Southeast Missouri State cross country teams place third, fourth at OVC meet

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Southeast Missouri State cross country program had another solid showing at Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference cross country championships in Richmond, Ky.

Southeast's men placed third to finish in the top four for the fifth consecutive season.

Southeast's women also were third, marking the 20th consecutive time they have finished in the top half of the event.

Host Eastern Kentucky won its sixth consecutive men's title in the 10-school meet. The Colonels, ranked 17th nationally, had seven of the top nine runners and scored 18 points.

Eastern Illinois was second with 62 points, just ahead of Southeast's 65. Morehead State was a distant fourth with 149.

Eastern Illinois' women ended Eastern Kentucky's string of five consecutive titles by scoring 41 points to the Colonels' 57.

Southeast had 88 points, ahead of fourth-place Jacksonville State's 103.

Southeast's men had five of the top 33 finishers in the 8-kilometer race.

Junior Nate Shipley placed third with a time of 25 minutes, 32.54 seconds to earn first-team all-OVC honors for being in the top seven. He was ninth last year.

Sophomore Brent Collins was 10th in 26:09.12. He made second-team all-OVC, which goes to runners eighth through 14th.

Freshman Craig Munie was 16th (26:36.52), junior Alex Zisser 17th (26:37.03) and junior Tyler Mullen 22nd (26:51.01) rounded out Southeast's scoring runners.

Freshman Rebekah Lawson paced Southeast's women. She earned first-team all-OVC by placing sixth. Her time in the 5-kilometer race was 18:29.51.

Freshman Jenny Govero finished 12th in 18:42.61 to earn second-team all-OVC honors. Senior Jessica Bollinger followed in 17th place (18:56.77).

Rounding out Southeast's top five were freshman Gloria Westlake (19th, 19:01.41) and freshman Melanie Lacey (34th, 19:47.10).

Lacey is a Scott City High School graduate.


The Southeast volleyball team broke a two-match losing streak with Saturday's 25-14, 25-11, 20-25, 25-23 home win over Tennessee-Martin.

Southeast (11-15, 9-6) is fourth in the 11-team OVC, but the Redhawks are just one-half game out of second place. UTM (15-11, 10-6) is tied for second.

Sophomore Colleen Yarber led Southeast with 17 kills. She added 13 digs and two blocks. Sophomore Emily Coon had 10 kills and five blocks.

Sophomore Berkley Idel had a team-high 22 digs. Senior Paige Dossey added 13 digs and a season-high four blocks.

Sophomore setter Julie Shives recorded 41 assists and eight digs. Senior Holly Reynolds contributed five blocks.

Southeast returns to action Friday at first-place Morehead State (19-6, 14-1).

-- From staff reports

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