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Track & Field Teams Finish 2nd at OVC Outdoor Championships

Track & Field Teams Finish 2nd at OVC Outdoor Championships

May 1, 2010

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After a five hour delay due to inclement weather, the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships started the final day of competition on Saturday. The Southeast Missouri State track and field teams couldn’t hold their momentum from Friday and both teams finished second. Eastern Illinois swept both men’s and women’s titles for the second-straight season.

The Redhawks women’s team finished with 155.50 points. The Panthers scored 212 points. In third was Eastern Kentucky (131 points) followed by Jacksonville State (73.50 points), Tennessee Tech (67 points), Austin Peay (66.50 points), Tennessee State (42.50 points), Murray State (30 points) and Morehead State (1 point).

On the men’s side, the Panthers scored 261 points followed by the Redhawks 128 points. In third was Eastern Kentucky (106 points) followed by Tennessee State (61 points) and Morehead State (22 points).

Individually the Redhawks captured four individual titles and 15 top-three finishes on Saturday.

The women’s throwers swept the top-three spots in the hammer throw. Junior Brianna Egbuka captured her first ever OVC title with a conference championship record throw of 167’-11.00”. Seniors Ashley Brewer placed second with a toss of 152’-9.00” and Samantha Espiricueta was third with a throw of 148’-5.00”.

Espiricueta captured her second-straight OVC javelin title. Her throw of 151’-10.00” set a new OVC Championship meet record.

The individual title champions on the men’s side included junior Tyler Terry completed his double-double with his triple jump title on Saturday. He won with a leap of 46’-8.00” for his first OVC outdoor triple jump title.

Terry became the first OVC jumper to win both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same year for both the long jump and triple jump.

OVC Male Field Athlete of the Year Brandon Colbert recorded his second title of the championships. He won the hammer throw with a toss of 194’-6.00”.

Senior Chris Gill, the OVC’s Male Track Athlete of the Year, finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 47.59. Teammate Myron Pettigrew placed sixth with a time of 49.72.

Pettigrew added an All-OVC finish in the 200 meters. He placed third with a time of 22.00.

Gill and Pettigrew were part of the men’s 4X400 meter relay team that finished third with a time of 3:27.44.

Junior Jamere Franklin was sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.05.

In the 800 meters sophomore Max Wieser finished fifth with a time of 1:55.80.

Junior Jason Lumpkin placed fourth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 15:19.31.

Freshmen Craig Robinson and Jared Siemers finished behind Colbert in the hammer. Robinson placed third with a toss of 154’-10.00” and Siemers was fourth with a distance of 154’-1.00”.

Chris Johnson was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 44’-10.75”.

For the women’s team, junior Rachel Kahle finished third in the 200 meters (25.08) and fourth in the 100 meters (12.19).

Fellow sprinter Jerika Lewis, the OVC’s Co-Freshman of the Year, finished third in the 400 meters (55.97) and fourth in the 200 meters (25.33).

Kahle and Lewis also added second place finishes as members of the 4X400 meter relay team. They joined Tiffany Mead and Kelley Good on the relay.

Senior Juli Koenegstein added a third place finish in the 5,000 meter run a day after winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase. She finished with a time of 17:53.18.

Chloe Tubbs rounded out the Redhawks top finishers with a third place finish in the javelin with a toss of 118’-6.00”.

Due to the weather the men’s javelin was cancelled.

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