Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area College Athletes: Henderson Burning Up the Track for San Diego State

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area College Athletes: Henderson Burning Up the Track for San Diego State

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How long Ashley Henderson holds the honor is up in the air, but for right now she's the fastest woman in the world this year.

Henderson, a Hazelwood Central product who runs at San Diego State, clocked a 10.98 in the in the 100-meter dash last Saturday at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Her effort is one of two women's times under 11 seconds this year, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for track and field. (USC freshman Twanisha Terry has run a 10.99.)

A senior, Henderson also established a school record with the 10.98.

"It feels amazing!" Henderson told goaztecs.com.

San Diego State track coach Shelia Burrell told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Henderson managed the time while competing in just her third outdoor meet of the spring.

And the best may be yet to come.

"We haven't hit the top end of what we think she can do this season," said Burrell, who competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in the heptathlon.

Henderson has gone from a personal best of 11.84 in high school to 11.64 as a college freshman, 11.21 as a sophomore and a then-school record 11.01 last year.

She is scheduled to run next at the Mountain West Conference championships May 9-12 in Fresno, Calif., followed two weeks later by the NCAA prelims in Sacramento, Calif. The NCAA championships are June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.

"I think she has the ability to run faster than she has so far," Burrell said. "I hate to put a number on it, because in track we have a tendency to run tight when we're chasing a number. But there are still things in her race she can clean up. She can go faster."

LOCAL SEMO CONNECTION

Southeast Missouri is putting the finishing touches on one of its best softball seasons, thanks in great part to a bevy of local players.

The Redhawks ended the regular season 33-18 and are the most games over .500 since SEMO went 31-17 in 1999. The Redhawks are assured their first winning record since 2011.

SEMO, which opens Missouri Valley Conference postseason tournament play Wednesday in Oxford, Ala., has been led at the plate by sophomore outfielder Rachel Anderson (Edwardsville), junior outfielder Mykaela Arellanes (Holt) and senior catcher Abbey Tillotson (Fort Zumwalt North).

Anderson, who won three Southwestern Conference batting titles in high school, leads SEMO with a .371 average. Arellanes is batting .354, while Tillotson (.298) is tied for the team lead with 30 RBIs and has hit seven home runs.

Senior pitcher Madeline Krumrey (Eureka) and junior pitcher Haley Thogmartin (Kirkwood) have combined for 25 of SEMO's victories. Krumrey is 13-7, and Thogmartin 12-6 with a team-leading 2.10 earned-run average.

SEMO has 13 local players on its team, including sophomore infielder-pitcher Addison Barnouski (O'Fallon), who has hit seven home runs. …

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