Track and Field Compete at OVC Championships
Feb. 27, 2005
Charleston, Ill - The Redhawk women captured their second consecutive indoor title at the 2005 O'Reilly Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Championships in Charleston, Ill. The men fell short to Eastern Illinois, placing second in a close battle.
Southeast's women recorded 155 points, while Eastern Illinois finished second with 119.5. Tennessee State placed third with 91 points, followed by Samford (79), Eastern Kentucky (78), Jacksonville State (36), Austin Peay (23), Murray State (23), Tennessee Tech (14.5) and Morehead State (4).
EIU's men had 189 points while Southeast took a close second with 175 points. Eastern Kentucky finished in third (112), followed by Samford (51), Tennessee State (48), Morehead State (39) and Murray State (3).
Freshman Kathy Coleman added to her postseason awards with the OVC Female Athlete of the Championship honor. She won the 60-meter title and took first in the triple jump. Coleman also took second in the long jump.
Coach Joey Haines was named the women's OVC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
On the women's side, several athletes earned medals for finishes in the top three of their event. Kathy Coleman took home two gold medals - one in the 60-meter dash (7.62) and another in the triple jump (40'04.75). Defending their previous OVC titles were Brooke Woodruff and Lindsay Zeiler. Woodruff took home another win in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:12.29. Zeiler won the mile run in 5:06.09. The Distance Medley Relay consisting of Woodruff, Zeiler, Jennifer Burke and Taryn Phillips also won, finishing the race in 12:12.55.
Taking home the silver were Jennifer Caywood in the 5000-meter run (18.07.09), Heather West in the triple jump (39'08"), Michelle Jett in the pole vault (11'11.75"), and Kathy Coleman in the long jump (19'5.25"). The mile relay team consisting of Woodruff, LaQuita Andrews, Juanita Coleman, and Donniece Parrish placed second as well.
Bronze medals went to Lindsey Meyr in the long jump (19'02.50"), Caywood in the 3000-meter run (10:20.25), Jennifer Burke in the 800-meter run (2:15.73) and Nichole Portell in the shot put (42'06.25") and weight throw (49'04.25").
The men's side had many strong performances highlighting the weekend. Sophomore standout Miles Smith took home the gold in the 400-meter dash, winning in a time of 48.47. Brian Knippen won the men's shot put with a throw of 55'07.50" and Daniel Jones took home his second OVC weight throw title with a throw of 56'01". The mile relay team including Smith, Walter Washington, Alonzo Nelson and Chaz Brown continued their hot streak, easily winning in a time of 3:17.82.
Second place finishes went to Nelson in the 60-meter hurdles (8.29), Smith in the 200-meter dash (22.04), Andrew Lambert in the high jump (6'05.50") and Knippen in the weight throw (55'10.25").
Finishing third for the Redhawks were Brian Whitehead in the 5000-meter run (15:12.63) and Tim Jefferson in the 60-meter dash. The distance medley relay team including Nelson, Brad DeMattei, Danny Stultz and Kirk Nesbit took home a bronze also in a time of 10:31.89.