Jan. 21, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois track & field team wrapped up competition in Bloomington, Ind., at the Gladstein Invitational Saturday, as they captured a total of four event titles.
The day began with the completion of the heptathlon. Ryan Sidwell placed second with a total of 4904 points, finishing behind Memphis Tiger, Marc Klaschka. Dean Jordan also competed in the heptathlon for the Salukis placing ninth.
SIU had a strong showing on the track placing athletes in the top-ten in ten separate events.
Leading the Saluki sprinters, Dominic Williams finished in third place in the men's 200m dash setting a personal best time of 22.61. For the women, Amiris Warren placed fourth in the 60m dash recording a time of 7.73. Warren also competed in the 200m dash finishing in the fifth position clocking in at 25.06.
Jawon Smith had another show stopping performance in the men's 600m run. Smith took second place behind an unattached individual with a time of 1:21.26, beating out competitors from Indiana University, Butlter, and Memphis.
Stephen Arvanis wrapped up the running events for the Salukis placing fourth in the one-mile run with a time of 4:18.32.
On the women's side, the throwers had a breakthrough day. Jeneva McCall placed second behind former Saluki Brittany Riley. McCall recorded a throw of 74-11.25. Rickael Roach (65-06.75) and Kim Fortney (63-02.00) took spots three and four, each recording throws to meet the United States Track and Field (USTAF) provisional mark.
In other field events, Nina Okafor placed seventh in the long jump competition with a distance of 17-10.25. Also recording a seventh place finish was Riley Bruce. Bruce competed in the triple jump with a final mark of 36-02.25. Maxim Bakana placed third in the men's long jump. Vincent Johnson followed placing sixth.
The Salukis will next compete Jan. 27-28 when they travel to the University of Kentucky to participate in the Rod McCravy Invitational.