Southeast Missouri's men's track and field team captured its second straight Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship on Saturday, May13, 2017 at the conference meet held in Oxford, Alabama.
The Redhawk men collected a staggering 182 points throughout the dominant weekend, while second-place Belmont came in with just 138 points.
The victory is the third outdoor championship for the men in the past four years. Head coach Eric Crumpecker was also named men's outdoor head coach of the year.
Senior Zach Gordon was named 2017 Men's Championship MVP for his efforts. Gordon himself collected 22 points for the Redhawks, including finishes of fifth place in the long jump, second-place in the 100-meter, and first place in the 200-meter with a time of 20.70 that ranks third all-time in school history. Gordon was also part of the 4 x 100m relay team that claimed second place.
Logan Blomquist, who had been named the OVC Male Freshman of the Year prior to the start of the championship, collected a pair of silver medals in the shot put and discus. Blomquist became the fourth Redhawk student-athlete from any sport to earn OVC Freshman of the Year honors this year.
In other top finishes for the men, Wesley White took gold in the 110 meter hurdles. And in the pole vault, the Redhawks claimed first through fourth place, led by senior Christian Locke.
This marks the end of Southeast's 2017 outdoor track and field team season. However, twelve Redhawk track & field student-athletes will be advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Regionals, including nine men and three women.
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