Women's track team shines

Monday, April 14, 2003

Heather Jenkins, Courtney Haman and Rose Fulton all won two events to lead Southeast Missouri State University's women's track and field team to the title at Saturday's Mississippi State Invitational.

The Otahkians tallied 212 points to win over favored Mississippi State (175.5). Alabama-Birmingham (114.5) and Alabama-Huntsville (59) rounded out the field.

Jenkins won the shot put (45-2 1/4) and discus (156-7).

Haman won the high jump (5-5) and javelin (138-3).

Fulton captured the 100-meters (12.06) and 200-meters (24.69) and ran on the winning 400 relay team that clocked 46.50 and also included LaQuita Andrews, Natalie Fortenberry and Meleisa Greene.

Other Southeast winners were Hannah Stuckenschneider in the 400 (55.18), Brooke Woodruff in the 800 (2:11.41), Laura VanHoevelaak in the 400 hurdles (1:01.20), Michele Jett in the pole vault (10-6 1/4) and Greene in the long jump (18-7).

Southeast men were second with 91 points. Mississippi State won with 143 and Memphis was third (71).

Brandon Myer was a double-winner for the Indians, capturing the shot put (54-10) and discus (162-6).

Other winners for Southeast's men were Shelton Scott in the triple jump (49-10), Jared Tanz in the 800 (1:54.02) and Brian Whitehead in the steeplechase (9:54.67).

Southeast softball loses

After nearly sweeping Saturday's doubleheader from first-place Tennessee Tech, Southeast's softball team lost to the host Eaglettes 7-3 Sunday as the three-game Ohio Valley Conference series concluded.

The Otahkians (9-21, 5-5 OVC) won Saturday's opener 4-2 before Tech (26-11, 9-2) rallied for a 4-3, extra-inning win in the finale.

Sunday, Tech grabbed a 7-0 lead after three innings and was never headed.

Jessica Hunter (4-7) was the losing pitcher. She allowed five runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. Melissa VanVelkinburgh, Southeast's third hurler, worked three scoreless innings.

Southeast had nine hits, led by Kelly Birk and Amy Murphy with two each. Katie Cerneka drove in two runs.

The Otahkians visit Southwest Missouri Wednesday for a doubleheader.

Godwin 11th in regional

For the second straight season, Southeast gymnast Ashley Godwin placed 11th in the all-around at the NCAA South Central Regional, held Saturday night at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Only the top two among 13 all-around competitors not on one of regional's top two teams qualified for nationals.

Godwin, a junior, was Southeast's only regional qualifier. She scored 38.400, which is well below her season's average, primarily because of a fall on beam.

"Ashley had a great meet except for the fall on beam," Southeast coach Patty Stotzheim said. "She had been averaging about 39.2 and that was the last qualifying spot. But Ashley had a great season."

-- From staff reports

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