Salukis take second in both men's and women's competition at Illini Classic

    Senior Kim Fortney took her first event win on Saturday in the shot put.

    Senior Kim Fortney took her first event win on Saturday in the shot put.

    Jan. 19, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Saluki men's and women's track and field both took second place at the Illini Classic on Saturday, claiming six event wins along the way.

    Once again, Southern's performance was highlighted by the dominance of the throwers, who took all four throwing events at the Illini Classic.

    In the women's shot put, the Salukis placed three in the top five. Atop them was senior Kim Fortney, who earned her first shot put event win of the season with a mark of 15.86m (52-0.25).

    Also placing in the top five were sophomores DeAnna Price (fourth place, 14.19m/46-6.75) and Ashley Gaston (fifth place, 13.96m/45-9.75).

    SIU shellacked the competition in the women's weight throw, placing four in the top-five and seven in the top-ten. DeAnna Price earned top-billing with a throw of 19.08m (62-7.25). Fortney (second, 18.99m/62-3.75), Sophia Lozano (third, 18.83m/61-9.50) and Gaston (fifth, 17.11m/56-1.75)) rounded out the top-five.

    On the men's side, freshman Josh Freeman's 18.19m (59-8.25) mark earned him another shot put title to add to his credits. His mark was nearly four feet better than second place, and it places Freeman at fifth place all-time at SIU in the indoor men's shot put.

    Also placing in the top-five in the men's shot put for Southern was junior Brian Cooper (16.41m/53-10.25).

    Sophomore Bradley Sauer won his second weight throw title of the season with a throw of 19.91m (65-4), which was nearly three feet better than second place.



    The remaining two titles came from the jumping events, one each from Nassau, Bahamas natives Kenya Culmer (high jump) and Dougie Palacious (long jump). This was Culmer's third consecutive high jump title this year, and Palacious' first in the long jump. Culmer and Palacious also each finished second in the triple jump.

    Other top performances came from: Matthew Benes (60m hurdles, 8.16, second of seven), Lauren Cheadle (long jump, 5.25m, second of seven), Tess Shubert (600m, 1:35.04, second of 19), Sarah Rautio (long jump, 5.20m, third of seven), Eric Reeves (long jump, 6.68m, third of seven), Blake Green (400m, 51.32, fourth of 12) and Nirupama Sunderraj (200m, 25.72, ninth of 22).

    Saluki track and field will travel south next Friday, Jan. 25, for the two-day Rod McCravy Invitational at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.