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Redhawks Show-up and Show-off at the Gladstein Invitational

Jan. 28, 2007

By Patrick Clark

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Bloominton, Ind. (Sunday, January 28th, 2007) - The Redhawks Indoor Track & Field again showed that they can compete with the top teams in the country with a solid performance by both the men's and women's teams at the Gladstein Invitational, hosted by Big Ten power Indiana University at Gladstein Fieldhouse this past weekend. Against a stacked field of teams that included Iowa, Michigan, Ole Miss, Memphis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Ohio State, Florida and regional rival Southern Illinois University at Carbondale the Redhawks finished with five top-10 finishes and 11 top-20 finishes.

Reigning OVC Male Field Athlete of the Week John Berry led the Redhawks with a second place finish in the long jump. Berry followed his 1st place finish at last week's Saluki Booster Invitational with a jump of 7.28 meters.

Freshman Lance Althenthal finished tied for tenth on the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.30 meters to round out the men's top-ten finishers.

The distance team of Paul Stemmerman, Mark McNamara, Danny Stults and David Reid finished eighth in the distance medley with a time of 10:34.71.

Reid, a freshman from Eureka, Missouri, also competed in the 200 meters (22.41) and 60 meter dash (7.20) finishing 22nd and 30th respectively in those events.

Fellow freshman TJ Walls continued his strong running with the team's top time in the 60 meters, finishing 21st with a time of 7.09.

Sophomore Chris Williams was the Redhawks top finisher in the 200 meters with a time of 22.19 for 13th place.

Berry and Althenthal were just two of the many impressive Redhawk finishes in the field events.

Freshman Brandon Colbert finished 11th in the shot put with a throw of 15.96 meters followed by veteran Bill Nekula (18th - 14.92 meters) and Andy Glass (25th - 14.35 meters).

Junior Ryan Doty completed the top finishers for the Redhawks with a 17th-place showing in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.91 meters.

Senior All-American Miles Smith, who has not raced since New Year's Day at the Arkansas State Kickoff Classic, did not finish his 200 meter race. His status is unknown at this time. Smith currently holds the school record in the indoor 200 meter which he set at the Arkansas State Kickoff Classic.

The women's team was led by a pair of freshmen. Brenda Whitworth and Audrey Harwood each had top-ten individual performances.

Harwood finished eighth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.35 meters. It was her second-straight top-ten performance as she finished third at the Saluki Booster Invitational.

Whitworth finished sixth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:38.73. Whitworth also helped the women's team finish fifth in the 4X400 meter relay teaming-up with fellow freshmen Stymill Conley, Jerica Hamm and sophomore Whitney Thomas for a time of 4:01.60.

Sophomore Precious Elliott finished with two top-20 individual finishes. She placed 19th in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.96 and 22nd in the 200 meters with a time of 26.53.

Thomas finished 23rd in the 60 meters (8.11) and Conley and Hamm each placed in the 200 meters. Conley finished 25th with a time of 26.60 and Hamm finished 31st with a time of 27.09.

Freshman Ashley Brewer led the team in the weight throw with a throw of 14.39, good enough for 21st place.

Both teams will take a week off before heading back to the very same Gladstein Fieldhouse to compete at the Hoosier Relays. Start time for the two-day event is 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 2.

From the Starting Block: Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois set a world and US record in the women's weight throw at the Gladstein Invitational with a toss of 24.57 meters, which bests the previous world record of 24.23 meters, set on Feb. 18, 2005, by Erin Gilreath. Both throws were recorded in Gladstein Fieldhouse.


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