Track & Field Teams in Second After Opening Day of OVC Championships
May 6, 2011
By Patrick ClarkSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
MURRAY, Ky. – The Southeast Missouri State track and field teams have put themselves in position to capture team titles after the opening day of the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at host Murray State. Both the men’s and women’s team sit in second within striking distance of the leader Eastern Illinois.
The men’s team trails the Panther by four points (64-62) followed by Tennessee State (24 points), Eastern Kentucky (20 points) and Morehead State (13 points).
The women’s team scored 53 points behind the Panthers 74 points. The Racers are in third (26 points) with Eastern Kentucky (21 points), Tennessee Tech (16 points), Tennessee State (15.50 points), Austin Peay (13 points), Morehead State (eight points) and Jacksonville State (7.5 points) following.
Both Redhawk teams were helped in part to five OVC titles on day one. Four-time OVC Outdoor Male Field Athlete of the Year Brandon Colbert led the way with his second-straight title in the shot put, winning the event with an outdoor career-best toss of 57’-2.25”.
Colbert wasn’t the only Redhawk to repeat as an OVC Champion.
Senior long jumper Tyler Terry successfully defended his title from last year with a winning leap of 24’-4.50”.
On the track, senior Jason Lumpkin won his first career outdoor OVC title. He won the grueling 10,000 meter run with a time of 31:27.86.
The women’s two titles came in the field events. Senior Briana Egbuka won her first outdoor shot put title with a heave of 45’-4.50”.
OVC Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year Samantha Espiricueta showed she deserved the recognition by winning her first OVC title in the discus. She won with a toss of 145’-3.25”.
Other top performances by the women’s team included Jessica Bollinger finishing second in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 39:07.77 to garner All-OVC honors.
Senior Monica Noble placed fifth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 11:55.28.
Senior Rachel Kahle recorded her eighth career All-OVC outdoor honor by placing second in the long jump with a distance of 18’-3.75”.
Freshman Courtney Gapelu placed third in the shot put (44’-2.75”) and sixth in the discus (132’-11.75”).
Espiricueta finished seventh in the shot put (41’-1.75”).
Sophomore Jill Schnurbusch cleared 5’-2.25” in the high jump to place seventh.
In the preliminaries of the running events, sophomore Jerika Lewis recorded the fastest time in the 400 meters (53.40) and third fastest in the 200 meters (24.32).
Kahle advanced to Saturday’s finals as well. She had the third fastest time in the 100 meters (12.02) and ninth fastest in the 200 meters (24.68).
Angelica Larrier will join Kahle in the finals of both events, running the 100 meters in 12.04 and 200 meters in 24.52.
Magan Edwards (56.77) will compete in the 400 meter finals with Lewis.
The men’s top performers included Uchtman gaining All-OVC honors after placing second in the discus with a toss of 163’-5.75”.
Kenny Hosp placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 6’-2.00”.
Senior Ryan Criglar finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 22’-5.75”.
DeAndre Simmons qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 100 meters (10.97) and 200 meters (21.81). His 200 meter time was the best of the prelims.
Alex Zisser will also compete in a Saturday final, qualifying in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.24.
The Championships conclude on Saturday with a full day of events. Live results are available on the OVC website www.ovcsports.com.