MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois track & field travels to the University of Northern Iowa this weekend, taking on a number of regional competitors at the Jack Jennett Invite at the UNI-Dome on Friday and Saturday.
The Leathernecks are coming off a trip to the Illini Open, at which the men finished fourth out of seven and the women were sixth out of eight.
"I think our experienced sophomores and juniors have been doing a pretty good job, and obviously our seniors are really setting the tone for everybody," head coach David Beauchem said. "This weekend we'll have nearly the entire team competing. Things have been progressing very well."
This weekend's meet marks the third of eight straight weekends with team meets, concluding with Iowa State's last chance invititational March 2.
"We've been in some competitions with significant challenges against national level competition," Beauchem added. "This weekend we're going to see a number of teams more like ours - a little more even-level competition for us to really find out where we are and give us an idea for the conference meet."
Other participating teams this weekend include Northern Iowa, Drake, Omaha, Indiana State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Wisconsin-Platteville.
WHO: Western Illinois at Jack Jennett Invite
WHEN: Friday - Saturday, Jan. 25-26, 2013
LOCATION: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Also in the weight throw on the men's side, junior Nathaniel Marshall's toss of 62-05.75 is good for 28th-best in the country.
MAKING HISTORY: Sophomore Glenn Powell broke a six-year-old program record in the 60-meter hurdles last weekend at the Illini Open as he finished in 8.28 seconds...He edged out the previous record of 8.29 set by Karlos Kemp in 2007.
ATOP THE SUMMIT: Taylor's mark in the high jump, as well as both of LaRue's tosses in the shot put and weight throw, are currently best in The Summit League...The men's team has three other student-athletes who currently rank in the top three in the conference...Jason Crisman is tied for third in the league in the shot put with a toss of 52-01.25...Powell's program record of 8.28 in the 60-meter hurdles is tied for third in the league...Marshall's weight throw mark is also good for the second spot.
WINNING WAYS: Senior Talisa Watson opened the season with a pair of wins at the Redbird Open...She finished the 60-meter hurdles in a career best time of 8.99, and also cleared 5-3 in the high jump for another career best...At the Iowa Open, Chelsea Lynes won her season debut in the 1,000-meter run, while Brandon Clabough picked up his first collegiate victory in the pole vault...Taylor leaped 6-09.50 to win the high jump at the Illini Open.
INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Several Leathernecks found their way into the record books early in the season, in addition to Powell's new program record...Marshall moved from fourth to second-best in the weight
throw...Tynan Murray's high jump leap of 6-08.75 places him for a tie for 10th all-time...LaRue moved into fourth in the weight throw after the Iowa Open...Zach Glasebrook finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.51, eighth in school history...Watson's time of 8.99 in the 60-meter hurdles ranks seventh in program history
PRESEASON POLL: Both the men's and women's squads were projected to finish fifth in the league...The men were tabbed fifth out of sixth teams, ahead of Oakland and behind NDSU, South Dakota, SDSU, and Kansas City...The women were ranked fifth out of eight teams, ahead of Oakland, Omaha, and Fort Wayne, and behind NDSU, South Dakota, SDSU, and Kansas City.ON DECK: The Leathernecks will travel to South Bend, Ind. for Notre Dame's prestigious Meyo Invitational on Feb. 1 & 2.