Friday, February 24, 2006
NASHVILLE --- The Southeast Missouri State women's team and the Eastern Illinois men's squad are the first day leaders after the completion of five events at the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference O'Reilly Indoor Track and Field Championships being held at the Gentry Center on the campus of Tennessee State University. The Southeast Redhawk women's team scored 41 points, holding a 10-point lead over second place Eastern Kentucky. The host TSU Tigerbelles are third with 29, followed by Eastern Illinois 25, Austin Peay 22, Samford 18, Jacksonville State 15, Murray State 6, Tennessee Tech 3, and Morehead State 3. The EIU men's team has a more comfortable lead after the first day. The Panthers scored 67.5 with the TSU Tigers in second with 32.5. Southeast Missouri is right behind with 32 followed by Eastern Kentucky 25, Samford 14, Morehead State 11, and Murray State 10. Southeast Missouri's Jennifer Cawood won the final women's event of the night, the 5,000-meters with a time of 17:56.0. TSU's Latheria Lewis won the women's shot put with a best throw of 48 feet, 8.25 inches. Austin Peay's Sherlonda Lewis won the long jump with best leap of 20-01.00, Samford's Laura Malnati the high jump (5:08.50), and EKU won the distance medley with time of 12:16.10. In the men's competition, TSU took one-two in the long jump with the Tigers Buford Williams winning with a 24-06.50, followed by teammate Saihou Mbenga who took second. EIU's Jason Stark won the high jump (6:09.75) and Jimmy Schulz the shot put (54-00.00). The Panthers also took top honors in the distance medley with a time of 10:07.89. EKU's Jacob Korir concluded the evening's events by winning the men's 5,000-meters with a time of 15:06.89. The preliminary running events were highlighted by the performance of Southeast Missouri standout Miles Smith. Smith took top qualifying times in the 400, 200, and 55-meter dashes. Competition resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Gentry Center.