Redhawks Show Support for Tough Like Teddie

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Early Friday morning, the Southeast Missouri football team stood beside its rival across the Mississippi River to show support for a great cause.
Southern Illinois Hall of Fame quarterback Joel Sambursky and his family recently welcomed a baby boy to the world, but Theodore was born with some health complications. Today, friends of the family and other programs across the country are rallying behind the Samburskys. SIU head coach Nick Hill contacted SEMO head coach Tom Matukewicz this week asking if the Redhawks would get on board.
Since Teddy is 100 days old, the SEMO football coaches and student-athletes participated in a 100-yard run at Houck Field. Players and coaches were divided into teams of three. Two members of the team had to carry the other person for the entire 100-yard jaunt.
Anyone showing support today is asked to use #ToughLikeTeddie on all social media posts


Ward Wins Long Jump at Pan American Junior Championships
Ward captures Gold in second U.S. Junior National Team performance

LIMA, PERU – Mizzou Track & Field sophomore Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, Ill.) soared to victory on Friday, winning the long jump at the 2017 Pan American Junior Championships on Friday in Lima, Peru. The first-place finish came during Ward’s second U.S. Junior National Team appearance. Last year, Ward posted a sixth-place finish in the long jump at the IAAF U20 World Championships in Poland.

Ward captured the title with a jump of 7.77m (25-5.75), finishing just ahead of Brazil’s Gabriel M dos Santos Oliveira who produced a jump of 7.73m (25-4.25).

Ward clinched his trip to Peru after producing a jump of 7.81m (25-7.5) at the U.S. Junior Championships June 23 in Sacramento, California. The Cahokia, Illinois, native outjumped the competition by nearly a full foot, as second-place finisher Justin Hall (Texas Tech) jumped 7.56m (24-9.75). In June 2016, Ward posted a mark of 7.84 (25-8.75) to win his first junior long jump U.S. title. He then went on to jump 7.68m (25-2.25) and finish sixth at the IAAF U20 World Championships.

In his first season in the Black & Gold, Ward captured the SEC outdoor long jump title and was named the SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season. In a clutch performance for the ages, Ward upset 2017 NCAA Indoor Long Jump National Champion KeAndre Bates (Florida) to capture his first career conference title. In his final attempt, Ward jumped 8.13m (26-8.25), a mark which ranks second in program history, and was second in the nation and fourth in the junior world rankings (under 20) at the time of the jump.

In his freshman campaign, Ward also posted the eighth-best triple jump mark in outdoor program history at the John McDonnell Invitational (April 22), posting a mark of 15.44m (50-8). Prior to Mizzou, Ward was one of the most prized jumping recruits in the country after winning four Illinois state titles, including both the triple jump and long jump state titles in 2015.