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Christine Butler
Christine Butler
May 17, 2005

SIUE Women's Track and Field Sends Four To Nationals
        EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's track and field team will send four individuals to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships at Abilene Christian University's Elmer Gray Stadium in Abilene, Texas, on May 26-28.
        The Cougars notched the Great Lakes Valley Conference Track and Field Outdoor Championship two weeks ago in Romeoville.
        "Im happy with the group we have going to nationals," said SIUE women's track coach Ben Beyers.
        Christine Butler (Matteson) leads the way for the Cougars in the triple jump. Butler ranks 12th nationally with a leap of 39 feet and 3.75 inches (11.98 meters) heading into the event.
        Butler claimed All-American status in the triple jump during the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
        "Shes suffered through some nagging injuries this year, but she has just continued to stay focused on the ultimate objective," said Beyers. "Im sure shell be ready to perform at a high level again this time."
        Kimetha Williams (Bellevue, Neb.) qualified in the 400-meter dash for the Cougars. Williams is No. 12 nationally after her time of 55.58 on May 7th.
        "Kimetha is running very strong right now," said Beyers. "She is brimming over with confidence. Im excited to see her reach this goal of getting to nationals because she certainly has worked for it."
        Callie Glover (Barlett) qualified for the hammer throw. She is No. 15 among 18 athletes in the field. Glover's toss of 169-6.50 (51.67 meters) set a new school record on May 12.
        "Callie has been coming on real strong the last couple of weeks," said SIUE track coach Dave Astrauskas. "I look for Callie to do well at the NCAAs because she has experinced national competition during her freshman year."
        Asaki Carr (St. Louis, Mo.), a freshman, will compete in the 100 meter hurdles. Carr's time of 14.33 seconds ranks 21st in the field.
        "Asaki has really come on and is setting personal records nearly every race," said Beyers. "She was a very good hurdler in high school, but we had to correct some mechanical flaws she had developed. Shes keeping the Cougar hurdle tradition rolling."
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