Southeast Missouri State men's track and field team claims second straight OVC crown
The Southeast Missouri State men's track and field team claimed its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship on Saturday at Choccolocco Park.
SEMO totaled 182 points, 44 more than second-place Belmont (138 points). Eastern Illinois was third with 136.
It was the Redhawks' eighth conference championship and third in the last four years. For the third time, coach Eric Crumpecker was tabbed as the men's outdoor head coach of the year. It's his fifth coach of the year honor, counting indoor.
"We came in and everybody was able to do their jobs and take care of business," Crumpecker said in a news release. "Every jumper, thrower, and runner came in and did what they were capable of to pull out a strong team effort."
Zach Gordon earned MVP honors at the meet as he claimed three medals, including a first-place finish in the 200 meters.
"He had a tremendous weekend," Crumpecker said. "He got himself in a good position, had an amazing 200-meter time and shined overall."
Richard Vinson was first in javelin with the program's 10th-best throw, a toss of 192 feet, 9 inches. Andrew Ryan was fourth. Wesley White was first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.05 seconds, third-best in school history. White also got second in the 400 hurdles, running it in 53.44 seconds.
Logan Blomquist, who was announced as the OVC Outdoor Male Freshman of the Year on Thursday, got second in the shot put with a throw of 54-10.25, a personal best.
Gordon was part of a 4x100 relay team claimed second. Andrew Bluiett, Brannon Wright and Tre Curry rounded out the foursome.
Gordon later claimed second in the 100 with a time of 10.41 seconds. In the 400, SEMO went 2-3 as White was second and Jordan Barber was third with a personal-record time of 47.58.
Gordon's time of 20.70 in the 200 meters was third-best in program history as he got gold. Brannon Wright was second, and had the sixth-fastest time in program hisotyr, at 20.9
Curry was fourth in the triple jump at 46-10.
Southeast had already captured the title when the 4x400 team of Wright, Barber, Jarred Pasley and Kameron Long added another medal with a silver in a time of 3:13.76.
The Southeast women's finished eighth with 70 points as Eastern Illinois won with 128 points.
Miya Dorsey was first in the 400 with a time of 1:00.25. Kayla Gutierrez was third in the shot put with a toss of 47-1 as she picked up her second medal of the meet.
In the 800, Megan Parks was fourth, running in a time of 2:13.82.
Sydney O'Brien was fourth and Kaitlyn Shea was fifth in the 5,000.
Wednesday, the Redhawks will learn which athletes qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round, which will be held May 25-27 in Austin, Texas.
On a day that saw multiple weather delays stretch the proceedings, the Southeast men's and women's teams ended Day 2 of the OVC Championships in strong positions.
The men led the field with 67 points -- ahead of Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Illinois with 60 and 58 points, respectively -- while the SEMO women sat third with 36 points, behind EIU and Austin Peay, with 59 and 43 1/3 points, respectively.
Pole vault was a bright spot for the Redhawks. On the women's side, Jackson graduate Sierra Maddox grabbed a bronze medal with a height of 11 feet, 8 inches.
On the men's side, Southeast swept the podium and more, taking the top four spots. Christian Lock had a mark of 16-10 3/4 to nab gold, while Dylan Rush (15-9) was second, Nick South (15-3) was third and Tyler Jourdan (14-9) was fourth.
Elsewhere on the field, just a day after being named the OVC Outdoor Male Freshman of the Year, Logan Blomquist earned silver in the discus with a throw of 166-67 1/2. Stephen Zagurski was fifth in the event.
Fellow Redhawk Kayla Gutierrez matched his finish for the women, spinning the discus 157-2.
Nick South finished up the decathlon and set a personal-best mark in the discus of 97-9 to grab silver in the overall event with 6,168 points.
A pair of delays pushed afternoon competition back, but when the Redhawks got things underway again, Zach Gordon finished fifth in the long jump with a distance of 22-11 3/4.
Miya Dorsey ran a personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles, running a 1:00.32.