Track and Field

Southeast Competes at Saint Louis Billiken Invitational

St. Louis – Southeast Missouri track and field continued its outdoor season on Friday and Saturday at the Saint Louis Billiken Invitational.
Events began Friday afternoon with the women's hammer throw. Anya Tonga reached a distance of 48.94m, good for second place. She remains fifth in the OVC in the hammer throw from her performance at the Rhodes Invitational.
Tonga participated in the women's shot put as well and took first place, reaching 13.61m. She also placed first in the women's discus, reaching 41.81m. Tonga is ranked third in the shot put in the OVC and second in the discus from performances at previous meets.
Stephen Zagurski won the hammer throw on the men's side, reaching a distance of 57.87m on his best throw, marking a season best. The new mark ranks him third in the OVC and 50th in the west region.
Southeast took home another event win a little later in the men's javelin. Richard Vinson threw 53.08m good for first place at the meet. He remains ranked second in the OVC from his mark at the Jaguar Opener.
In the women's javelin, Madison Goss took third place, reaching 34.40m.
Leslie Brooks placed fourth in the women's long jump, reaching 5.09m. Her new season high moves her to 17th in the OVC.
To conclude events on Friday evening, Sydney O'Brien took first place for Southeast in the women's 5000 meter run with time of 17:44.30, a season best. The new mark ranks eighth in the OVC.
To kick off events on Saturday, Logan Blomquist placed second in the men's discus, reaching 49.01m. He remains ranked second in the conference from his performance last week at the Joey Haines Invitational.
After winning the steeplechase last week, Angie Sumner took first place in the women's 1500 meter run with a time of 4:47.84. Her mark ranks 15th in the conference. She also competed in the 800 meter and placed 10th, finishing in 2:25.97.
On the men's side of the 1500 meter, Marc Maton took first place, finishing in 3:56.42. He remains ranked third in the OVC from his time at the Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays. Maton also participated in the men's 800 meter and took fifth with a time of 1:56.62.
Anna Thomas took first place in the women's 3000m steeplechase, finishing in 11:39.34.
On the men's side of the 3000m steeplechase, Griffin Bailey took first place as well with a time of 9:38.73. He remains ranked fifth in the OVC and 66th in the west region from his time at the Rhodes Invitational.
Southeast will be back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Joe Walker Invite hosted by Ole Miss.
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