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April 3, 2006

SIUE Track and Field Signs Defending State Champion
        EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s and women’s track and field teams host the Cougar Classic this Friday and Saturday at Korte Stadium.
        “I’m really excited about the Cougar Classic Meet,” said SIUE women’s track and field coach Ben Beyers.  “I think this will be an extremely competitive meet.  I know our athletes are excited to run at home.”
        The Cougars began the outdoor season last weekend at the SEMO Gatorade Classic.
        “It was a very good meet for our team,” said SIUE men’s track and field coach Dave Astrauskas. “We had a lot of very good performances to open the outdoor season.”
        On the men’s side, Dustin Bilbruck (Gillespie) won the javelin with a toss of 198 feet, 10 inches (60.60 meters) to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.
        “Dustin had a pretty good throw this weekend,” said Astrauskas. “I was happy to see him get on the national list in our first meet.”
        Brian Taghon (East Moline) won the 5,000 meters in a time of 15 minutes, 11.82 seconds to get a good start to the outdoor season.
        Steve Landers (Auburn) placed third in the shot put and the discus. Landers had a throw of 49 feet, 9.25 inches (15.17 meters) in the shot put and a throw of 158 feet, 5 inches (48.29 meters) in the discus.
        Ben Willard (Manito) came in second in the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 5.25 inches (15.37 meters). Willard came in fourth in the discus with a throw of 151 feet, four inches (46.12 meters).
        Kris Kombrink (O’Fallon) set a personal best for himself as he finished second in the hammer throw. Landers had a toss of 167 feet, 10 inches (51.15 meters).
        “Steve Landers and Ben Willard both had good opening performances,” said Astrauskas. “Kris Kombrink had an impressive performance in the hammer where he nearly missed a (NCAA) provisional mark with a good throw.
        Kyle Rose (Kankakee) finished second at 400 meters with a time of 48.04.
        “Kyle came out pretty slow in the first phase of his race,” said Beyers. “He injured his hamstring at the indoor national meet a few weeks ago. His time was good though, and I’m looking for big things out of him.”
        Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) finished second in the 400 meter hurdles with a mark of 53.86.
        “Bannister had a decent debut,” said Beyers. “He’s trying to get healthy as well.”
        On the women’s side, Holly Noller (Pawnee) set a school record in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 8.57 inches (14.24 meters). Noller finished first and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the javelin with a toss of 138 feet (42.07 meters). Noller placed third in the discus with a mark of 133 feet, nine inches (40.76 meters).
        “Holly had just an unbelievable opening meet,” said Astrauskas. She had three personal bests in the shot put, javelin, and the discus. Her mark in the shot will get her into the national meet.”
        Callie Glover (Bartlett) won the hammer throw with a toss of 167 feet, seven inches (46.94 meters). Glover placed second in the discus with a throw of 134 feet, four inches (46.94 feet).
        “Callie had a pretty good opening meet,” said Astrauskas. “She hit a provisional mark in the hammer and had a personal best in the discus.”
        Deserea Brown (Flossmoor) finished first at 400 meters in a time of 56.35. Brown also won the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 1:02.19.
        “Dez had a tremendous meet,” said Beyers. “She did four events and won all four, hitting the national provisional mark in three of them (400 meters, 400-meter hurdles, and 4 x 400 meter relay).”
        Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago) finished first at 200 meters with a time of 24.79 seconds. Sawyer placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.53.
        “Tai had a phenomenal day,” said Beyers.  She’s really looking confident right now, and her work in practice has obviously started to pay some dividends.”
        The 400-meter relay team composed of Sawyer, Brown, Valerie Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.), and Angel Royston (Florissant) won the race with a time of 47.66 seconds.
        “This team ran a nice race,” said Beyers.  We’ve got to work on handoffs and things like that, but overall, this was a solid time and a good effort from this group.”
        The same four individuals that won the 400-meter relay won the 1,600-meter relay with a mark of 3:49.78.
        “This team ran a very good first race of the outdoor season,” said Beyers. 
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