift our team with her efforts. To say that her future is bright would be an understatement," said Beyers.
        The Cougars swept the 4X200-meter and 4X400-meter relays. "Our team certainly takes pride in the relays so it was great to see them win," said Beyers.
        SIUE had a 1-2-3 showing in the 55-meter hurdles. Valerie Simmons (St. Louis) ran away with the GLVC title with a finals run of 8.40 seconds. Brittany Reeves (Hanover Park) placed second after running the fastest preliminary time of 8.39. Asaki Carr (St. Louis) took third.
        Christine Butler (Matteson) won the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 4 inches. It was more than two feet past second-place Lori Vissing, of Indianapolis.
        Callie Glover (Bartlett) improved her national ranking and set a new school record in the weight throw, winning the GLVC title with a 54-10.75.
        "The women's weight throw was an exciting victory for us," said Coach Austrauskas. "Almost all of the SIUE women threw personal bests with Callie winning the meet on her very last throw."
        SIUE now is awaiting word on who will advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston on March 11-12. The Cougars expect to have as many as four individuals and a relay team advance.
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