Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
SIU will end up sending five athletes in six events to Eugene, Ore., on June 11-14 for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Ashley Gaston (discus), Kyle Landon (freshman) and Curtis Wideman (hammer throw) each put in national qualifying performances on Friday.
Senior Kenya Culmer was added to the women's high jump after medical scratches earlier this week.
The NCAA West Region Preliminary Round Championships will be held May 29-31 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Four All-MVC Honors (Indoor and Outdoor)
NCAA Regional Qualifier in the high jump (15th place) and triple jump (24th place)...MVC Scholar-Athlete...Runner up in the high jump at the conference meet both indoors and outdoors, and finished third in the triple jump at both meets as well...Won 12 titles across both the indoor and outdoor season (eight in the high jump, four in the triple jump)...Started indoor season off with five consecutive high jump wins...Broke her own SIU all-time record in the indoor high jump at the Rod McCravy Invitational at the University of Kentucky on Jan. 25, where she cleared 1.80m (5-10.75)..Also posted personal bests in the indoor (12.51m) and outdoor triple jump (12.59m), which respectively rank fourth and second in SIU history...Was All-Academic Board.
Capital One Academic All-District
MVC Champion, High Jump
Collegiate Female Field Athlete of he Year (Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations)
NCAA Regional Qualifier...Broke the SIU indoor and outdoor records in the high jump, as well as the indoor and outdoor records for her home country of The Bahamas...Posted 11 top three finishes combined in the indoor and outdoor season, including five wins, all in the high jump...Qualified for the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Under-23 Championship Games held in Mexico.
All-MVC, High Jump
Qualified for the NCAA Regional in the high jump...Competed in the MVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships...Recorded ten top-five finishes in the 2010-2011 season.
High School/St. Augustine's College
Three time Carifta Games qualifier...Pan American Games qualifier...Central American and Caribbean Jr. Championships qualifier.
Born Nov. 14, 1992...Full name is Kenya Nafeia Cecilia Culmer...Daughter of Kirkland and Eleanor Culmer...Has two siblings, Kirkland and Kaiwan...Majoring in business management.