Top Women's Shot Throwers Entered in 24th Annual Gatorade Classic
March 30, 2005
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - - The women's shot put field in the 24th annual Gatorade Classic on Saturday at Southeast Missouri State University's Abe Stuber Track & Field Complex will feature two of the top seven place winners at the NCAA Division I indoor championships.
The women's shot put will feature the Gatorade Classic defending champion, Aubrey Martin of Western Illinois, who placed sixth in the recent NCAA indoor championships. She will be challenged by Amarachi Ukabam of SIU-Carbondale, the seventh place finisher. They will also compete in the discus event where Ukabam won All-America honors last season.
"The women's shot put will certainly be one of the top events, but all the events are loaded with talented performers," said Southeast coach and meet director Joey Haines. "To have two of the top women's throwers in the nation is certainly an honor."
The throwers will have difficulty erasing the Gatorade Classic and Abe Stuber Complex record of 60-feet set in 1990 by current SIU coach Connie Price.
The women's 800-meters will feature the Ohio Valley and Missouri Valley Conference champions with defending Gatorade Classic champion Brooke Woodruff of Southeast Missouri challenged by MVC indoor champion Ty-Nica Davis of SIU.
The men's 400-meters will have a talented field headlined by sophomore Miles Smith of Southeast Missouri State, the OVC indoor champion, who placed 11th at the NCAA indoor. Smith, who has a personal best of 46.41, will be challenged by Chris Adams of Western Illinois who was second in the Mid-Continent Conference indoor finals.
Jason Craig of Rend Lake is the defending champion in the 100-meters. He was a member of the United States World Championship Junior Team and ran on the 4 X 400-meter relay team that established a new world record last summer.
Emmanuel Daux of Southern Illinois is the defending champion in the 110-meter hurdles but will be challenged by Marcus Morris of Tennessee State who has the best mark in the OVC this spring. Alonzo Nelson of Southeast Missouri has the top time in the 400-meter hurdles with an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 52.41.
Indiana State's men's and women's teams have been added to the 26 team field for the Gatorade Classic that gets underway on Friday with the hammer throw and women's triple jump beginning at 4 p.m. The meet continues on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Other team entries include Division I men's and women's teams from Illinois State, SIU-Carbondale, UMKC, Murray State, Memphis, Western Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Austin Peay has a women's entry only and Tennessee State a men's team only.
Non-Division I teams include men's and women's teams from SIU-Edwardsville, Southern Indiana and Harding with a men's team entry from Rend Lake and a women's entry from Missouri Baptist.