SEMO Briefs, April 2: Blomquist shines at Redhawk track invite
Southeast Missouri State senior Logan Blomquist won the hammer, shot put, and discus over the weekend at the Lake Stride Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau.
He took first in the hammer throw for the fourth-straight outdoor meet Friday with a Joey Haines Invitational meet record and Abe Stuber Track & Field Complex record mark of 231 feet, 9 inches.
Blomquist then won the shot put with a mark of 57 feet, 3.75 inches, which tied for the top spot with Cole Taggart of Southern Illinois.
He then secured the top spot in the discus with a personal-best distance of 180 feet, 4 inches. Blomquist now ranks fourth all-time in SEMO program history for the event.
Luke Hatfield-Jackson took first in the men's high jump, surpassing a mark of 7 feet, 0.25 inches.
He also won the long jump with a feat of 24 feet, 11 inches for the second-straight week.
Jane Boessen finished as the runner-up in the women's 5,000 meters in 18:24.58, while on the men's side, Nick Cimmarusti won the race with a career-best mark of 15:20.93.
Marysa Flieg took second in the javelin with a career-best 161 feet, 4 inches.
In the women's 1,500 meters, Hannah Eastman and Madelyn Gray combined for a second-third finish.
Eastman finished as the runner-up in a PR time of 4:44.24, followed by Gray (4:46.59, third).
Noah Little finished the men's 1,500 meters in 3:59.87 for third.
Anthony Forrest was the runner-up in the men's 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.69.
Claire Morrill was third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.44, while Garrett also took third in the men's competition, completing the 800 meters in 1:52.03.
Dylan Clark (52.46m) and Clay Alewelt (51.71m) combined for third and fourth, respectively, in the discus after Blomquist and former SEMO field student-athlete Kevin Farley.
Farley was second in the discus with 54.15m. He also had a shot put distance of 17.33m.
Clark added a hammer throw heave of 195 feet for fourth followed by Alewelt (189-6, fifth), and Marshall Swadley (173-8, eighth).
On the women's side, Nicole Humphreys paced the Redhawks with a hurl of 183 feet, 8 inches (10th) in the hammer.
Megan Deimeke was 12th with a personal-best throw of 172 feet, 2 inches, while Makenzie Williams concluded the competition with 169 feet, 2 inches (13th).
2021 U.S. Olympian and Southern Illinois alum, DeAnna Price won the hammer throw with 69.09m, competing for Nike/NYAC.
Clayton Eftink opened Saturday with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Cape Girardeau native crossed the finish in 9:59.27.
The Redhawks women's 4x100 meter relay team of Leanza Dwaah, Daja Gordon, Serena Williams, and Breanna Miles took second in 47.05.
The SEMO men's team of Anthony Forrest, Hatfield-Jackson, Dillon Lay, and Brock Wood were clocked at 43.67 for sixth.
Swadley finished fourth in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 55 feet, 11.75 inches and Alewelt had a throw of 51-7.75 (ninth).
Swadley also tallied a discus mark of 139-7 (14th).
In the women's shot put, Humphreys notched a distance 44-7 to take sixth, while Makenzie Williams added a throw of 36-8.5 (14th).
Humphreys also registered a personal-best discus throw of 153-5 for fifth, while Makenzie Williams tallied a mark of 146-6 for eighth.
Erika Mellor (5:09.17, 21st), Mackenzie Pugh (5:09.74, 22nd), and Maddie Keller (5:18.96, 29th) also represented the Redhawks in the 1,500 meters.
On the men's side, Travis Sickles was seventh with a time of 4:06.00, while Austin Perkins concluded the race in 4:10.15 (10th).
Kaitlyn McGinnitey concluded the 100-meter hurdles in 15.22 for sixth, while Lay took eighth (15.44), followed by Wood (15.59, ninth) in the men's 110-meter hurdles.
Laila Hardin finished fifth in the 400 meters in 58.98, while Breanna Miles concluded the race in 59.80 (10th) and Kaylee Eakin had a time of 1:01.19 (14th).
On the men's side, Colin Schwab completed the 400 meters in 50.15 for fifth, while freshman Xzavier Bartlett chipped in a time of 52.16 (seventh).
Sophie Dubis led the Redhawk women in the high jump, clearing a personal best of 5-5 for sixth, while Ellie Gamradt overcame a height of 5-1 (10th).
On the men's side, Isaac Readnour and Mason Clough tied for seventh with 6-0.75.
Daja Gordon led the Redhawks in the women's 100 meters running a time of 12.36 for ninth, followed by Sandrea Cogio (12.38, 10th) and Dwaah (12.58, 15th).
Readnour finished the men's 100 meters in 11.30 (17th), while Shea DeGraaf crossed the finish line in 11.60 (22nd).
Taylor Fox was clocked at 2:16.22 for eighth in the 800 meters, while Justin Splitt added a time of 1:55.05 for ninth.
Markeith Crawford (1:56.10, 11th) and Byron Sowerby (1:56.24, 12th) also represented the Redhawks in the men's 800 meters.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Wood completed the event in 57.19 for fourth to lead the Redhawks, while Lay added a time of 59.97 for 10th.
Bartlett also competed in the hurdles for SEMO, finishing in 1:02.24 (13th).
Gordon then paced the Redhawk women in the 200, crossing the finish in 25.82 for seventh, while Dwaah followed in 26.11 for eighth.
Hardin finished in 26.20 (11th), while Eakin (26.75, 18th) and Sandrea Cogio (27.08, 23rd) also ran.
Schwab and Forrest then went 12th (23.06) and 13th (23.25) overall, respectively in the men's 200 meters.
Notre Dame High School graduate Haley Smith completed the 5,000 meters in a personal-best 18:59.92 for sixth, while Sarah Russom added a time of 19:18.72 for eighth.
Seth Gleason and Aaron Modrow went third (15:44.43) and fourth (15:47.93), respectively, in the men's 5,000 meters after Cimmarusti.
The Redhawk women's team of Hardin, Morrill, Payton, and Gray, completed the 4x400 meter relay in 4:04.16 for fifth, while Gordon, Mellor, Keller, and Eastman combined for a time of 4:24.02 (13th) in the relay.
The men's relay team of Schwab, Garrett, Splitt, and Crawford finished the 4x400 meter relay in 3:21.35 for fourth overall, while Bartlett, Thomas Doss, Cimmarusti, and Gleason completed the relay in 3:34.42 (eighth) and Perkins, Eftink, Modrow and Sickles were clocked at 3:41.07 (11th).
Nick South led the SEMO men in the pole vault, overcoming 15-11 for fifth, while Katie Schumer tied for fifth, posting a height of 10-10 in the women's competition.
Nicole Silverlake took seventh in the pole vault, also clearing 10-10.
Jaden Kight finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 141-2, while Emma Sexton added a mark of 122-1 for ninth.
DeGraaf registered a long jump of 21-9.5 for seventh, followed by Wood (21-4.75, 12th) and Mason Clough (18-5.75, 21st).
McGinnitey posted a long jump of 17-8.75 for 10th, while Serena Williams finished with 17-4.25 (14th) and Ciara Potter had a jump of 17-4 (15th).
Victor Mathuthu took fourth in the triple jump, registering a feat of 44-11.75, while on the women's side, Serena Williams finished with 36-7.75 for 11th.
Mason Brock turned in a javelin throw of 203-3 for fourth, while DeGraaf (183-9, seventh), Justin Breault (180-6, eighth), Josh Kile (169-4, ninth), and Readnour (150-0, 13th) also competed.
Josiah Kilgore finished with 210-8 for third, while competing unattached.
SEMO recognized seniors Jon Bissell, Logan Blomquist, Jane Boessen, Kaylee Eakin, Ellie Gamradt, Baily Griffiths, Nicole Humphreys, Victor Mathuthu, Maddie Keller, Dillon Lay, Claire Morrill, Austin Perkins, Katie Schumer, Colin Schwab, Emma Sexton, and Nick South for their careers as Redhawks Saturday.
The SEMO men won the team competition with 186.5 points ahead of Southern Illinois (100 points).
The Redhawk women totaled 91 points for fourth as Murray State topped the leaderboard with 177 points.
SEMO will compete in the Tennessee Relays on Thursday.
Redhawks get past Morehead State
Southeast Missouri State senior pitcher Rachel Rook recorded 10 strikeouts to lead the Redhawks (15-13, 4-3 Ohio Valley Conference) to a 4-0 series-opening win over Morehead State (2-23, 1-8) Saturday in Cape Girardeau.
Rook and Paytience Holman combined to hold the Eagles scoreless on only two hits. It marked SEMO's fourth shutout this season.
Rook struck out eight of the first nine hitters she faced, including seven in a row until the final out in the top of the third.
While Rook was carving up the Eagles, the Redhawk offense worked quickly to get her a lead.
Abigail Rickermann led off with an infield single and went to second on an error.
Kaylee Anderson followed with a base hit and Rickermann scored, while Anderson later touched home on a ground ball out to put SEMO ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
Paige Halliwill doubled and scored on a second hit by Anderson in the third inning.
The Redhawks tacked on one more run when Halliwill doubled again and scored in the fifth.
Rook improved to 9-6, while posting her fifth 10-strikeout performance this year.
Holman tossed two innings with one strikeout.
SEMO finished with six hits, as Anderson and Halliwill each had two to lead the way.
Halliwill went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while Anderson finished at 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
The two teams will play a doubleheader Sunday at noon.
Andrews powers SEMO in close loss
Southeast Missouri State hitter Lincoln Andrews went 3-for-4 with a career-high three home runs as the Redhawks (18-7, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference) dropped a tight 8-7 ballgame to Austin Peay (10-18, 3-2) Saturday.
Andrews homered in each of his first three at-bats, with a solo bomb in each of the second and sixth innings, and a two-run shot in the fourth.
He narrowly missed tying SEMO's all-time single-game home run record of four presently held by Scott Pruneau, who ironically, set his record at Austin Peay on Apr. 13, 2014.
Andrews became the first Redhawk to get three home runs in a game since Matt Tellor accomplished the feat at UT Martin on Mar. 30. 2014.
SEMO pounded out 11 hits, as Jevon Mason (2) and Andrew Keck (2) joined Andrews with multiple hits.
The Redhawks struck first by scoring twice in the top of first and added another tally in the second before getting three more in the fourth.
Keck drove in both runs in the first and Andrews extended SEMO's lead to 3-0 with his first round-tripper of the contest in the second inning.
In the fourth, Ty Stauss started things off with a home run to right field. Following a walk by Mason, Andrews stepped in and slugged a home run down the right-field line.
Andrews then came up again in the sixth and widened the Redhawks' lead with his final home run, this time to right-center.
The Governors scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge SEMO.
Hunter Ralls (3-2) took the loss in relief for SEMO.
On Friday, Mason went 2-for-4 with a run scored as Southeast Missouri State dropped a close 4-3 game to Austin Peay.
Mason claimed his team-high 10th multiple-hit game of the season.
SEMO jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning when Mason led off the game with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Wilber.
Austin Peay answered with a pair of runs during its first at-bat for a 2-1 lead.
The Redhawks regained the lead in the fifth inning, as Brett Graber walked and quickly went to third on an ensuing single by Joel Vaske.
Ben Palmer hit a one-out single down the first base line and Graber scored. Peyton Leeper knocked in Vaske on a two-out hit to right giving SEMO a 3-2 edge.
The Governors scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The two teams will play Sunday at 1 p.m. with Tommy Windt pitching for the Redhawks.
SEMO gymnasts fare well at NCAAs
Anna Kaziska and Jolie Miller represented Southeast Missouri State recently at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Seattle Regional.
The duo had three terrific performances on floor, bars, and beam.
Kaziska opened her third career NCAA Regional with a 9.850 on the floor. The mark was her 10th straight score of 9.800 or higher in 2022.
It was also Kaziska's fourth 9.850 on the floor this season and second straight after tallying the same score at the 2022 MIC Championship in March.
Kaziska tied for 15th on the floor in the first session.
In the third rotation, Miller registered a 9.800 on bars.
She posted her eighth bars routine of 9.800 or higher this season in her first career NCAA Regional.
The junior finished tied for 20th on bars in the first session.
Kaziska hit a 9.850 on beam in the final rotation, which tied for 11th in the first session of the Regional.
The score was also Kaziska's 10th beam mark of 9.775 or higher in 2022.
SEMO will next compete as a team at the 2022 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championships set for Friday through Sunday in Ithaca, New York.
The Redhawks, the 2021 USAG National Team Champions, are ranked sixth in USAG in 2022 with a NQS (national qualifying score) of 193.695.
No. 6 SEMO will compete in the afternoon session (first of two) on Friday against #2 Lindenwood (NQS - 194.700), while #3 Air Force (NQS - 194.670) and #7 West Chester (NQS - 193.245) will also compete.
The Redhawks will open the session on floor.
Texas Woman's, the 2022 MIC Champion, is ranked first overall (NQS - 195.240), and will compete in the evening session (second of two) on Friday against #4 Yale (NQS - 194.110), #5 Brown (NQS - 193.695) and host Cornell (#8, NQS - 192.110).