Track and Field wins four event titles at Gladstein Invitational

    Jan. 21, 2012

    Complete Results

    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.

    Allison Gallo's time of 2:22.24 in the women's 800m placed her tenth among 40 competitors. Freshman Blake Green competed in the men's 400m dash taking ninth place. He finished with a time of 51.17.

    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.

    The men's 60 meter hurdles saw Matthew Benes and Jeremy Bankston finish eighth and ninth with times of 8.39 and 8.44, respectively.

    Stephen Arvanis wrapped up the running events for the Salukis placing fourth in the one-mile run with a time of 4:18.32.



    After a win in the weight throw competition Friday night, J.C. Lambert collected another title in the men's shot put competition. Lambert recorded a throw of 57-05.75 to earn the first place finish. Brian Cooper finished in third place with a mark of 52-04.75.

    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.