Track and Field Teams Lead Day One of the McDonald's Invitational




    Feb. 4, 2005

    By Shalae Schulte
    www.siusalukis.com

    Results

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University men's and women's track and field teams sit in first place following field event competition on day one of the McDonald's Invitational.

    The women throwers once again dominated, taking six of the top seven spots in the weight throw to score 33 points in the first event. The Salukis lead the meet with 39 points through two events. Austin Peay is in second place with 14 points, followed by Eastern Illinois with 10.

    Amarachi Ukabam placed first in the weight with a toss of 67-05.50, solidifying her automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Venisha Williams posted a second-place finish with a toss of 61-02.75 and Katy Ritten placed third with a mark of 58-01.00. Brittany Riley (57-00.75), Janine Batchelor (54-07.50) and Megan Cenkush (54-00.00) placed fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

    Jumper Inna Turevsky scored the final six points of the night for the SIU women placing third in the triple jump with an effort of 38-02.75.

    On the men's side, the Salukis (31.5) have a 12.5-point advantage over second-place Memphis (19) while Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (15), Illinois State (14), Rend Lake (13) and Eastern Illinois (13) round out the top five.

    Mark Milleville took first place in the men's weight throw with a toss of 63-00.25. Matt Weishaar (57-01.00), Brenton Siemons (55-00.00) and Joe Mueller (53-08.25) finished sixth, seventh and eighth to score points for the Salukis as well.

     

     

    Josh Cullers placed third in the pole vault clearing 13-11.25, while Kevin Lawrence placed fifth with a jump of 13-05.25. Kenen Shadd ended the night with a third-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 48-00.00.

    Competition will resume Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the women's pole vault. Running events will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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