Track & Field Teams Finish in Second Place at OVC Championships
May 7, 2011
By Patrick Clark
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information
MURRAY, Ky. - The Southeast Missouri State men's and women's track and field teams came up short in their title bids at the final day of the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.
Eastern Illinois repeated as both the men's and women's champions for the third-straight season.
The quest for the women's title came down to the final three events as the Panthers narrowly edged the Redhawks 185-181. Eastern Kentucky finished third with 136 points followed by Jacksonville State (106.5), Murray State (48), Austin Peay (44), Tennessee State (34.5), Tennessee Tech (25) and Morehead State (16).
On the men's side the Panthers won with 266 points followed by the Redhawks with 150 points. The Colonels placed third with 92 points with Tennessee State (74) and Morehead State (32).
Both Redhawk teams combined for eight individual titles in day two to bring their two-day haul to 13.
The women's team took home five of the eight titles.
OVC Female Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year Samantha Espiricueta won her third-straight OVC javelin title with a throw of 154'-11.75".
Senior Brianna Egbuka defended her hammer throw title from last season with a toss of 169'-10.25".
After sitting out last year's Outdoor Championships, Shemeika Brewer returned in grand fashion by winning the triple jump with a leap of 41'-6.00" breaking her own school record. It was her second outdoor triple jump title after taking the title as a freshman in the 2009 championships.
Sophomore Jerika Lewis won the 400 meter title and broke the school record with a 53.40 mark. Lewis ranks 25th in the nation in the 400 meter run this year.
On the men's side, OVC Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year Brandon Colbert picked up his second title of the championships by defending his hammer throw title. He won the event with a toss of 203'-7.00".
Newcomer Ed Draper brought the javelin title back to Southeast Missouri with a career-best heave of 194'-9.50". That throw ranks seventh on the school's all-time charts.
Junior DeAndre Simmons won the 100 meter dash title with a time of 10.69, setting a new personal best in the process. He later added a runner-up finish in the 200 meters with a time of 21.34.
Colbert was the runner-up to Draper in the javelin with a heave of 157'-6.25".
Joel Krause gave the Redhawks three of the top five finishers in the javelin, placing fifth with a throw of 147'-3.00".
Jeff Wilfong finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing 14'-11.25".
Criglar, Delaria and Simmons joined Max Wieser to finish second in the 4X400 meter relay, finishing in 3:22.69.
Delaria placed sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 49.33.
Jared Siemers finished fifth in the hammer with a toss of 161'-9.25".
Anthony Crawford placed sixth in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing in 16.30.
The top women finishers, included Jessica Bollinger, who took home her second runner-up finish in as many days. She placed second in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 17:52.04. She also ran the 1,500 meters and placed seventh (4:52.41).
Espiricueta was fourth in the hammer with a toss of 151'-1.50".
The team of Kahle, Lewis, Edwards and Triona Roberts finished second in the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 3:47.78.
Lewis also added a third place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 24.26. Larrier followed in fifth, finishing in 24.50.
Larrier placed fourth in the 100 meters (11.91) with Kahle placing fifth (11.96).
Edwards placed fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 57.20.
In the 5,000 meters senior Monica Noble finished eighth in 18:48.67.
The team will await to see what athletes will compete at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene, Ore. from May 26-27. A select few Redhawks will compete at the Louisville Invitational next Friday, May 13.