Feb. 11, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
AMES, Iowa -- The Southern Illinois men's and women's track and field teams completed its competition at the Iowa State Classic Saturday inside the Lied Recreation Center. Zach Dahleen, Kenya Culmer, Malaikah Love, and J.C. Lambert each won events on the day.
Saturday's meet concluded the three-day competition which included over 50 teams including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Miami (FL), and Missouri Valley Conference foes Northern Iowa, Missouri State, Bradley, and Wichita State.
"This meet I saw some really good performances and some that we really need to improve on going forward," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith.
Zach Dahleen took the first win of the day in the men's one-mile race. The junior clocked in at 4:03.01 to currently rank him third all-time in SIU track and field history.
Also on the track, Senior Stephen Arvanis set a new personal record and entered the SIU record books in the men's 800m. Arvanis placed fifth in the race and now ranks fifth all-time with a time of 1:50.49. Lucas Cherry also ran the 800 placing 16th (1:53.93).
Kenya Culmer once again had a stand out performance in the high jump competition after setting a new school record at last weekend's Saluki Invitational. Culmer placed first with a mark of 5-08.50.
Another win in the jumps came by way of Malaikah Love who recorded a long jump of 19-06.00. Doug Palacious placed eighth on the men's side with a distance of 22-03.00. Palacious also competed in the triple jump placing fourth.
Saluki throwers Jeneva McCall and Kim Fortney placed second and fourth in the shot put with marks of 56-04.75 and 51-06.50, respectively. McCall also placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 74-07.25. Rickael Roach (5th, 64-10.00), Kim Fortney (7th, 61-02.75), and Sophia Lozano (9th, 57-08.25), also threw in the women's weight competition.
The final win of the day came from J.C. Lambert in the men's weight throw competition. Lambert posted a distance of 71-08.00 to take first place topping competitiors from Iowa, Minnesota, and Northern Iowa. The Harrisburg, Ill. native also competed in the shot put finishing fourth (57-07.75).
"We have some work to do before the MVC Championships in two weeks, we need to work towards sharpening our skills and improving on the track."
The Salukis will have their final tune-up before the MVC Championships when they travel to Charleston, Ill. on Feb. 17 to participate in the EIU Friday Night Special.