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Ward performs well for SIUE in meet

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior La’Derrick Ward defended his Ohio Valley Conference long jump title with a leap of 25 feet, 11.5 inches at the senior La’Derrick Ward, a Cahokia graduate, defended his Ohio Valley Conference long jump title with a leap of 25 feet, 11.5 inches at the conference championships in Clarksville, Tennessee. Ward sits fourth nationally with the season best jump and second-best jump of his career.

A season ago, Ward posted a personal best jump of 26-3, which was the best mark recorded by any athlete all season.

Ward competed in the triple jump during and claimed second place, setting a personal best and breaking his own SIUE record with a jump of 50-2.

The qualifying lists for the NCAA West preliminaries will be released Thursday at noon but Ward will have no problem making it.

The Cougars’ men’s track and field placed third in the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a strong team effort.

Greg Block won the Ohio Valley Conference crown in the hammer throw with a mark of 181-9.

Ahmad Evans placed second in the 200 meters after setting a personal best in the preliminaries. His crossed the finish line in 21.11 seconds.

Freshman Martinus Mitchell tossed a 48-10.75 heave in the shot put, earning him a second-place finish.

Julian Harvey, fresh off of his victory in the high jump in day one, placed fourth in the triple jump.

At the end of the meet, the men’s team placed third with 141.5 total points.

SIUE’s Hampl waits to hear from NCAA

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Elizabeth Hampl won the Ohio Valley Conference crown in the women’s hammer throw at Clarskville, Tenn., and now waits to see if she she makes the qualifying lists for the NCAA West preliminaries that will be released Thursday at noon.

Hampl won with a throw of 188 feet even. She is currently No. 18 on the NCAA West qualifying list.

“Hampl defended her title in the hammer,” said coach Eileen McAllister. “She is our lone senior and scored in both of her events. Conditions were less than ideal but it’s all about competing with grit and no excuses.”

LaDonna Caston earned three silver medals throughout the day. In the 100-meter hurdles, she finished with a time of 13.50. She recorded a time of 12.02 in the 100 meters and was a member of the second-place 4x100 meter team, who finished in 46.24. She also anchored the 4x400 meter relay to a fourth place finish.

The women recorded 78 points for a seventh-place finish.

McKendree women’s wrestling competes at junior nationals

The McKendree University women’s wrestling team had four individuals place in the top eight this weekend at the Body Bar UWW Junior U.S. Nationals on Sunday.

Alexis Porter was the top finisher for the Bearcats with a runner-up finish at 63kg. In the best-of-three championship, Porter pinned Mallory Velte of Simon Fraser University in 2:42 in the first bout, but lost two close decisions to finish as runner-up. Porter later wrestled Jessica Kee of King in a true-second place match, and was pinned in 3:41.

Tayler Resuriz and Jasmine Bailey earned fourth place finishes at 48kg and 63kg, respectively. Diana Nevarez ended her tournament run with an eighth place finish at 59kg.

LU-Belleville signs O’Fallon graduate for lacrosse

The Lindenwood University–Belleville lacrosse program and coach Dan Mertzlufft have announced the signing of Bryan Bouas for the 2016 season.

Bouas is a native of Shiloh and a transfer student from Missouri Baptist. While in a Spartans uniform Bouas averaged two points per game. In 2013 Bouas was named GRLC Honorable Mention all–conference.

Bouas is a graduate of O’Fallon. In 2012, Bouas was named to the Illinois High School All–Star Team. Bouas played select lacrosse with Samurai Lacrosse St. Louis.

At LU–Belleville, Bouas plans on studying criminal justice. He is the son of Kenny and Rhonda Bouas.

Cougars’ Chambers honored by coaches

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s junior pitcher Haley Chambers was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast All-Region third team.

This year’s honor marks the second All-Region selection of Chambers’ career. Last year, she was a second team selection.

The junior was selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year as well as being an All-OVC first team selection.

Chambers finished her third year with the Cougars with a 1.45 earned run average and a 25-7 record. She set the single-season record for strikeouts at 315 and is just 14 strikeouts away from becoming the career-leader at SIUE. She currently has 723 and trails Erika Taylor, who accumulated 737 from 2008-2011.

Along with her superb pitching, Chambers led the Cougars in batting average (.369), RBIs (40), and hits (69). She was tied for the team lead in home runs at nine with senior Alex McDavid.

The Cougars wrapped up their 2015 season in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, falling in the championship game 3-2. They ended their season with a record of 43-16 and a final RPI of 51.

SIUE announces summer wrestling camps

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsvillewrestling program has announced dates for its 2015 Technique/Team Camp and Intensive Camp, which will be held at the Vadalabene Center this summer.

Both camps are open to all wrestlers ages 6 to 18. To register, please visit For more information, contact SIUE Wrestling at 618-650-5211.

The camps will be led by SIUE coach Jeremy Spates, along with assistant coaches Tommy Owen, Matt Lester, and Logun Taylor. Current SIUE wrestlers will serve as camp clinicians. World Team member and two-time NCAA Division I champion Teyon Ware also will be featured.

The Technique/Team Camp will be held July 6-10. The cost is $250 for a commuter and $375 for those needing housing. The camp includes three sessions of wrestling each day.

The Intensive Camp is a 10-day camp limited to 35 wrestlers. The cost per camper is $500 for commuters and $750 for those needing housing. The camp includes top-level technique, live matches, intensive college-level drills, nutritional information, and weightlifting sessions. It also covers all styles (folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman.)

Both camps include instruction, meals, and a camp T-shirt.