Redhawks women win third straight indoor title

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Southeast men finished second in the conference meet.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State women captured first place and the men placed second in the Ohio Valley Conference indoor track and field championships on Saturday.

The women's squad topped second-place host Tennessee State by 14 points in the two-day event that began on Friday, while the Southeast men finished 66.5 points behind champion Eastern Illinois.

For Southeast's women, it's their third straight OVC indoor title, to go with three consecutive outdoor championships.

Southeast's women, who held a 10-point lead over Eastern Kentucky after Friday's finals, racked up five first-place finishes Saturday, including a sweep of the three field events.

Southeast took the first three spots in the 3,000-meter run. Lindsay Zeiler was first with a time of 10 minutes, 9.94 seconds, followed by Jennifer Caywood and Kris Woolf.

Zeiler also won the mile in 5:21.

Michele Jett placed first in the pole vault, while Jackson High School graduate Heather West was first in the triple jump and Central High School product Heather Jenkins won the weight throw.

"We really had an outstanding afternoon," Southeast coach Joey Haines said. "We had a good day [Friday] and we weren't really sure how things would go today. We won all the field events, which was really, really big. We had some really clutch performances.

"We had to be almost perfect to beat Tennessee State, and we did."

Miles Smith, who was named the OVC Male Athlete of the Championship, was part of three top finishes to lead the men's team.

Smith won the 200 in 21.66 and the 400 in 47.54 and was also part of the first-place 1,600 relay team that finished in 3:15.87. Others on the relay team were Walter Washington, Chris Williams and Alonzo Nelson.

"On the men's side, we had a lot of very good performances," Haines said. "We thought we had a chance to win today, and we did about as well as we could do. Our athletes competed very, very well, but we just came up short.

"We're disappointed that we came in second. Normally when you get second in the conference, you'd be happy, but we really wanted to win."

Women

Team results -- 1. Southeast 137, 2. Tennessee State 123, 3. Eastern Kentucky 85, 4. Samford 77, 5. Eastern Illinois 74, 6. Austin Peay 49, 7. Jacksonville State 43, 8. Murray State 23, 9. Tennessee Tech 6, 10. Morehead State 5

Southeast results

Mile -- 1. Lindsay Zeiler, 5:02.10

800 -- 3. Taryn Phillips, 2:17.18

3,000 -- 1. Zeiler, 10:09.94; 2. Jennifer Caywood, 10:15.14; 3. Kris Woolf, 10:22.20

1,600 relay -- 3. Kyra Joiner, Phillips, Nyisha Porter, Natasha Fortenberry, 3:57.57

Pole vault -- 1. Michele Jett, 3.50 m

Triple jump -- 1. Heather West, 12.04 m

Weight throw -- 1. Heather Jenkins, 18.33 m

Men

Team results -- 1. Eastern Illinois 208.5, 2. Southeast 142, 3. Tennessee State 101.5, 4. Eastern Kentucky 73, 5. Samford 44, 6. Morehead State 36, 7. Murray State 11

Southeast results

200 -- 1. Miles Smith, 21.66

400 -- 1. Smith, 47.54; 2. Walter Washington, 48.50

3,000 -- 2. Kevin McNab, 8:32.60; 3. Kirk Nesbit, 8:37.90

55 hurdles -- 2. Alonzo Nelson, 7.63

1,600 relay -- 1. Washington, Chris Williams, Nelson, Smith, 3:15.87

Triple jump -- 2. Bilal Hameed, 15.28 m

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