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      Truman State track gets ready for the GLVC Outdoor Championships

      The Truman Track & Field teams will compete in their first Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Championships this weekend on the campus of Lewis (Ill.) University in Romeoville, Illinois. The meet begins on Friday.

      Provisional Bulldogs: Three Bulldogs have hit provisional marks in four events so far this spring.

      Emma Burditt is ranked 30th in the nation and third in the GLVC in the 3000 meter Steeplechase.

      Burditt ran 11:14.40 at the season opening Washington University Open in late March. She trails Jordan Mornout (11:10.90) and Augusta Schrader (11:11.53) of Southern Indiana on the conference performance list.

      Rebecca Nelson provisionally qualified in two events at the Kansas Relays.

      She posted a school record 4982 points en route to winning the Heptathlon and has the most points by a GLVC performer this year in the combine events.

      Megan Marchildon (4963) is the returning defending champion of the Heptathlon from host Lewis University. Nelson also has the top mark in the Javelin.

      Nelson's 134-11 during the Heptathlon at Kansas is by far the best mark in the league this year over fellow Bulldog Lexie Rollet (122-08). Nelson is 30th in the nation in the Javelin.

      Matthew Smith is one of four GLVC Shot Putters to qualify provisionally this spring.

      Smith is ranked fourth in the conference at 52-08.75, set at the Jim Duncan Invitational in early April. He will be battling three other qualifiers all for the University of Indianapolis in seniors Ryan Smith (57-06.50), defending outdoor champion Joshua Bridwell (56-08.50) and Shane Wyatt (52-11.50).

      Defending Titles: Sydney Cornett will be looking to defend her indoor GLVC High Jump championship in the elements this weekend.

      Cornett outlasted 13 other jumpers to clear 5-04.25 to win in Indianapolis and become Truman's "first" GLVC champion.

      She has the league's top mark in the outdoor season at 5-04.50 just ahead of Nelson (5-04.25) and fifth-ranked Holly Neubauer (5-02.25).

      Relays: The Truman women have posted the second-best time in the 4x400 meter relay at 3:55.28, behind Lewis' 3:47.22 and the third fastest in the 4x100 at 48.21 behind Indianapolis' 47.13 and Lewis' 47.21.

      The Bulldog men have the second fastest time in the 4x100 at 41.50 just shy of the provisional time of 41.20 and behind the leader McKendree (Ill.) at 41.08. In the 4x400, Truman is ranked third at 3:18.71 behind Lewis' 3:15.22 and Bellarmine's 3:15.95.

      Men's Top Performers: Dominic Kacich has the league's fourth fastest time in the 200 at 21.59 and the third best in the 400 at 48.05.

      He will be trying to dethrone, three-time champion in the 400, Robert Gardner III (47.67) of the University of Indianapolis.

      Matthew Schaefer is ranked third in the 800 with a time of 1:54.47. He will be up against Lewis' Matt Jemilo (1:52.14) and defending 800 champion Mike Fauser (1:53.89) of Saint Joseph's (Ind.).

      Zack Thomas is also ranked third in the 400 meter hurdles. Thomas (54.37) will contend with Indianapolis' Jermel Kindred (51.92) and defending champion Kevin Dorenkamper (53.39) of Lewis.

      Courtesy Truman State University