Southeast Sends 11 Athletes To NCAA Mideast Track Regional
May 24, 2005
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State University men's and women's track teams that both won Ohio Valley Conference championships will have strong entries in the NCAA Mideast Regional on Friday and Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
"The Mideast Regional is by far the toughest region in the nation, but we have athletes capable of doing well and advancing to the NCAA finals in Sacramento, California," said Southeast coach Joey Haines. "The top five in each event and some at-large entries based on the fastest non-qualifying times in each of the four regions will qualify for the national finals. You must qualify for the finals in your event at the regional to be considered for one of the at-large berths."
The Southeast men's team has qualified Miles Smith in the 400-meters and 200-meters, but the sophomore sprinter will concentrate on only the 400 where he is ranked second in the Mideast Region and fifth nationally with a best time of 45.45. In the regional field, he trails only Kelly Willie of Louisiana State who has a time of 44.97.
"If Smith makes the regional finals he should qualify for the NCAA national finals," Haines said.
Smith will also anchor the Southeast 4 X 400 relay team that has the sixth fastest time in the Mideast Regional at 3:07.33. Other relay runners include Chris Poindexter, Chaz Brown and Alonzo Nelson. Smith and Poindexter will also run on the 4 X 100 relay team that will include Jon Jefferson and Seth Schuster. The relay teams have to finish in the top three to advance to the national finals.
Nelson is also qualified in both hurdle events but will run only the 400-meter hurdles where he has the fourth fastest time in the regional field at 50.77.
Other individual entries for the Southeast men include Andrew Lambert in the high jump, Brian Knippen in the shot put and Jason Theodorakos in the javelin. Knippen, the OVC Field Athlete of the Year, is also qualified in the discus but will concentrate only on the shot put.
The Southeast women will be represented by 800-meter runner Brooke Woodruff who has the 18th best regional time of 2:08.61 and long jumper Kathy Coleman who has the 10th best long jump in the region. Woodruff is also qualified in the 1500-meters but will run only the 800.
"Woodruff is peaking at the right time and has a good chance of qualifying for the nationals," Haines said.