Jan. 27, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Saluki men's and women's weight throwers highlighted the day for the Southern Illinois track and field teams in the first day of competition Friday at the Rod McCravy Memorial, hosted by the University of Kentucky.
Southern Illinois led the men's weight throw, as five Salukis finished in the top ten of 23 competitors. Top dawg J.C. Lambert took the title with a mark of 69-09.50. Collin Otto followed placing second with a toss of 60-01.25. Greg Semanisin and Bradley Sauer placed sixth and seventh with throws of 57-09.00 and 55-11.00, respectively.
Once again meeting the NCAA automatic mark, Jeneva McCall recorded a throw of 70-05.25, six feet more than the second place finisher, Jazmin Miller, of Ole Miss.
Notably, Freshman Amanda Hillard set a new personal best with a throw of 50-00.05.
"It wasn't a bad performance we had two wins and a personal best," said SIU head coach Connie-Price Smith. "I think everyone was a little stiff coming in off the bus and competing so we will see where we are tomorrow. "
"I think tomorrow will be a better day, everyone is ready to come out and compete hard. "
Competition at the Rod McCravy Memorial continues Saturday morning.