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March 26, 2010

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Thursday March 25, 2010) - The Southeast Missouri State track and field teams head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this weekend to participate in the Alabama Relays. The four-day meet will take place at Sam Bailey-Track Stadium on the campus of Alabama University starting on Thursday, March 26 and will run to Sunday, March 28. The Redhawks begin competition on Friday.

A total of 29 men's teams and 27 women's teams will be in attendance this weekend. Among the participating schools are Southeastern Conference (SEC) powers Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and the host school. Also competing are Cincinnati, Indiana and Southern Miss.

The men's multi-event athletes will start competition at 11 a.m. on Thursday and continue Friday at 9 a.m. Saturday; individual events begin at 8:50 a.m. with the 10,000-meter run. The last event is scheduled for 5:25 p.m.

The women's multi-event athletes will start today at 9:30 a.m. and continue Friday at 10 a.m.

Also Friday, the women's hammer throw will be at 4 p.m. Saturday; individual events begin at 8:50 a.m. with the 10,000-meter run and will be competed throughout the day. The last event is scheduled for 5:25 p.m.

The men's hammer throw gets competition rolling at 8 a.m. Sunday with field event competition until 11:30 a.m. The relay events begin at 11:30 a.m., while the last event is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Last weekend the Redhawks sent a restrained group of athletes to the Rhodes Open Invitational where they won three individual titles. The women's team recorded two of the titles. Seniors Juli Koenegstein and Samantha Espiricueta took home the 3,000 meter steeplechase and javelin championships respectively.

Espiricueta, the school record holder and 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier, recorded a throw of 155'-9.00".

Koenegstein won the steeplechase with a time of 10:56.41. This was her first competitive meet for the Redhawks in over ten months.

On the men's side, senior Brandon Colbert won the shot put title with a toss of 55'-2.25". He was one of three Redhawks to record top-ten finishes in the shot.

Freshman Craig Robinson recorded a runner-up finish with a throw of 50'-2.00". Colbert added a second place in the hammer throw with a distance of 193'-11.00". Junior Josh Uchtman finished third in the discus with a toss of 158'-1.00".

The Redhawks haven't competed in the Alabama Relays since 2002.

Results for the meet will be available through as well as after each day of competition has concluded.


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