Southeast Womens Track Ranked Nineteenth Nationally
April 13, 2004
Cape Girardeau, MO (April 13, 2004) According to USA Track and Field, the Southeast Missouri State University women's track team has been ranked nineteenth in the nation by the Team Power Ranking.
"It's really great for the quality of Southeast women's track and field to be nationally recognized," said head coach Joey Haines. "Three of our athletes are nationally ranked in five different events, within the next two weeks we look to add seven or eight more events."
Being ranked nineteenth is the highest rank the Southeast women have ever been nationally.
"We are hoping to get at least twelve to fifteen athletes on our women's team qualified for the NCAA Regional meet that will be held in Baton Rouge, LA," said Haines.
The Team Power Ranking system is a computer based ranking system, which goes by the performances of the top two athletes from each school in every event from this year.
Currently sophomore Brooke Woodruff is ranked ninth in the nation in the 800-meter run, while junior Meleisa Greene is ranked sixteenth in the long jump. Junior Heather Jenkins sits tenth in the nation in the discus, forty-first in the shot put and sixty-third in the hammer throw.
Beginning April 15-17 the Southeast women and men's team will be competing in the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, KS. The meet is a three-day event with competition beginning Thursday evening.
Both the men and women's teams are looking to compete well at the Kansas Relays in hopes of meeting regional qualifying marks in several events.