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Order of Events
Friday, March 11
(All qualifying events with the exception of the field events.)
1:00 Men Shot Put
1:15 Women 20-pound Weight Throw
3:00 Women Long Jump
3:15 Men High Jump
5:00 Women Mile Run prelims
5:15 Men Mile Run prelims
5:15 Women Pole Vault
5:30 Men Long Jump
5:30 Women 400-Meter Dash prelims
5:45 Men 400-Meter Dash prelims
6:00 Women 60-Meter Dash prelims

6:15 Men 60-Meter Dash prelims
6:30 Women 800-Meter Dash prelims
6:40 Men 800-Meter Dash prelims
6:50 Women 60-Meter Hurdle prelims
7:05 Men 60-Meter Hurdle prelims
7:20 Women 200-Meter Dash prelims
7:35 Men 200-Meter Dash prelims
7:50 Women Distance Medley Relay
8:05 Men Distance Medley Relay

Saturday, March 12
Time Event
11:00 Women Shot Put
11:15 Men 30-pound Weight Throw
12:30 Men Triple Jump
1:15 Women High Jump
1:30 Men Pole Vault
3:00 Women Mile Run
3:10 Men Mile Run
3:15 Women Triple Jump
3:20 Women 400-Meter Dash
3:30 Men 400-Meter Dash
3:40 Women 60-Meter Dash

3:48 Men 60-Meter Dash
3:56 Women 800-Meter Dash
4:04 Men 800-Meter Dash
4:12 Women 60-Meter Hurdles
4:20 Men 60-Meter Hurdles
4:28 Women 200-Meter Dash
4:36 Men 200-Meter Dash
4:44 Women 5,000-Meter Run
5:04 Men 5,000-Meter Run
5:25 Women 1,600-Meter Relay
5:35 Men 1,600-Meter Relay

5:50 Awards Ceremonies
All final events
March 1, 2005

Men's Accepted Entry List
Women's Accepted Entry List

SIUE Track and Field To Send Large Contingent to NCAAs
        EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. — The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's and men's track and field teams will send 12 individuals to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston on March 11-12.
        Five men and five women have been accepted into the championships field and one more person on both the men's and women's side will serve as an alternate for relays. The field for the 2005 championships was announced Tuesday.
        "Half of our national contingent this year are freshmen. This obviously reflects positively on our recruiting efforts and bodes well for the future of our programs," said Coach Ben Beyers. "We've set that as a goal to become more of a national presence, and this is a very big step in that direction."
        Great Lakes Valley Conference Athlete of the Year Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) leads the way with three events. She will be running the 60-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and a leg of the 4X400-meter relay. Her individual times were among the top 10 accepted nationally.
        "After a slower start than she expected, she simply stuck to her training and her efforts have certainly been rewarded," said Beyers.
        Sawyer qualified last year at 60 meters and placed 12th, missing the finals by .07 seconds.
        Jessica Levy (Des Plaines) qualified for the 400 as an individual. She is No. 16 among 19 runners in the field. The GLVC Freshman of the Year is one of two freshmen who qualified for this event.
        Christine Butler (Matteson), a freshman, was the last student-athlete selected to compete in the triple jump. Her leap of 38 feet, 6 inches was 15th on the list.
        Sophomore Valerie Simmons (St. Louis) and freshman Kimetha Williams (Bellevue, Neb.) will join Sawyer and Levy on the 4X400-meter relay. Jenny Jaquez (Aurora), a senior, will be SIUE's alternate. SIUE posted the eighth fastest qualifying time at 3:49.13 among the 10 teams which will compete in the event.
        On the men's side, Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) will be tossing the weight throw at nationals. His consistency throughout the year may help him take his game to another level.
        "Even though Lee is a senior, the national meet will mark only the 12th time he has competed in the weight throw in his career," noted Coach David Austrauskas. "I'm looking forward to watching the competition because Lee seems to always have big throws in key situations."
        All eyes will be on the 400-meter dash as SIUE has three competitors in the race. Senior Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis), sophomore Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) and freshman Kyle Rose (Kankakee) all qualified for SIUE.
        "We take pride in that event," said Beyers. "We’ve put ourselves on the map as one of the nation’s elite programs in this area. And with our youth in that event, we’re only going to continue to improve and get better."
        The trio will be joined by freshman Ryan Nowakowski (Rochester) in the 4X400-meter relay. Wes Smith (Bloomington), also a freshman, will serve as an alternate for the Cougars. SIUE holds the sixth fastest time in the nation going into the meet at 3:15.40.
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