Track and Field take first place at Saluki Invitational

    Feb. 4, 2012

    Final Stats

    By Robin Thuringer


    -- The Southern Illinois men's and women's track and field teams won the 2012 Saluki Invitational that concluded Saturday inside the SIU Recreation Center. The women's team scored 195.5 points to beat Austin Peay in second place by 112 points and the men scored 248 to win by 152 points, over Southern University who finished second.

    In all, the Saluki women won five events in the meet, four of which came on Saturday. The men won seven events over the course of the meet, five of those were on the final day.

    Kenya Culmerhad the highlight individual performance of the weekend, as she broke the school record in the high jump that was set by Felicia Hill in 1999. The Nassau, Bahamas native recorded a jump of 5-10.00 to take the title in the event.

    "It was a really great meet for us this weekend," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith. "It is always great to see the athletes recording new personal records and also to see a school record broken is exciting."

    The SIU jumpers had a successful meet all-around. Malaikah Love won the women's triple jump with a distance of 42-04.25, breaking her own previous school record. Culmer followed to place second. On the men's side, Doug Palacious finished first in the triple jump. The 49-10.00 leap set a new personal record for Palacious. Senior Maxim Bakana placed second with a mark of 48-01.25. Kendrick Branch finished third in the high jump, Ryan Sidwellplaced fourth.



    Matthew Benes and Malaikah Loveeach won the 60-meter hurdles. Benes finished with a time of 8.27 while Love finished with a time of 8.62 seconds, which now ranks her fourth in all-time SIU history.

    Freshman Amiris Warren competed in the 60-meter dash finishing with a time of 7.64. This places Warren sixth all-time in the SIU record books. Desiree White also ran, placing fifth with a time of 7.87. White also competed in the 200-meter dash placing fourth among 45 runners. Lauren Cheadleplaced seventh in the 200-meter dash.

    Southern Illinois posted a one-two-three-four finish in the men's-one mile run. Dan Dunbar won the event with a time of 4:16.73. Neal Anderson, Kulayifi Haji, and Nich Schrader finished second, third, and fourth. Lacey Gibsonran in the women's race finishing second (5:19.31).

    Coming off of a win in the men's one-mile race last weekend at the Rod McCravy Invitational, Zach Dahleen competed in the 800-meter run, winning the event. Dahleen clocked in at 1:53.02 to rank him third in the Missouri Valley Conference standings this season. Oscar Medina finished in third place with a tie of 1:56.37. Allison Galloplaced second in the women's 800m. Her time was 2:17.22, ranking her top-five in the Valley.

    For the second week in a row, J.C. Lambert and Jeneva McCallswept the throwing events. Saturday both throwers took the titles in the shot put competition. Lambert's toss was recorded at 58-04.50 while McCall's mark was 56-04.75.

    Kim Fortney finished behind McCall. She posted a distance of 50-02.50. Brian Cooperwas the next Saluki finisher behind Lambert. He recorded a throw of 53-01.75 to place third.

    Other notable performances included a third place finish in the 3000m run by Sadie Darnell who finished in at 10:22.01. Juan Carerra and Brad Wrage finished in the two-three positions in the men's 3000m. Ryan Sidwellran a 50.13, 400m to place second.

    Overall, the Salukis recorded 13-second place finishes, and 10-third place finishes to breeze past the eleven competing schools.

    "We are in a great position as a team as we are getting ready to go into our conference meet," Price-Smith said. "There are people that I have been looking for to step up and fill voids and they definitely came out and did so this weekend."

    The Dawgs will travel to Ames, Iowa next to compete in the Iowa State Classic, Feb. 10-11.