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Southeast Missouri State Hosts Gatorade Classic Track Meet

March 28, 2005

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - There will be 24 collegiate track and field teams entered in the 24th annual Gatorade Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Abe Stuber Track & Field Complex on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

There will be two divisions, one for Division I teams and one for non-Division I teams. Division I entries include men's and women's teams from Illinois State, Southern Illinois-Carbondale, UMKC, Murray State, Memphis, Western Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Austin Peay will enter a women's team and Tennessee State a men's team.

In the non-Division I group will be men's and women's teams from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Southern Indiana and Harding and a men's team from Rend Lake and a women's team from Missouri Baptist.

There will be a team champion for men and women in each group and an overall team champion, combing men's and women's team scores.

Last season, SMS won the women's meet with Rend Lake claiming the men's meet and Southeast Missouri winning the overall title.

"We are looking forward to an outstanding weekend of track and field," said Southeast coach and meet director Joey Haines. "In the women's competition, SIU should be favored with our women in the hunt. SIU won the Missouri Valley Conference indoor title while the Southeast women won the Ohio Valley Conference indoor title. In the men's Division I competition, Southeast, second at the OVC indoor, should challenge for the title with Illinois State and SIU also bringing strong teams.

"Rend Lake has perhaps the best junior college team in the nation and should be favored in the men's non-Division I group while Missouri Baptist and Southern Indiana have strong women's teams."

The 24th annual Gatorade Classic begins on Friday, 4 p.m., with the hammer throw competition and women's triple jump. Saturday's events begin at 11 a.m.



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