Track & Field Garners Three OVC Weekly Awards
April 27, 2010
By Haley Bohnert
Sports Information Assistant
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Southeast Missouri State track and field teams received three of the four Ohio Valley Conference weekly honors after stellar performances this past weekend. For the fourth time this season, senior Brandon Colbert was named Male Field Athlete of the Week. Fellow senior Chris Gill garnered his second-straight Male Track Athlete of the Week honor and senior Juli Koenegstein was named Female Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Colbert, a native of Troy, was impressive competing against the nation’s best collegiate athletes at the Drake Relays. He recorded three top-20 finishes including finishing in the top-ten in two events. His best finish was in the discus on Saturday. He unleashed a season-high throw of 175’-0.00” which placed him second out of the field of 20 competitors. That throw is the OVC’s top toss this season.
On Friday, he finished ninth in the shot put with a heave of 53’-7.75. He completed the weekend with an 18th place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 181’-6.00”.
Colbert, a two-time OVC Outdoor Male Field Athlete of the Year (2007, 2009), won outdoor weekly honors for the ninth time in his career.
Gill shared Male Track Athlete of the Week honors with Eastern Kentucky’s Soufiane Bouchikhi. After setting a new career-best time in the 400 meters and garnering his first career OVC weekly honor two weeks ago, he repeated the feat once again this past weekend at the SIUE Twilight Relays. He won the 400 meters with a time of 47.64, finishing ahead of 31 other competitors for the Redhawks lone individual title of weekend.
That time lowered his OVC best time and ranks eighth on the school’s all-time 400 meter charts.
Koenegstein and Eastern Kentucky’s Kat Pagano shared the Female Track Athlete of the Week honors. The Chester, Illinois native joined Colbert as a competitor at the Drake Relays. Competing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase against 20 of the top collegiate runners in the country, she finished ninth with a time of 10:48.93.
Koenegstein currently has the top 3,000 meter steeplechase time in the OVC.
With the three awards, the Redhawks have garnered ten OVC weekly honors this outdoor season. Tyler Terry was named Male Field Athlete of the Week on March 30. On March 23, Samantha Espiricueta was named Female Field Athlete and Koenegstein was named Female Track Athlete. Colbert received weekly awards on March 23, April 6 and April 13 for Male Field Athlete of the Week. Gill garnered his OVC Male Track athlete of the week on the 20th of April.
The Redhawks will compete this weekend in the OVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Cookeville, Tennessee with Tennessee Tech serving as the host school. Competition starts on Friday, April 30 and concluded on Saturday, May 1.