Weight Throwers sweep on first day of Rod McCravy Invitational

    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.

    Senior's Jeneva McCall and J.C. Lambert were the two Salukis to win events Friday, sweeping the weight throw competition.

    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.

    The Senior thrower was joined in the top ten by three more Salukis, as Rickael Roach took third (63-02.75), Kim Fortney finished fifth (60-05.25), and DeAnna Price claimed eighth place (58-06.00).

    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. "



    In jumps, Malaikah Love finished 14th in the long jump a field of 46 competitors with a distance of 18-05.75. Nina Okafor placed 27th (17-01.25) while Rylie Bruce placed 42nd (15.11.75).

    On the men's side, Maxim Bakana jumped 22-03.50 to place 12th. Eric Reeves followed placing 15th with a distance of 21-01.50, and Bailee Ricketts placed 17th (20-10.50).

    "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.