Salukis take three event titles and score two runners-up at Day One of Indiana Relays

    Junior Krista Menghini won the 3K run with a personal best time of 9:56.37, the ninth-best time in SIU history.

    Junior Krista Menghini won the 3K run with a personal best time of 9:56.37, the ninth-best time in SIU history.

    Jan. 31, 2014

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    By Tyler Wooten

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Saluki track and field scored three open event titles and placed two runners-up at Day One of the Indiana Relays at the Gladstein Fieldhouse on Friday.

    Southern's first win came early in the day courtesy of junior distance runner Krista Menghini in the open 3000 meter run. Menghini won with a personal best time of 9:56.37, which now ranks as the ninth-best time in SIU history and the seventh-best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2014.

    The Salukis waited until the tail end of the meet to claim their final two titles, setting the stage for a competitive invitational-dominated Day Two on Saturday.

    Sophomore Kemar Jones won the open high jump with a personal best leap of 2.06m (6-09.00), which is currently the fifth-best mark in the Valley. At the top of that list is Saluki freshman Kyle Landon (2.17m/7-01.50), who will compete in the invitational high jump on Day Two.

    Finally, fellow sophomore Alexus Scott won her first career shot put title with a monster PR in the open shot put. Scott's winning heave of 15.62m (51-03.00) bested her previous best by nearly two feet and puts her at fourth in the MVC, seventh all-time at SIU and 33rd nationally. As it stands, SIU's female throwers now claim three of the top-five shot put marks in the conference.

    Freshman Franklin Adams continued his impressive start in the long jump, registering his fourth-consecutive top-five finish in the open long jump on Saturday. Adams came close to a PR with his second-place leap of 7.08m (23-02.75). Currently, Adams has the second-best long jump mark in the conference at 7.13m (23-04.75).

    Southern's second runner-up was junior mid-distance runner Mobola Rotibi, who set a personal best in the open mile at 4:59.64. Rotibi's time is a team-best in 2014 and is currently the seventh-best in the MVC -- giving SIU two milers in the top-10 in the conference (Sadie Darnell, eighth).

    The Salukis also had two sprinters qualify for finals that will be run on Saturday. Senior hurdler Matthew Benes ran a season-best 8.09 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles, which was the seventh-best qualifying mark of the day. Junior Amiris Warren snuck into the 60 meter dash finals with a qualifying time of 7.79, the 15th-best time of the day.

    Day Two of the Indiana Relays will begin at 8:35 a.m. with the men's and women's 400 meter dash prelims, which will be followed by the women's invitational weight throw and long jump at 9 a.m.

    Men's Notable Performances
    Open Weight Throw
    3. Josh Freeman - 18.47m (60-07.25) - PR
    7. Brian Cooper - 17.30m (56-09.25)

    Open Pole Vault
    T-5h. Chad Weaver - 4.65m (15-03.00)

    Open 3000 meter run
    5. Oscar Medina - 8:29.75 - PR

    Women's Notable Performances
    Open Long Jump
    7. Sarah Rautio - 5.48m (17-11.75)

    Open High Jump
    T-4th. Amy Rzepczynski - 1.60m (5-03.00)

    Open Weight Throw
    6. Alexus Scott - 18.00m (59-00.75)

    Open 600 meter run
    11. Jessica Jump - 1:38.45 - PR

    Pole Vault
    6. Katie Trupp - 3.75m (12-03.50)
    11. Caselyn Harding - 3.60m (11-09-75) - PR, third all-time at SIU