Track & Field To Face Elite Competition At Notre Dame, Nebraska
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 01/31/2013
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MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois track & field is set to take on elite competition this weekend, as it will be split between the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite at the University of Nebraska and the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.

The Leathernecks won five events at the Jack Jennett Invite at Northern Iowa last weekend.

Dana LaRue, Nathaniel Marshall and Jamario Taylor will be attending the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite for top level competition in field events, while 17 other student-athletes will be competing at Notre Dame's prestigious Meyo Invitational.

"This is the next step towards the conference championship," head coach David Beauchem said. "Not only do you have that intense, competitive challenge on day one, but you have to come back on the second day and be even better."

This weekend's meet marks the fourth of eight straight weekends with team meets, concluding with Iowa State's last chance invititational March 2.

Ranked teams the Leatherneck men will be competing against include #2 Florida, #7 Minnesota, #8 Indiana, #9 Auburn, #14 Wisconsin, #15 Mississippi State, #17 Mississippi, #18 Kansas State, #21 Oklahoma State, and #22 Oklahoma.

The Leatherneck women will also take on several ranked teams, including #7 Florida, #9 Central Florida, #17 Indiana State, #18 Baylor, #21 South Carolina, and #24 Auburn.

A total of 24 Division I teams will be competing at Nebraska, while 49 will be at Notre Dame.



WHO: Western Illinois at Meyo Invitational
Friday - Saturday, Feb. 1-2
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.)
VENUE: Loftus Sports Center

WHO: Western Illinois at Frank Sevigne Husker Invite
Friday - Saturday, Feb. 1-2
University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.)
VENUE: Devaney Center


TOP 60: Senior Jamario Taylor's clearance of 7-00.50 in the high jump places him in a tie for 24th nationally, as well as second in indoor program history.

Fellow senior Dana LaRue ranks in the top 60 of two events nationally, as she currently sits in 39th in the shot put (50-08.75) and 57th in the weight throw (60-03).

Also in the weight throw on the men's side, junior Nathaniel Marshall's toss of 63-10.25 is good for 24th-best in the country.

MAKING HISTORY: Sophomore Glenn Powell broke a six-year-old program record in the 60-meter hurdles 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...Powell then broke his own record this past weekend by finishing in 8.23 seconds.

ATOP THE SUMMIT: Taylor's mark in the high jump and Marshall's weight throw mark, 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 two other student-athletes who currently rank in the top three in the conference...Justin Kilpatrick jumped into second in the league and in program history in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.95...Powell's program record of 8.23 in the 60-meter hurdles is tied for second in the league.

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 has won the high jump two straight weekends.

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...Kilpatrick jumped into the program record books in the 60-meter dash, as he currently sits second all-time.

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 Iowa State next weekend for another two-day meet.
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