Track & Field Teams Garner Two Individual Titles at Billy Hayes Invitational
May 7, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Southeast Missouri State captured two individual titles and recorded eight top-ten finishes at the Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday. Tyler Terry recorded his third long jump title of the season while Samantha Espiricueta took home her fourth javelin title of the year.
Espiricueta's winning throw of 162'-2.00" set a new season's best for her and fell just under five feet short of her school record of 166'-8.00" set at last year's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regionals.
Today's throw currently moved her up to 17th on the national list. She ranked 34th with a previous season-high of 155'-9.00" heading into the meet.
Terry, a winner in the long and triple jump at last weekend's Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will concentrate his efforts in the long jump the remainder of the season. That strategy paid off on Friday as he won his second-straight long jump title with a leap of 23'-10.00".
In the men's 400 meter dash, senior Chris Gill continued his impressive late-season running with a third place finish. He again lowered his personal best time in the event, crossing the finish line in 47.38. That time ranks seventh on the school's all-time charts.
Senior Brandon Colbert recorded two fourth place finishes in his throwing events. In the shot, his toss went 53’-10.25". He followed that event with the discus, where his best throw went 169’-11.00”.
In the hammer throw he placed sixth with a heave of 189'-8.00".
Ashley Brewer matched Colbert's finish in the discus on the women's side. Her throw of 139’-8.00” secured fourth place for her.
On the track, junior Rachel Kahle qualified for the finals of the 100 meters in a preliminary field that featured 23 runners. After finishing with the sixth best time in the prelims at 12.26 she improved her time and finish in the finals. Her time of 12.15 placed her fifth overall.
Freshman Jerika Lewis also found success on the track. Lewis placed sixth with a time of 56.49.
Junior Brianna Egbuka rounded out the Redhawks competitors at the meet. In the shot put she placed ninth with a throw of 44’-2.75" and later followed that with a 14th place finish in the hammer with a distance of distance of 150’-6.00”.
All the competitors will have one more shot to improve their marks next weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational before competing at the NCAA West Regional in two weeks.