Salukis take seven more event titles to conclude Saluki Open

    Senior Tess Shubert won the 400m race with a time of 56.78.

    Senior Tess Shubert won the 400m race with a time of 56.78.

    Jan. 12, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

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    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki track and field added seven more event wins on day two of the unscored Saluki Open on Saturday at the SIU Recreation Center, pushing their meet total to eight titles.

    In addition to yesterday's men's pole vault win, the Salukis snatched wins in the triple jump, 60m hurdles, mile run and 3000m run on the men's side, and the high jump, 400m and 800m races in women's competition.

    Junior Dougie Palacious added another triple jump title to his credits on Saturday, repeating his efforts in last month's Saluki Fast Start. Palacious bested Bethel's Luke James by nearly a meter, posting a 14.99m mark in the win.

    Also repeating for Southern was junior Matthew Benes, whose 8.39 finals mark earned him a second consecutive win in the 60m hurdles.

    After a superb cross country season in the fall and a record-breaking track season in 2012, senior Zach Dahleen kicked off his 2013 season with yet another win in the mile run. Dahleen's 4:09.21 mark was over four seconds ahead of second place.

    The last men's title came from senior Neal Anderson in the 3000m race. Anderson's 8:32.57 time was six seconds better than second place.

    Junior Kenya Culmer tied her personal best and SIU indoor record in the high jump, eclipsing 1.78m for yet another time during her Saluki career. Culmer owns both the indoor and outdoor high jump records at Southern, and also holds those event records in the Bahamas.

    Southern's last two wins came in the mid-distance 400m and 800m races. Senior Tess Shubert's time of 56.78 earned her top billing in the 400m race, and two-time All-MVC selection in the 800m race, sophomore Mobola Rotibi, took another win in the 800m, clocking in at 2:18.67.

    Saluki throwers dominated in competition for the second straight day, placing the highest collegiate finisher in both the men's and womens shot put. Kim Fortney threw 16.15m for second place behind former Saluki Jeneva McCall, and on the men's side freshman Josh Freeman led the Saluki men for the second straight meet with his mark of 17.21m.

    "Overall we had a good start," said head coach Connie Price-Smith. "Although, there were some good and some not so good in there as well. This meet showed us where we are and what we need to work on to get ready for next week and the weeks to come."

    Saluki track and field will make their first road trip to Champaign, Ill. next Saturday, Jan. 19, for the Illini Classic.