Track and Field completes day one of Saluki Open

    Sophomore Bradley Sauer set a personal best in the weight throw at 20.31m.

    Sophomore Bradley Sauer set a personal best in the weight throw at 20.31m.

    Jan. 11, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki track and field took one event title on Friday at day one of the unscored Saluki Open at the SIU Recreation Center.

    Of the three field events completed on day one -- the weight throw, long jump and pole vault -- Southern took the men's pole vault for its first title of the meet. Sophomore Alex Lietz set a personal best in the pole vault at 4.60m, which propelled him to the win over second-place finisher, Saluki sophomore John Baughman.

    Southern had yet another strong showing in the weight throw, occupying at least five of the top-ten positions in both the men's and women's events.

    On the women's side, sophomore Sophia Lozano was the highest collegiate finisher at third place, recording her personal best of 20.32m. DeAnna Price (fourth), Kim Fortney (fifth), Ashley Gaston (sixth), D'Monami Gardner (seventh) and Erin Scott (ninth) all finished within the top-ten. Also recording personal bests were Gaston (17.56m) Scott (15.40m).

    For the men, sophomore Bradley Sauer was once again atop the collegiate finishers in second place. Sauer broke a personal best in the weight throw he set only last month at the Saluki Fast Start, this time throwing 20.31m. Curtis Wideman, Greg Semanisin, Brian Cooper, Josh Freeman and Kyle Walker all finished in succession behind Sauer for a strong Saluki contingent in the top-ten. Wideman's mark of 18.41m was also a personal top mark.



    In the long jump, senior Eric Reeves notched another top-three finish with a third-place 7.00m jump, and junior Sarah Rautio posted her first top-five finish with a mark of 5.38m (fourth place).

    In the women's pole vault, the SIU Recreation Center record was broken by Nike's Kylie Hutson, who vaulted 4.35m (14-3.25), which surpassed the previous mark of 13-7.25 set by Kelly Suttle of Bell Athletics in 1999.

    The remaining events will occur Saturday morning, starting with the remaining field events at 10 a.m. and the races starting at 10:30 a.m. at the SIU Recreation Center.