Junior Kenya Culmer broke her own SIU record in the indoor high jump, posting a 5-10.75 mark.
Jan. 25, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Saluki track and field won two events on day one of the Rod McCravy Invitational at the University of Kentucky on Friday.
Junior Kenya Culmer took the first Saluki title with her fourth consecutive high jump victory. The Bahamian native once again broke the indoor record in the high jump at SIU, this time eclipsing 1.80m (5-10.75).
In the men's weight throw, sophomore Bradley Sauer took first place by nearly two-and-a-half feet with his throw of 20.35m (66-09.25). That heave, as of now, ranks second in the nation in the indoor men's weight throw. Entering competition Friday, Sauer held the third best mark in the nation at 20.31m (66-07.75).
Southern fell just short of sweeping the weight throw, however. The Saluki women occupied places two-through-four, but came one-and-one-half inch shy of taking the win. Second-place finisher, senior Kim Fortney, came the closest to unseating Louisville's Amashi-Ali Kendall with her last throw of 19.76m (64-10.00), which is Fortney's personal best in the weight throw.
Other notable performances came from DeAnna Price (third) and Sophia Lozano (fourth) in the weight throw; Lauren Cheadle (sixth) and Sarah Rautio (ninth) in the long jump; and from Curtis Wideman, who finished seventh in the men's weight throw.
The Salukis will compete in the remainder of the Rod McCravy Invitational on Saturday, beginning with women's shot put at 11 a.m.