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Women win at Depauw, Men place second

Women win at Depauw, Men place second

Posted by swoosh on February 21, 2007
Written by: UAH Track Staff

The Lady Chargers won in impressive fashion at the Depauw Invitational, scoring points in every running event and taking first place with 140 points. Greenville finished second with 112 points, while Rhodes was third with 90, and Cumberland tied Depauw for fourth with 65 points.

There were three truly outstanding performances in which the meet record and the UAH school records where broken with first place finishes. The 4 x 200m relay, run by Juneil Gadson (Montgomery), Meghan Smith (Huntsville), Keena Brooks (Knoxville, TN), and Carlita Thomas (Phenix City), won by over three seconds with a time of 1:45.90.

Shana Levett (Auburn) dominated the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.22, which ties her own school record and shattered the meet record. Her time currently ranks 14th in the nation in NCAA Division II. Thomas tied the meet record and broke her own school record in the 55m with a time of 7.19. She lead the way as the Lady Chargers took first through third and fifth place in the event.

Caitlin Heider (Lawrenceville, GA) was also an event winner in the 3000m, finishing with a time of 10:37.19. Earlier in the day, she had already posted a time of 17:58.17 in the 5000m.

"I cannot say enough about how hard our seniors work and how they lead by example," said head coach David Cain. "Shana ran in five races Saturday, including the prelims and finals of the 55m and 55m Hurdles, and a leg of the 4 x 400m Relay."

"Both Caitlin Heider and Brandon York doubled in the two longest events which are the 5000m and 3000m, which is a lot to ask. But all three of these had no complaints and were willing to do whatever they could to help the team win."

The Chargers were led by first place finishes by Mark Ullom (Madison) in the 800m, Matt Ross (Denton, TX) in the 3000m , and the Distance Medley Relay team made up by Sean Allan (Fort Payne), Daniel Smith (Guntersville), Brandon Mader (Duncannon, PA), and Alex Methvin (Bremen).

Ullom had a dramatic come from behind win on the last lap of the 800m to win with a time of 1:57.69. Ross dueled to the finish in the 3000m and got the win by a lean, winning by .14 of a second with a time of 8:48.21. The DMR lead from start to finish and cruised to a time of 11:02.72.

The men revised the UAH record book in several events as well as the 4x200m relay team made up by Kyle Dyar (Albertville), Brandon Ponds (Decatur, GA), Daniel Saint (Scottsboro), and Corderyl Sunday (Bessemer), lowered the record to 1:37.73.

Dyar also broke two other records that he previous held, taking 3rd in the High Jump with a clearance of 6-00, and placing 4th in the long jump with a mark of 20-01.50. Brad Eubanks (Falkville) put his name on record books in the two throwing events with a mark of 35-07.75 in the shot put, and 26-11.25 in the weight throw.

"This was truly a team effort by everyone, and I could not be more pleased with how the team pulled together to go for the team win," Cain said. "It was a big win for the women, and even though the men were just short of winning by a few points I am excited with how much the team has improved since this meet last year when we finished 5th."

"I look forward to next Monday when the NCAA announces the participants for the Indoor Track National Championship. We hope to have several make it in. I think the team has progressed very well through the indoor season and I can not wait for outdoor track to get started. I believe we will have the strongest outdoor track team this spring our program has ever had."

At the Hoosier Hills Classic, Levett set the tone for the day in the first event, as she ran away with a win in the 60m Hurdles. Her time of 8.86 put her name on the national performace list for the first time this season. Thomas broke the school record on her way to victory in the 60m with a time of 7.67. That time moves her up the national performance list to 15th in NCAA DII.

The Men's Distance Medley Relay made another close bid for hitting the national performance list, in a school record time, the Chargers finished first with a time of 10:16.16. Unfortunately they just missed the national provisional qualifying time of 10:15.00.

The relay team (Ross, Sunday, Ullom, and Will Rodgers (Denton, TX)) led the race from start to finish. The women's distance medley relay was made up by Heider, Gadson, Erin Zellers (Red Lion, PA) and Emily Harden (Hamilton), breaking the school record with a time of a 12:20.57, and placing 6th. The Lady Chargers also came up just short of the national mark of 12:20.00.