Track & Field Teams Receive Three Postseason Awards
April 30, 2010
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference awarded three members of the Southeast Missouri State track and field teams postseason honors on Friday afternoon. The men’s team laid claim to the OVC’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year in seniors Chris Gill and Brandon Colbert respectively. Jerika Lewis was named Co-OVC Outdoor Freshman of the Year for the women’s team.
Colbert received his third OVC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honor of his career. He captured last year’s honor as a junior and in 2007 he was honored as a freshman. Since 2005 the Redhawks have captured five Field Athletes of the Year honors and six overall since joining the OVC.
Colbert, who was named OVC Field Athlete of the week four times this season, has the conference’s top shot put (56’-8.75”) and discus (175’-0.00”) throws this season. He also ranks second in the hammer with a toss of 194’-7.00”.
Nationally he ranks 58th in the shot, 60th in the discus and 65th in the hammer.
Gill became the first Track Athlete of the Year winner for the Redhawks since 2007 season. He becomes just the third winner of the award and second sprinter after Miles Smith, who was the 2006 Track Athlete of the Year. Distance runner Brandon Karcher was the 2007 recipient.
Gill, who was named the OVC Track Athlete of the Week the last two weeks, has won two-straight 400 meter titles heading into today’s OVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He has the OVC’s top time in the event, clocking in with a personal best 47.64.
Lewis shared Freshman of the Year honors with Jacksonville State’s Elizabeth Bond. She became the first member of either Redhawks track and field programs to receive Freshman of the Year honors.
She has the fourth-best time in the OVC in the 400 meters (56.56) and third best time in the 200 meters (24.70). She also runs the anchor leg as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. That team ranks second in the OVC.
The Eastern Illinois women’s team swept the female awards this year as Megan Gingerich was honored with Track Athlete of the Year and Kandace Arnold was awarded Field Athlete of the Year. Eastern Kentucky’s Soufiane Bouchiki was named male Freshman Athlete of the Year.
The 2010 track and field postseason awards were announced in conjunction with the OVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships set to start today at 1 p.m. The event is hosted by Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn., and is the first Track and Field Championships ever hosted by the Golden Eagles.