EDWARDSVILLE – La’Derrick Ward of Cahokia continues to enjoy a record-setting season for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s track team.
The junior soared 26 feet, 3 inches the past weekend in SIUE’s Gateway Invitational at Korte Stadium and established a school record. His winning distance is tops among NCAA Division I competitors. He’s seventh internationally in the long jump.
“La’Derrick is so deserving of his accomplishments,” SIUE coach Eileen McAllister said. “He works very hard and is an all-around asset to the program. He gives much more than just his athletic achievements.”
Ward also set a school record in the men's triple jump, taking second place in the meet with a mark of 49-1.75.
The Cougars welcome a dozen other schools to their men’s and women’s invite.
“It was truly a special day,” McAllister said. “The coaching staff did an amazing job preparing the athletes and running the meet.”
Freshman Julian Harvey also spurred the Cougars. The Edwardsville High graduate leaped a season-best 6-10.75. Teammate Jamil Mashni won the shot put (55-0.25) and placed second in the discus (153-9). Braxton Klavins was best in the 200-meters (21.2) and the 400-meters (46.81).
On the women’s side, Triad High grad Elizabeth Hampl was best in the hammer throw (195-4) and the junior took third in the shot put (43-7.25). Hampl was recently selected the OVC Athlete of the Week.
Next up are the Ohio Valley Conference championships, followed by the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We still have work to do as we prepare for OVC Championships and the post-season, but we got closer to our goals,” McAllister said.