The Cougars recorded a total of eight personal records during the Illini Classic on Jan. 26.
“We’re all in heavy training cycles right now, so to go out there and get a personal best is always a good thing, and we aim to have our best performances at the end of the season, so we absolutely anticipate increases in performances as the season goes on,” Head Coach Scott Block said.
SIUE freshman Ethan Poston earned a mark of 6-08.75 in the men’s high jump and secured for the event.
SIUE junior Aly Goff set a season-best time of 2:22:07 in the women’s 800-meter. Junior Jalea Paslay ran a time of 2:21:48 in the women’s 800, a personal best and earned seventh overall.
The men’s long distance also performed well. Junior Austin Woodard continued his personal-record streak by running 8:46:85 in the 3K, beating his previous personal best of 8:58:34. Senior Matt O’Connor earned third overall in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:54:66, also earning him a season-best. Senior Landon Skelly earned a season-best, running an 8:48:24 in the 8K.
Men’s shot put saw two personal records for junior John Barnes with 14.11 meters and junior Austin Lynch with 14.44 meters. Women’s freshman Alexis Hutchins threw a 45 feet, 3.75 inches for a personal record. Hutchins placed seventh overall.
“All of our groups have to keep training and progressing in their own way. We have a couple of big meets coming up and still be facing good competitions, so that should be a good spot for everyone to have personal bests,” senior distance runner Ben Scamihorn said.
The Cougars will go back on the road for the Meyo Invitational, hoping to continue building momentum.
Looking ahead, the coaches are focused on building upon the individual performances and to keep striving for the best outcomes.
“We are just at that point of the season where everybody is finding their rhythm in their training and competing and we’re looking to improve upon the next couple of weeks leading into conference,” Assistant Coach Kayla Brown said.
The Meyo Invitational will be held 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in Notre Dame, Indiana.