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CARBONDALE — Kathleen Raske, the director of track and field/cross country at SIU, is leaving the program after three years to pursue other opportunities, according to a release from the school Thursday.

The Salukis won 98 all-conference honors and 16 All-American finishes during Raske's tenure, as well as a pair of top-25 NCAA finishes. The men's track team placed 14th at the 2017 NCAA indoor championships and the women took 23rd place at the 2016 NCAA outdoor championships.

"We appreciate Coach Raske's service to our institution and wish her all the best in her future endeavors," SIU interim athletic director Jerry Kill said in the statement.

A 1990 graduate of SIU, Raske was an All-American hurdler and competed in five U.S. national championships, as well as the 1992 Olympic Trials. She was inducted into SIU's Hall of Fame in 1997.

This year, shot putter Jared Kern finished ninth in the country at the NCAA outdoor championships, and two others finished just outside the top 18. Sprinter Warren Hazel finished 17th in the 400-meter dash, and thrower Ricky Hurley finished 20th in the hammer throw. 

Kern concluded a strong senior campaign in which he broke both the school and the conference shot put records, won his second Missouri Valley Conference title and claimed the MVC Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete Award. 

The women's team tied for second place at the MVC outdoor championships, while the men were fourth. The men finished third at the conference indoor championships, while the women were fourth. 

todd.hefferman@thesouthern.com

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