Track & Field Travels to Nebraska for Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
Feb. 4, 2010
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – (Thursday, February 4, 2010) – The Southeast Missouri State indoor track & field will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in the Frank Sevigne Husker invitational hosted by the Nebraska University this weekend. The two-day invitational is scheduled to start on Friday at 5 p.m. with the women’s weight throw and then will continue on Saturday at Noon with the women’s mile and women’s shot put. All events will be held at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
This weekend’s meet is the 35th annual invitational with 30 different schools and universities in attendance. Started in 1975 by former NU track and field coach Frank Sevigne, the meet annually draws some of the top talent in the country to Lincoln. At last year’s meet, there were seven NCAA automatic-qualifying performances and another 41 provisional-qualifying marks. This year’s meet is expected to be just as strong as there will be seven USTFCCCA top-25 teams at the Devaney Center, including the No. 6 ranked Husker men and the No. 13 Husker women.
Among the schools participating are Saint Louis University, Kansas City, Nebraska, Jacksonville University, North and South Dakota State, Iowa, Rice and Pittsburg State University.
The Redhawks look to continue the momentum from a strong showing at the Indiana Relays this past weekend.
Overall, the Redhawks recorded 13 top-ten finishes including three top-three finishes on the day. Junior Josh Uchtman led the way as he won his third-straight shot put title with a toss of 58'-4.75" which tied his career-best throw set two weeks ago at the SASF Invitational. That mark surpasses the NCAA Provisional distance and ranks third on the school's all-time charts.
Teammate senior Brandon Colbert placed third in the shot with a season's best throw of 56'-5.75".
Freshman Tyler Mullen recorded a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 15:18.26 to round out the Redhawks three top-three finishes.
The women's team had five top-ten finishers led by senior Ashley Brewer who placed seventh in the shot put invitational with a distance of 46'-6.75".
For the freshman, Lewis continued to improve in the sprints as she recorded a season's best time of 57.04 in the 400 meter invitational to place seventh.