By Jill Stinson/Assistant sports editor
The women’s indoor track and field team finished second in OVC competition with 108 points, while the men came in third with 116 points in the final standings Saturday. “I was pleased with the second place finish of our women,” said head coach Rick Erdmann.
Eastern Illinois’ men won their fourth straight OVC indoor track and field crown, while Southeast Missouri’s women claimed its fourth title in the past eight years.
The lack of an indoor facility and bad weather kept the teams from being able to practice, according to Erdmann. Also Eastern doesn’t compete in several events; therefore, they must make up the difference in the events in which they do compete.
In the women’s competition senior Cynita Hoskins edged out Samford’s April Howell to win the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.62 seconds. Freshman Nichole Gibson and sophomore Ebony Jones finished fourth and fifth. Gibson also finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.60 and placed eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26 minutes and 59 seconds.
Sophomore Shannon Tobias finished fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 17.65 seconds, followed by senior Allison Smith who placed sixth in 2:19.55.
Junior Wendee Embry won the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:41.57. Kellie McClung finished third with a time of 18:23.36, while sophomore Erica Nichols finished eighth with a time of 18:46.94.
Embry finished third in the 300-meter run with a time of 10:20.59. McClung, Nichols and Molly Dattilo placed sixth, seventh and eighth.
“Wendee Embry scored a lot of points for us, and that was the difference,” Erdmann said.
In the mile run, Tiffaney Cartwright placed third with a time of 5:03.33, followed by Engle in fourth with a time of 5:08.56 and McClung at fifth with a time of 5:13.16. Embry came in seventh for the Colonels with a time of 5:14.89.
Senior Lacsheia Turner was third in the long jump with a distance of 18-5 3/4, while sophomore Ebony Jones placed 14th at 17-8 1/4. Jones was third in the high jump with a height of 5-4 1/4, while Turner was 9th in the triple jump at 36-3. Senior Erin Davis finished 13th in the shot put with a distance of 34-2 1/4.
The 400-meter relay team of Gibson, Onyinyechi Chuku, Allison Smith and Shannon Tobias placed fourth with a time of 3:59.18.
The men were quite the competitors as well. Marvin Elmore won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.71 seconds, followed by Dallas Robinson who was second with a time of 6.92. Aaron Coney finished third with a time of 6.95. Robinson was second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.98, followed by Elmore at third with a time of 22.42. Coney placed fifth with a time of 22.68.
In the mile run, Steve Maina led the way for the Colonels with a second place finish, with a time of 4:15.30. Maina won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.76.
“Steve Maina was our big scorer with 24 of our 116 points,” Erdmann said.
James Machungo finished third in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8 minutes 42.59 seconds, while Maina was fifth at 8:46.50. Machungo placed fifth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:34.05.
In the men’s distance medley relay, the team of Maina, Chris Franklin, Rutto and Scott took second with a time of 10:14.72. Franklin, Robinson, Elmore and Coney finished fourth in the 400-meter relay with a time of 3:25.30.
Junior Jon Walker was second in the long jump with a distance of 22-10 3/4.
In the triple jump, Brittle led all Colonels with a sixth-place finish after his 43-5 jump.
In the shot put, senior Elijah Rader was ninth with a throw of 42-10 3/4. Tristan Blackburn finished 13th in the shot put with a distance of 37-3 and ninth in the 35 lb. weight throw with a distance of 38-2.
“We lacked some toughness, and I was disappointed in that,” Erdmann said.