Salukis win two events at Day One of GVSU Big Meet

    Junior Dougie Palacious won the triple jump with a GVSU Big Meet record of 15.13m (49-07.75).

    Junior Dougie Palacious won the triple jump with a GVSU Big Meet record of 15.13m (49-07.75).

    Feb. 8, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Saluki track and field broke two meet records en route to two event wins on Day One of the GVSU Big Meet at Grand Valley State on Friday.

    Senior Zach Dahleen won his third mile run in three attempts by nearly five seconds with a time of 4:00.46, breaking the GVSU Big Meet record by over two seconds. Dahleen's time is thirty tenths of a second off his personal best (4:00.16, Mar. 2, 2012, SIU's indoor mile record), and currently brings him up from 46th to 21st nationally in the mile run for the 2013 season.

    Dougie Palacious won his fourth triple jump title of 2013 with a final leap of 15.13m (49-07.75), breaking the Big Meet record by four inches. The Bahamian native broke into the top-50 nationally in the triple jump, currently sitting at 48th.

    Southern placed five throwers in the top-five in the men's and women's weight throw and shot put against stiff competition.

    On the women's side, the Salukis were led again by senior Kim Fortney -- who finished third in both the shot put and weight throw. Fortney -- who is ranked 20th nationally in both events -- competed against Illinois State's Brittany Smith, who is ranked in the top-five in both events. Also placing in the top five in the weight throw was DeAnna Price (fourth place).

    SIU placed fourth in both the men's shot put and weight throw. Freshman Josh Freeman -- nationally ranked 20th in the shot put -- threw 17.43m (57-02.25) for fourth place in the shot put. Sophomore Bradley Sauer -- nationally ranked fourth in the weight throw -- also placed fourth in the weight, falling behind Michigan State's Antonio James and Lonnie Pugh, who are both ranked seventh and eighth behind Sauer, respectively.



    Kenya Culmer suffered her first loss in the high jump, and it came down to a tiebreak with unattached Ericka Schroll. Culmer and Schroll both cleared 1.76m (5-09.25), and it came down to total misses in the sixth attempt to break the tie. Culmer is still ranked 17th nationally in the high jump.

    Also placing in the long jump was senior Eric Reeves, who leaped 6.96m (22-10.00) for fourth place, his fifth top-five finish this season.

    Southern's sprinters had an impressive day, placing four runners in the top-five. Matt Benes (60 meter hurdles, 8.17, fourth place), Ryan Sidwell (400m dash, 48.42, fifth place), Tess Shubert (200m dash, 25.02, 13th place, PR; 400m, 55.62, fourth place) and Amiris Warren (60m, 7.58, fifth place; 200m, 24.95, 11th place) all turned in impressive performances, as did the Saluki 4x400m relay squads -- who both posted season bests.

    Saluki distance runners also had a good first day at the Big Meet. Sadie Darnell (3000m, 9:52.42 PR, sixth place), Evan Ehrenheim (5000m, 14:49.75 PR, 21st place), Kelley Gallagher (Mile, 4:58.58 PR, 13th place) and Lacey Gibson (5000m, 17:11.75 PR, 15th place) all posted personal bests, and sophomore Mobola Rotibi (800m, 2:12.89, fifth place) posted the highest finish for the distance runners on Day One.

    Day Two of the GVSU Big Meet begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.