MACOMB, Ill. - The Western Illinois track and field
program splits up this weekend as most of the team participates in the Ashford
Spring Classic Friday (April 6) while Chelsea Lynes
and Carianna Cottone compete at the Stanford Invitational (April
The Stanford Invitational, held at Cobb Track and Angell Field, is one of the
largest and most competitive meets in the nation. The meet features some of the
top collegiate talent from around the nation and plenty of personal bests are
Lynes gets the Fighting Leathernecks started Friday
night (8:25 p.m. CST) in the women's 1,500-meter run while Cottone competes in
the women's 10,000-meter run later in the evening (12:10 a.m. CST). Lynes
concludes Western's entries Saturday afternoon (3:34 p.m. CST) in the women's
Held at Ashford South Campus, the Ashford Spring
Classic gets underway at 3 p.m. Friday with the field events.
TIME OUT: Western Illinois recorded 28 event wins
Saturday (March 31) at the Knox Open.
MARSHALL'S PERSONAL BEST:
Sophomore Nathaniel Marshall won the men's hammer throw with the fourth best
performance in program history. His throw of 187-08 currently ranks third in
The Summit League and 67th nationally. Marshall also placed second in the shot
put (48-06.25). His season-best performance at the Tulsa Duels (49-03.75) ranks
seventh in the conference.
LARUE'S WIN: Senior Dana LaRue
won the women's shot put with a throw of 46-04.75. She also
won the competition at the Tulsa Duels with a throw of 47-04.50, which
ranks second in The Summit League rankings and 90th nationally. LaRue's
personal best effort of 48-10.75 at the 2011 Wisconsin Twilight Invitational is
fourth in program history.
HAMES' VICTORIES: Senior Paul Hames won the men's shot put with a throw of 50-09.25. He also won the discus
throw with The Summit League's fourth best toss (160-08). Hames' personal bests
in the shot put (51-00.00) and hammer throw (178-04) at the Tulsa Duels also
rank fourth in the conference.
LILES ENTERS RECORD BOOK: Senior
Jordan Liles won the men's javelin throw with a toss of 180-03 and also set a
personal best while placing second in the 400-meter dash (50.36).At the Tulsa Duels,Liles recorded the sixth farthest
javelin throw (189-04) in program history. His personal best ranks third in The
JONES WINS: Senior Lizzy Jones
won the women's hammer throw with a personal best effort of 165-02, which ranks
seventh in program history and fifth in The Summit League. Jones also won the
discus throw competition with a toss of 144-09, which ranks fifth in the
FUNCHES' PERSONAL BEST: Freshman
Matthew Funches placed second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 45-09.25.
Funches' personal best effort ranks fourth in The Summit League.
BYERS' WIN: Senior Amy Byers won
the women's 400-meter hurdles with The Summit League's second fastest time
(1:03.07). Byers' personal best time of 1:01.03 set in 2009 is the program
record. Byers also won the 100-meter hurdles at the Knox Open with a time of 15.57.
CASTEL'S PERSONAL BEST: Sophomore
Michael Castel won the men's 1,500-meter run with a personal best time of
3:57.59, which ranks fifth fastest in the conference. His previous personal
best (4:01.49) came at the 2011 Wisconsin Twilight Invitational.
WATSON'S PERSONAL BEST: Junior
Talisa Watson won the women's high jump by clearing a height of 5-03.00. Her
personal best ranks fourth in The Summit League. Watson's previous personal
best (5-01.00) was at the 2010 Summit League Championships.
LYNES' WEEK OFF: Junior Chelsea Lynes was given the weekend off by
head coach David Beauchem in preparation for her races at the Stanford
Invitational.Lynes recorded The Summit
League's fourth fastest women's 1,500-meter run time (4:40.63) at the Tulsa
Duels. Her personal best of 4:34.42 at the 2011 Payton Jordan
Invitational is seventh fastest in program history.
TAYLOR'S WEEK OFF: Junior Jamario Taylor was also given the weekend off in preparation for the Ashford Spring
Classic. Taylor won the men's high jump competition at the Tulsa Duels by clearing a personal best height of 6-09.75. His effort ranks eighth in
program history, second in The Summit League and 63rd nationally.
LEE CALHOUN MEMORIAL PROJECT BEGINS: In early October, the Western Illinois
Athletics Department and Track & Field program announced the Lee Calhoun
Memorial Plaza Project, starting with an engraved plaque on the Lee Calhoun
Statue out at the Hanson Field track. Made by Lacky Monument in Macomb, the
plaque was installed in late September. The plaque is the first addition to the
plaza that honors Lee Quency Calhoun, who was the track and field coach at
Western Illinois from 1980 until his untimely passing in 1989.
Future enhancements to the plaza will feature the permanent recognition of all
former head track and field coaches. The project coincides with the Hanson
Field renovation, which included/includes the removal of the current grass
surface and the track and field jump pits, installation of the Matrix Turf
brand artificial surface and renovation of the field events area. The
installation of a javelin runway, four new pits for the long jump and triple
jump, and redesigning the discus/shot put area will take place on the north end
of the facility.
An internationally known track and field figure, Calhoun was a two-time Olympic
gold medal winner in the high hurdles, and the first man to win successive
titles in the event. The 23rd running of the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational
is set for the weekend of April 13-14, 2012.