CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sophomore Glenn Powell broke the school 60-meter hurdles record as Western Illinois track & field competed at the Illini Open at the U of I Armory on Saturday. The men finished in fourth place out of seven teams, while the women were sixth out of eight.
Powell edged out the previous record of 8.29 set by Karlos Kemp in 2007 by finishing in 8.28 seconds.
Senior Jamario Taylor picked up the lone win for the Leathernecks, clearing 6-09.50 in the high jump.
The University of Illinois won the meet on both the men's and women's side, finishing with 241.5 and 204 points, respectively.
The Leatherneck men finished with 51.5 points, ahead of SIU-Edwardsville, Marquette and Western Kentucky, while the women wrapped up the meet with 32 points, topping Western Kentucky and Bradley.
Nathaniel Marshall also bettered his career best in the weight throw for the third straight meet, this time with a toss of 62-05.75, second-best in program history.
Senior Dana LaRue posted another strong effort on the women's side, finishing second in the shot put (50-00.00) and fourth in the weight throw (56-05.25).
In the long jump, sophomore Cedric Cheeks picked up a second-place finish with a leap of 21-11.75.
The Leathernecks will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Northern Iowa for the Jack Jennett Invitational on Friday and Saturday.