Track & Field Team Sends 11 to NCAA West Preliminary Meet
May 23, 2011
By Patrick ClarkSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Eleven Southeast Missouri State track and field athletes will board a plane this evening and make the long trip to Eugene, Ore. to compete at the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Meet hosted by the University of Oregon at legendary Hayward Field. The meet will start on Thursday, May 26 and will run through Saturday, May 28.
The 11 athletes representing the Redhawks are the most sent to an NCAA postseason meet since sending 13 athletes to the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Mideast Regional.
To qualify for the meet an athlete must rank in the top-48 in their assigned region (East or West).
Senior Brandon Colbert headlines the Redhawk qualifiers. The four-time Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year is the only Redhawk that will compete in two individual events at the meet.
Colbert will be making his fourth NCAA outdoor postseason appearance. Last season he qualified in three events at the West Prelims.
He will compete in the hammer throw and shot put this year. He ranks 16th in the West in the hammer throw with a school record toss of 206'-1.00". That mark ranks 29th among all NCAA athletes. In the shot put, he ranks 23rd in the region and 41st nationally with a heave of 58'-1.75"
Sophomore sprinter Jerika Lewis will see action in two events. She will compete in the 400 meters and run a leg on the 4X100 meter relay team.
Lewis ranks 25th in the West and 34th nationally in the quarter mile with a school record 53.40.
The relay team, consisting of senior Rachel Kahle and juniors Magan Edwards and Angelica Larrier, ranks 57th in the region with a time of 45.66. That mark was set two weekends ago at the Lousiville Invitational and ranks fourth on the school's all-time charts.
Senior Samantha Espiricueta makes her fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance in the javelin. The school record holder ranks 18th in the region and 24th nationally with a throw of 159'-9.00".
The 2011 OVC Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year looks to make a return to Nationals after qualifying for the meet in 2009.
Senior Josh Uchtman makes his second postseason appearance after qualifying for the shot put with a throw of 57'-9.75". That mark ranks 27th in the West and 49th overall.
Sophomore Craig Robinson gives the Redhawks three competitors in the shot put, after he qualified with a throw of 55'-5.75".
Colbert, Uchtman and Robinson each finished 1-2-3 in the shot put at the 2011 OVC Outdoor Championships for the second-straight season three weeks ago.
Two-time OVC outdoor long jump champion Tyler Terry will make his first appearance at an NCAA meet as well. The senior from Cape Girardeau ranks 40th in the West with a leap of 24'-4.50".
After sitting out all of 2010 due to an injury, redshirt junior Shemeika Brewer makes her first NCAA appearance. She will compete in the triple jump at the meet. She ranks 29th in the West with a school record jump of 41'-6.00".
Newcomer Ed Draper is the Redhawks final qualifier. Draper will compete in the javelin after ranking 56th in the West with a throw of 202'-9.00". That toss ranks fifth on the school's top-ten list.
The top-12 individual finishers will automatically qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa starting on June 8.
Live results for the NCAA West Prelims can be accessed on www.goducks.com.