||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
Track and Field
Women's SIUE Track and Field|
May 9, 2005|
Women's Track Sweeps GLVC Championships
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's track team picked up the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Championship over the weekend.
The Cougars complete a sweep of the indoor and the outdoor championships this season, notching the indoor crown back in March.
SIUE won by 28.50 points over Indianapolis to take the championship.
"We are really happy to reach our goal of bringing home the conference championship," said SIUE women's track coach Ben Beyers. "They remembered how they felt when they lost the outdoor title last year after having won the indoor crown, so they were willing to do anything to make sure that did not occur again."
Beyers received high honors being named GLVC Women's Coach of the Year.
Valerie Simmons (St. Louis) was named GLVC Women's Athlete of the Year. Simmons won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 2.84 seconds, to better her NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Simmons was also a member of a 1,600-meter relay team that set a new conference record.
"Valerie really helped lead the team to victory," said Beyers. "She came from behind to win her second straight 400 hurdle crown. Valerie simply refused to lose and set several personal records during the competition."
Hollie Noller (Pawnee) set a new conference mark in the javelin throw with a toss of 129 feet and seven inches (39.49 meters).
Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) won the 200-meter dash with a mark of 24.55, improving her provisional qualifying mark. Sawyer also ran as a member of 400-meter relay team that set the school-record and a 1600-meter relay team that set the conference record.
"Tai really stepped up when we needed her," said Beyers. "She defended her 200 title against some very stiff competition."
Kimetha Williams (Bellevue, Neb.) came in first in the 400 meters with a time of 55.58. Williams also ran as the anchor with the conference-record setting 4x400 meter relay team.
"Kimetha had a tremendous day," said Beyers. "Her 400 was a major personal record, and her time should get her into the national meet. I know those have been big goals for her since she got to campus, so I'm just thrilled to watch her achieve them."
Asaki Carr (St. Louis) placed first to take claim of the 100-meter hurdles championship with a mark of 14.56, improving her provisional qualifying time.
"Asaki led the 1-2-3 finish in the 100 hurdles," said Beyers. "We swept the 55 hurdles indoors, as we thought we should have done outdoors last season. So, to cap it off here was very sweet."
Callie Glover (Barlett) set a school record, winning the hammer throw with a toss of 167'4" (51.00m). Lindsey DeFevers (Virden) won the discus after a throw of 140'10" (42.92 meters).
Christine Butler (Matteson) won the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet and 11.50 inches (11.57 meters).
"Christine only jumped twice in the triple jump." said Beyers. "I was holding her back a little because she has a strained hamstring. She still performed great and just missed national qualifying."
The Cougars travel to the Missouri Southern Last Chance Meet in Joplin, Mo. on Thursday. Then they head to the Emporia State Last Chance Meet on Saturday in Emporia, Kan.