Clean Sweep... EIU Wins 4th Straight Track Title

Saturday, February 25 2012 - OVC Championships (Indoors)

EIU Men OVC Champs
NASHVILLE - A clean sweep for Eastern Illinois men's and women's track as both squads won their fourth straight Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Gentry Center in Nashville.

The EIU men entered the day in fourth place but had a dominating day as they won scoring 196 points.  Southeast Missouri was second with 112, Eastern Kentucky third with 94 and host Tennessee State was fourth with 87 points.

The EIU women led from the early going as they finished with 149.5 points.  Eastern Kentucky was second with 101 points followed by Jacksonville State in third with 86 and Tennessee State in fourth with 83.

Tom Akers was named the OVC Coach of the Year.

Seven EIU women's athletes earned second team All-OVC honors as the Panthers won the title with a good overall team performance.

Jade Riebold the OVC Field Athlete of the Year won the pole vault setting the OVC record with a vault of 13'2.50.  Riebold was a first-team All-OVC selection while teammate Abigail Schmitz was a second team All-OVC selection placing second in the event with a pole vault mark of 12'10.75.

Megan Gingerich was second in the 800m with a time of 2:10.42.  Erika Ramos was second in the mile with a time of 4:54.37.  Both athletes earned second team All-OVC honors in those events as well as second team honors as part of the 4x400 relay team that placed second.  Gingerich and Ramos joined Emily Quinones and Bridget Sanchez as the team finished at 3:49.05.

Jalisa Paramore was second in the 55m hurdles at 8.06.  Condia Smith was second in the weight throw with a mark of 52'2.  Both athletes were second team All-OVC honorees.

On the men's side Zye Boey swept the 55m and 200m titles.  Boey led a 1, 2, 3 finish for the Panther men in the 55m with a winning time of 6.35.  Kaleel Johnson was second at 6.39 and Jake Mitchell was third at 6.44.  Boey won the 200m at 21.23 while Johnson was second at 22.15.  Boey was first team All-OVC in both events while Johnson was second team All-OVC.

EIU won the 400m and 800m to add to its first place finishes in running events.  Stefan Gorolwas first in the 400m at 48.69 followed by Cody Boarman in second at 48.90.  Sean Wigganwon the 800m with a time of 1:52.08.  Gorol and Wiggan were first team All-OVC.  Boarman was second team All-OVC joining Lamarr Pottinger who was second team All-OVC with a second place finish in the 55m hurdles.  Pottinger's time was 7.58.

Wiggan, Gorol, Boarman and Joe Augustine were first team All-OVC as part of EIU's winning 4x400 relay team that posted a 3:15.95 time.

In field events EIU swept the medal podium in the pole vault.  Mick Viken placed first for the second straight year with a winning height of 16'8.75.  Scott Mammoser and Joe Noonanboth cleared 15'11 with Mammoser earning second place and Noonan third place based on number of attempts.  Viken was first team All-OVC; Mammoser was second team All-OVC.

Donald Romero wrapped up the winning performances for EIU taking home top honors in the weight throw with a 62'3.  Romero earned first team All-OVC honors.

A select group of EIU athletes will compete next weekend in NCAA Last Chance qualifying meets.


butirunSunday, February 26 :: 8:26:21 pm      
Congratulations EIU!