Track and Field Begins Season with Outstanding Performances
Dec. 5, 2004
Arkansas State University - Southeast Track and Field teams traveled to Arkansas State University for the annual Kickoff Classic and opened the season with several outstanding performances. The men and women didn't have a lot of people but those that competed performed extremely well.
Coach Joey Haines is happy with the overall results and is excited about this team's talent.
"We had outstanding performances for this early in the season. Kathy Coleman broke a school record already in the triple jump while Miles Smith and Walt Washington are close in the 400-meter dash," said Haines.
For the women, several athletes placed in the top three in their event. The team was led by standout freshman Kathy Coleman who clenched the only first place finish. She won the finals of the 55-meter dash in 7.15 and ran a 7.11 in prelims. Coleman captured the only second place as well when she jumped 19'9 1/2" in the long jump.
Third place finishes for the women's team came from sophomore Michelle Jett in the pole vault, 11'0", junior Colleen Burke in the mile run, 5:28.44, sophomore Nichole Portell in the shot put, 41'2 1/2", sophomore Taryn Phillips in the 800-meter run, 2:19.32, and freshman Kathy Coleman in the 55-meter hurdles, 8.22. Perhaps the biggest third place finish came from Coleman, with her record-breaking triple jump of 39-10 3/4. She broke Heather West's record of 38'11".
The men's side was led by sophomore Miles Smith who won the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.94. Close behind was transfer Walt Washington who placed fourth in 48.93. Both athletes are already close to the indoor record of 47.14.
"It is exciting to see both men running that well this early in the season," said Haines.
Senior Murray State transfer Brian Knippen was also a standout performer as he placed second in the shotput, 52'11", and third in the 35lb weight throw, 52'9". The 1600-meter relay team consisting of Miles Smith, Walt Washington, Alonzo Nelson, and Christopher Poindexter placed second in a time of 3:15.87.
The whole team will be in action next weekend at SIU-Carbondale.