Track & Field Teams Prepare for OVC Outdoor Championships
April 29, 2010
By Haley Bohnert
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State track and field teams head to Cookeville, Tennessee for this weekends Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Tennessee Tech. The events start Friday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. with the high jump and concludes on Saturday, May 1 around 2:30 p.m. with the 4X400 meter relay.
The running and jumping events will take place inside Tucker Stadium while the throwing events will take place on the field adjacent to the Tech softball field, just west of Willow Avenue on the campus of Tennessee Tech. Tech is hosting the OVC championships for the first time since 1978.
Nine women's teams and five men's squads will compete for the OVC crowns, with the team champions announced after the 4X400 meter relay on Saturday afternoon in Tucker Stadium. Individual champions will be determined throughout the day Saturday, with podium presentations for the top three finishers in each event.
Last season Eastern Illinois captured both the men's and women's crowns. The EIU men earned 227 points to finish ahead of Eastern Kentucky, who was a distant second with 141 points. The Redhawks placed third with 124 points followed by Tennessee State (45 points), former OVC track and field member Texas-Pan American (26 points) and Morehead State (6 points).
On the women's side the Panthers recorded 188 points while Southeast Missouri placed second with 155, Murray State finished third with 91.5 points, Jacksonville State followed in fourth with 78.5 and Austin Peay rounded out the top five with 76.5.
The Panthers also swept the OVC Indoor titles this past February.
The Redhawks have won a combined 13 OVC outdoor titles. The women's team has captured eight with their last title coming during the 2006 season. The men's team has claimed five titles with their last crown coming during the 2008 campaign.
Last season the women's team captured five individual titles. Senior Ashley Brewer will attempt to defend her titles in the shot put and discus. Her shot toss of 50'-7.25" set a new personal best and ranked third on the school's all-time charts, just missing out on the OVC Championship record.
Her winning throw in the discus travelled 153'-9.00".
Rounding out the champions was Juli Koenegstein who won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a championship record time of 10:45.45. It was her second career OVC title in the steeplechase, capturing her first during the 2007 OVC Championships.
Brewer, Espiricueta and Koenegstein are the favorites at this year's championships. They each have the OVC's top marks in their respected events.
The men's team captured three titles last year. Brandon Colbert is the only one of the three that will defend his title. Colbert won the discus last year with a toss of 178'-7.00". This year he is favored in the discus and the shot put, having the OVC's top throws in both events this season.
Junior jumper Tyler Terry will attempt to match his indoor double of titles in the triple jump and long jump. Terry owns the OVC's top long jump distance thsi season with a leap of 24'-1.50".
Senior Chris Gill has been hot heading into the OVC Championships. He has won two-straight 400 meter crowns and has the OVC's top 400 meter time.
Results will be posted after each day of competition on www.gosoutheast.com.