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Ward Punches Ticket to NCAA Championship with First Place Finish2015-05-29 09:35:00 SIUE.edu
SIUE senior La’Derrick Ward finished first in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championship with the No. 1 mark in the country and a personal best 26 feet, 8.5 inches in the long jump. Ward will move on to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon, June 10-13.
Despite several lightning delays, Ward managed to best his former SIUE record and win by over six inches.
“La’Derrick had a terrific series,” said Head Coach Eileen McAllister. He was behind the board on his first jump and rushed the finish on his third jump, but all three had the distance. He showed poise through all the weather delays.”
Senior Elizabeth Hampl broke her SIUE record in the hammer throw with a personal best of 200 feet, 2 inches. She finished her SIUE career with a 15th place finish in the preliminary round.
Ahmad Evans fell .04 seconds shy of moving on to the next round in the 100 meters, but broke the SIUE record and set a personal best at 10.38 seconds.
Evans will compete in the 200 meters in day two of the event.
Jessica Oranika finished 27th in the 400 meters with a time of 54.36. Although the junior will not move on in the 400, she will get another chance to qualify for nationals in the 200 meters.
The schedule for the rest of the meet is as follows:
Friday, May 29
5:00 p.m. – La'Donna Caston (women's 100-meter hurdles prelims)
8:00 p.m. – Jessica Oranika and Brittany Thomas (women's 200 meter prelims)
8:25 p.m. – Ahmad Evans and Darius Smith (men's 200 meter prelims)
Saturday, May 30
7:05 p.m. – LaDonna Caston (women's 100-meter hurdles quarterfinal)
7:35 p.m. – Jessica Oranika and Brittany Thomas (women's 200 meter quarterfinal)
7:50 p.m. – Ahmad Evans and Darius Smith (men's 200 meter quarterfinal)
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SIUE?s Becherer Promoted to Director of Campus Recreation2015-05-29 08:50:00 SIUE.edu
Keith Becherer has been appointed director of Campus Recreation at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville after a national search led by Kelly Jo Karnes, director of SIUE’s Kimmel Student Involvement Center, and her search committee. Becherer has served as interim director of the department since January 2015.
“Keith brings a wealth of institutional knowledge along with familiarity of the needs of our campus community to the position,” said Narbeth Emmanuel, SIUE vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “His passion for SIUE and commitment to the student experience is unquestioned. We fully expect that Keith and his staff will continue to provide a wealth of services and programming to meet the demands of our student population.”
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the successful candidate,” Becherer said. “I know the tremendous responsibility that comes with this position, and I will work tirelessly to meet the needs of our students in all aspects of operation.
“SIUE has been on an amazing upward trajectory the past few years. I am excited to continue to be a part of this outstanding institution as we continue towards our vision of achieving greater national and global recognition.”
Since the beginning of his service in SIUE’s Department of Campus Recreation nearly 13 years ago, Becherer has held positions as a graduate assistant, recreation specialist and assistant director of recreational programs. He has also served as president of the University Staff Senate.
As director, Becherer will manage multiple University facilities, including the Student Fitness Center, Activity Center, Outdoor Recreational Sports Complex, Cougar Lake Recreation Area, SIU School of Dental Medicine Fitness Zone and satellite fitness rooms located in the residence halls.
“Although I have a great familiarity with the department, I will work to gain even greater knowledge of our entire operation, as well as listen to suggestions and feedback from the staff,” he said. “We have multiple exciting initiatives underway that will further enhance the recreational experience at SIUE.”
Becherer achieved a bachelor’s in organizational communication from Xavier University and a master’s in education, kinesiology from SIUE in 2004.
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