Men's Team Finishes Second, Women Third at OVC Track & Field Championships
Feb. 27, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Saturday, February 27, 2010) - The Southeast Missouri State track and field teams came up short in their bid of capturing Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field titles on Saturday at the Gentry Center. The men's team finished second with 150.5 points and women's team recorded 93 points to finish third. Eastern Illinois, the preseason favorite and last year's champion for both the men's and women's, repeated as indoor champions.
The Panthers men finished with 178 points and the women's team won with 142 points.
The Redhawks had three individual champions on the final day of competition. Junior Tyler Terry, the OVC's defending indoor triple jump champion, repeated his rare double-double feat of capturing both indoor long and triple jump titles. His distance of 47'-7.00" on his fifth and final jump secured the triple jump title. The distance also set a season-high for the Cape Central High School product.
The Redhawks have won the last three OVC indoor triple jump titles. Senior Bilal Hameed won the triple jump during the 2008 season.
Senior Brandon Colbert, the 2008 indoor weight throw champion, edged out teammate Josh Uchtman for the title. His toss of 61'-6.75" set a new OVC Indoor Championships record and gave him his third title of the season. Uchtman's second-place throw went 59'-8.50".
The women's team picked up their lone individual title in the 400 meters. Freshman Jerika Lewis won the highly competitive event with a season's best time of 55.83.
Lewis also picked up a third place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.07, setting another season's best.
Kahle placed third in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.05 and fourth in the 200 meters with a season's best time of 25.13.
In the distance, Szandra Pal repeated her third place finish on Friday in the 5000 meter run with a third place in the 3000 meters.
The women's team got 16 points in the women's weight throw. Senior Ashley Brewer led the way with a toss of 60'-3.00" to finish second. Brianna Egbuka placed third with a heave of 55'-10.50". Senior Samantha Espiricueta added a seventh place finish with a distance of 48'-8.25".
Senior Audrey Harwood rounded out the top finishers for the women's team. She placed fourth in the ple vault with a height of 11'-6.00".
Chris Gill was the top men's sprinter, she placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 22.01 and added a fifth place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 49.43.
In the 55 meter dash, Jamere Franklin placed sixth with a time of 6.56.
The men's distance runners earned valuable points for the team on the track. Nate Shipley was the runner-up in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:42.50. Teammate Chris Loseman followed in third place with a time of 8:43.76.
In the 800 meters, sophomore Max Wieser placed sixth with a time of 1:57.50.
Triple jumper Chris Johnson set a collegiate best with a distance of 46'-4.00" to place third.
Freshman thrower Craig Robinson recorded his second top-five finish of the OVC Championships in the weight throw. He placed fourth with a heave of 52'-8.25".
Fellow freshman Jeff Wilfong rounded out the top finishers for the Redhawks. He placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 13'-6.00".
A select few of the men's and women's team will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational next weekend. The meet will be held on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and is the final meet for athletes to win a berth into the NCAA Indoor Championships.