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Track and Field Compete at Ole Miss

April 9, 2005

Oxford, MS - The Mississippi Invitational, held in Oxford, turned out to be a great day for many Redhawk Track and Field Athletes. The weather turned out perfect at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex for the competing teams including Ole Miss, Tulsa, Alabama, Miss. Valley State, Rust College, Middle Tennessee, South Florida, Vanderbilt, UAB, Florida, Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Tulane, Southern Illinios, Memphis, Arkansas State, UT-Martin, New Orleans, Mississippi College, Wallace State CC, Bevill State CC, Alcorn State, Western Kentucky and LSU.

For the women, Brooke Woodruff and Jen Caywood shined, both taking home first place finishes. Brooke continued her outstanding career, winning the 800m run in 2:08.61. Jen Caywood also came in first, winning the 5000m run in 17:59.82.

Also finishing strong for the Redhawk women were Kathy Coleman, 2nd in the long jump (19'6 1/2"), Jennifer Burke in the 800m run (2:11.37), and Kyra Joiner in the 400m hurdles, finishing 5th in 1:04.17.

The men's team had several outstanding performances, highlighted by top place finishes coming from Miles Smith, Brian Whitehead, Alonzo Nelson, and Brian Knippen.
 

 

Miles Smith ran his season best time in the 400m dash (45.95). He finished second, closely behind unattached runner Blakley Fernada. Several other Redhawk male athletes fell short to unattached athletes, therefore still earning them a first place finish. Alonzo Nelson finished first in the 400m hurdles (52.06). Brian Whitehead won the 5000m in 15:23.89 and Brian Knippen won the shot put with a toss of 55'4".

Second place finishes went to the men's 4X400m and 4X100m relay teams, 3:07.33 and 40.71 respectively. Bill Nekula came in third in the shot put with a throw of 53'5" along with Brad DeMattei in the steeplechase (9:41.01).

The men and women will be back in action this coming weekend for the Mississippi State Invitational.

 
 

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