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Men Finish Second, Women Take Third at OVC Championships
Reggie Miller captured his second OVC title of the weekend on Saturday. Miller claimed the triple jump with a leap of 47-5 1/4.

Men Finish Second, Women Take Third at OVC Championships

Final Results

 Four individual competitors won conference championships as the Southeast Missouri track and field team posted two top-three finishes at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships.

The Redhawks' men took second in the meet after scoring 189.5 points, trailing only host Eastern Illinois (222.5). Southeast's women took third with 115 points. EIU (145.5) won the meet and Murray State (124) took second.

“Our men came to compete this weekend,” Southeast head coach Eric Crumpecker said. “Other than a few mishaps, we did what we were capable of. Unfortunately we fell a little short. Our men are a young team and the future is bright for them. The women's meet has also become quite the battle. Unfortunately we came out a little flat on the first day and it hurt us a little bit.”

All four Southeast competitors in the men's hammer throw scored and the three medalists were all Redhawks. Jared Siemers launched a career-best 189-2 to take gold while Kevin Farley (177-10) and Craig Robinson (173-2) finished second and third, respectively. Jason Walker added two more points with his seventh-place throw of 153-2.

The Redhawks had three scorers in the shot put, including the top-two finishers. Farley captured his second OVC title of the weekend with a throw of 56-3 1/4 while Robinson placed second with a toss of 55-6 1/2. Walker also contributed a sixth-place finish with a throw of 45-7.

Southeast was also victorious in the men's triple jump on Saturday. Reggie Miller won his second conference title of the weekend, taking the event with a leap of 47-5 1/4.

In the running events, Ryan Anderson contributed two points to the Redhawks' total with a seventh-place finish in the 1500m run. Anderson crossed the line in 4:04.34. Thanks to a late kick, Tyler Holmes made his way onto the medal stand in the 800m. Holmes grabbed bronze after finishing the race in 1:53.61.

With four finalists, Southeast scored a combined 14 points in the 100m dash. Kendrick Farr was the Redhawks' top finisher, placing third with a time of 10.90. Blake Carter was a shade behind, crossing the line in 10.91 to take fourth. Blake Smith (11.00) and Alexander Anderson (11.01) took seventh and eighth, respectively. Anderson (fifth; 22.29) and Farr (sixth; 22.41) also scored in the 200m.

In other track events, Ellis Maise notched a fourth-place finish in the 400m, crossing the line in 49.46. Prentice Ivy added an eighth-place finish in the men's 110m hurdle finals, crossing the line in 16.01.

Finally, Southeast got a third-place finish out of its 4x400m relay team of Maise, Alexander Anderson, Holmes and Kameron Long. The group finished in 3:18.84.

For the women, Courtney Gapelu captured gold in the shot put, launching a throw of 48-4 3/4 to lead three Redhawk scorers in that event. Sarah Hall placed fourth, throwing 43-5 1/4, while Kayla Gutierrez took eighth after throwing the shot 40-10 1/2.

Three Redhawks scored in the hammer throw, led by Guterrez' fourth-place toss of 164-0. Hall placed fifth after landing a throw 163-5 and Gapelu took sixth with a throw of 157-3. The Southeast women also got points from Kim Moye, who took fifth in the triple jump after clearing an outdoor season-best 37-10.

In the relays, the Redhawks' 4x100m team of Ayonna Cartwright, Jerika Lewis, Unique Hooks and Cheyenne Tunti took fifth after running a season-best time of 47.72. The 4x400m group of Jovannie Spears, Cheyenne Tunti, Alyssa Rebecca and Lewis took third with a time of 3:50.07.

On the track, Lewis scored in both the 200m (third; 24.56) and 400m (seventh; 56.02). Hooks also notched a seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles (1:07.72). Rebecca also scored for the women, recording a sixth-place time of 2:15.79. Rebekah Lawson posted a fourth-place finish in the 5000m as she finished in 17:44.85.

The Redhawks will send some of their athletes to the Louisville Twilight and Georgia Tech Invitational next weekend, giving them another chance to qualify for the NCAA West Region prelims.
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