Colbert & Uchtman Set School Records at Hoosier Hills Invite
Feb. 13, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Friday, February 12, 2010) – With the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships two weeks away, the Southeast Missouri State team put on a record-breaking performance at the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday. The all day meet featured 800 collegiate athletes from throughout the Midwest gathered at Gladstein Fieldhouse on the campus of Indiana University. It was the Redhawks athletes that stood out the most.
The Redhawks had 11 top-ten finishes including two individual champions. Those champions didn’t just win their events but the broke school records in the process.
Senior Brandon Colbert and junior Josh Uchtman continues their dominating indoor seasons with those two titles. Colbert won the weight throw and Uchtman took home the shot put title.
Colbert’s throw of 63’-4.75” in his first throw of the day broke his own school record. It was the third time this season he has broken the record he set during the 2008 season. It was his second weight throw title of the season.
Uchtman’s shot put throw broke Jay Heddell’s seven year old school record. His toss traveled 60’-8.00” which surpassed his previous best by nearly three feet. The distance also passes the NCAA Provisional mark. For Uchtman it was his fourth shot put title of the indoor season.
Colbert added a fourth place finish in the shot with a throw of 55’-5.00” and Uchtman placed fifth in the weight throw with a heave of 59’-3.50”.
In the sand pits senior Bilal Hameed had his best showing of the season, placing third in the triple jump with a season’s best leap of 46’-8.00”. Newcomer Chris Johnson followed in fourth with a distance of 45’-4.25”.
Junior Tyler Terry placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 22’-11.25”. Johnson placed 17th with a leap of 20’-10.50”.
Senior Chris Gill led the way on the track for the men’s team, placing second in the 400 meters with a season’s best time of 49.29. Teammate Myron Pettigrew finished 18th with a time of 50.68.
In the 200 meters, Ryan Criglar placed eighth with a time of 22.33.
Newcomer Jamere Franklin placed 16th in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.06 to close out the sprints.
The distance runners had six top-20 finishes led by junior Chris Loseman who placed 11th in the mile with a personal best time of 4:21.41. Nate Shipley (14th – 4:23.91) and Jason Lumpkin (17th – 4:25.88) rounded out the top mile runners.
In the 3,000 meter run, senior Paul Stemmerman came in at 13th with a time of 8:48.36. Freshman Tyler Mullen placed 14th with a time of 8:49.58 and Joel Krause finished 17th at 8:53.28. For Mullen and Krause, their times set new personal bests.
For the women’s team, the throwers stood out led by senior Ashley Brewer. Brewer placed sixth in the weight throw (57’-0.25’) and seventh in the shot put (47’-1.75”). Junior Brianna Egbuka set new career bests in both events with throws of 46’-10.00” in the shot and 55’-5.00” placing eighth in both events.
Senior Samantha Espiricueta also set career-bests in both events with distances of 49’-7.75” in the weight and 39’-7.25” in the shot, placing 13th and 16th respectively.
Junior Rachel Kahle was the top placer for the women’s team, finishing third in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.75 matching her season high.
Lewis and Kahle returned to the track to run the 200 meters. Lewis placed seventh with a time of 25.14 and Kahle ninth in 25.33.
In the mile run senior Szandra Pal set a new personal best with a time of 5:16.60 to place 18th.
Junior Cara Harbstreet tied for fifth in the high jump with a height of 5’-1.00”. In the long jump pits, freshman Tyler Hodges placed ninth with a distance of 16’-1.00”. Senior Audrey Harwood tied for 13th with a height of 10”-6.00” in the pole vault.
The team will host the Redhawks Invitational on Friday, February 19 at the Student Recreation Center in their final tune-up to the OVC Championships.