MACOMB, Ill. - The Western Illinois track & field team is heading to the Fighting Scot Invitational at Monmouth (Ill.) on Saturday (May 4).
The Leathernecks will use this weekend's meet to prepare for next weekend's Summit League Championship at Fort Wayne, from May 9-11.
WHAT: Western Illinois track & field at Fighting Scot Invitational
WHEN: Saturday, May 4
LOCATION: Monmouth, Ill.
VENUE: April Zorn Memorial Stadium
TOP 75: A trio of Leathernecks currently hold marks in the top 75 nationally in the outdoor season...Jamario Taylor leads the way, as he sits 48th in the high jump (6-11.75)...Dana LaRue ranks 73rd in the shot put with a toss of 49-11.00...Nathaniel Marshall jumped up to 68th in the hammer throw with a toss of 196-11.
HOME SWEET HOME: Western Illinois recently held the 24th annual Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational...The Leathernecks had a successful meet, as the men finished third out of 20 squads and the women were fifth out of 15 teams.
RETURNING CHAMP: Jamario Taylor is one of just four returning event champions on the men's side in the Summit League...Taylor, who also won the 2013 indoor title, is the reigning outdoor high jump champion.
PRESEASON POLL: The men were picked to finish fifth out of seven teams, while the women are projected seventh out of nine teams...Coming off a sixth-place finish in 2012, the men received 18 points in the poll, just five behind third-place Kansas City...The women's team, which finished sixth last year, received 25 points, just one behind Oakland...North Dakota State was projected to win on both the men's and women's sides.
RECORD HOLDERS: A pair of Leatherneck men currently hold the outdoor program records in their respective events...Michael Castel set the program's top 3,000-meter run mark last year with a time of 8:34.13...Taylor sits in a tie for first place, after clearing 7-00.50 in the high jump during the 2012 outdoor season.
INDOOR ALL-LEAGUE: Western had seven competitors earn All-Summit League honors at the Summit League Championship meet...Jamario Taylor, Nathaniel Marshall, and Dana LaRue all were conference champions...Zach Glasebrook earned a second-place heptathlon finish with a program record points total...Justin Kilpatrick finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92...Talisa Watson added a runner-up finish in the high jump by clearing 5-08.00...Tynan Murray rounded out the all-conference finishers with a clearance of 6-06.00 to finish third in the high jump.