MACOMB, Ill. - Western
Illinois track & field continues its indoor season as it travels to the Iowa State Classic and the Fighting Scot Invitational this weekend.
The Leathernecks are coming off a weekend in which they took on elite competition at Nebraska and Notre Dame.
18 student-athletes will be traveling to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic, while 31 will be at Monmouth, Ill. at the Fighting Scot Invitational.
"We have to try to keep progressing through the conference and be ready in two weeks for the Summit League Championship," third-year head coach David Beauchem said. "I think the Monmouth meet is very important for us as far as the conference championship goes to see that progression through the depth in our team."
WHO: Western Illinois at Iowa State Classic
WHEN: Friday - Saturday, Feb. 8-9
LOCATION: Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)
VENUE: Lied Recreational Center
WHO: Western Illinois at Fighting Scot Invitational
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9
LOCATION: Monmouth College (Monmouth, Ill.)
VENUE: Huff Athletic Center
Also in the weight throw on the men's side, junior Nathaniel Marshall's toss of 63-10.25 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 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.
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...At Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, Michael Castel made his season debut in the 3,000-meter run and jumped into fourth in school history with a time of 8:30.02...Alycia Thurston also entered the record books, as she ranks eighth in the 5,000-meter run after finishing in 17:58.89.
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 City next weekend to compete in the University of Iowa Invitational.