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February 11, 2009|
SIUE Track and Field Heads to Hoosier Hills
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's and women's track and field head to Indiana University Friday for the Hoosier Hills indoor meet.
SIUE Coach Dave Astrauskas takes his Cougars to a banked indoor track, which should provide for some speedy performances.
"We're trying to improve on times we've already run this year. We go up against some quality teams this week, and we just want to get better," said Astrauskas.
Three school records have been tied or broken so far this season for the women's team.
Kayla Brown (Petersburg), a junior, set the new standard at 3,000 meters in a time of 10 minutes, 6.33 seconds and at 5,000 meters with a time of 17:44.05. Freshman Dana Fischer (Nashville) tied the school best in the pole vault at 10 feet.
On the men's side, Scott Block (Hanover Park) has continued to impress. Block has come close to his personal bests in the weight throw and the shot put. Astrauskas said Block, the school-record holder in both events, is due to break his own best marks.
The Cougars also have picked up strong performances during the indoor season from Chris Littleton (Champaign) and Kyle Cameron (East Moline).
"I think Chris has set personal bests in every meet so far this season," said Astrauskas. Cameron is also the team leader in three events - the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.
SIUE's improvement as the season has continued provides for team pride.
"It (the improvement) is due to the strong dedication of our athletes. We've faced good competition week in and week out, which has allowed them to post these performances," said Astrauskas.
One team goal, according to the Cougar coach, is to break the distance medley relay record of 12:27.64 set back in 2004. Astrauskas said he thinks the foursome of Coreen Ellis (St. Louis), Juliet Alrich (Carpentersville), Maggie Krall (Bloomington), and Brown have a good chance at setting new standard.
After Friday's meet, SIUE next travels to Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Feb. 20.