Uchtman Leads Top Performers at Day Two of SASF Invitational
Jan. 16, 2010
CARBONDALE, Ill. (Saturday, January 16, 2010) - The Southeast Missouri State indoor track & field teams wrapped up their first indoor meet of the calendar year on a strong note as they recorded 20 top-ten finishes on the second and final day of the SASF Invitational at the SIU Student Recreation Center on Saturday. Included in the top finishes was an individual title in the shot put for the men’s team.
Junior thrower Josh Uchtman captured his first individual title of the season with a throw of 58’-4.75”. The toss surpassed the NCAA Provision Qualifying mark for the Indoor Championships. The throw also ranks third on the school’s all-time list.
Senior Brandon Colbert held the previous No. 3 spot on the list. He finished sixth in the shot with a heave of 53’-3.50”. Freshman Craig Robinson placed ninth with a toss of 50’-0.50”.
The men’s distance runners showed they were in mid-season form as they went 2-3-4 in the 3,000 meter run. After struggling with injuries since April, senior Paul Stemmerman looked strong as he topped the Redhawks finishers with a time of 8:47.25. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference Male Freshman of the Year Nate Shipley finished third in 8:56.85. Chris Loseman was third with a time of 8:57.22.
Sophomore Joel Krause looked strong as well in the 3,000 meters. He won his heat and finished 12th overall with a time of 9:11.83.
Krause and Loseman pulled double-duty as both ran the mile. Loseman finished eighth with a time of 4:27.28 followed by Krause in ninth at 4:28.07.
Sophomore Max Wieser was the team’s top finisher in the 800 meters with a time 1:59.03.
The sprinters also contributed to the team success. Ryan Criglar and Robert Delaria placed eighth and ninth respectively in the 200 meter dash. Criglar crossed the finish line in 22.92 and Delaria tied for tenth with a time of 22.93.
Senior Chris Gill was the top runner in the 400 meters. He placed tenth with a time of 50.99. Criglar placed 12th with a time of 51.32.
Senior Bilal Hameed made a successful return to the sand pits after a year off. His leap of 44’-11.00” placed him eighth.
On the women’s side, newcomer Jerika Lewis led the way in the sprints. She placed fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.56. Senior Jerica Hamm finished 19th among the 76 runners competing in the 200.
The distance runners stood out as they recorded two of the Redhawks seven top-ten finishes for the women’s team. Senior Szandra Pal covered 3,000 meters in 10:44.87 finishing eighth. Monica Noble was tenth with a time of 11:11.10.
Senior Linnea Woldtvedt placed 11th with a time of 11:19.08 in the 3,000.
Pal wasn’t done with the distance running though. She finished 15th in the mile run with a time of 5:25.17.
In the 800 meters Lanie Haertling placed 18th with a time of 2:29.28.
In the pits, sophomore Shemeika Brewer finished second with leap of 38’-0.25”.
Junior Cara Harbstreet took home a top-ten finish with a two-way tie for sixth in the high jump. She cleared 5’-2.25”. The Redhawks hit the road again this coming weekend as they head to Charleston, Illinois to compete in the EIU Mega Meet on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, on January 23.