Salukis win four events at EIU Friday Night Special

    Sophomore Desiree White earned her first individual event win in the 200 meter dash with a sprint of 25.92 seconds.

    Sophomore Desiree White earned her first individual event win in the 200 meter dash with a sprint of 25.92 seconds.

    Feb. 15, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Saluki track and field took a downsized squad to the EIU Friday Night Special at Eastern Illinois on Friday and came home with four individual event wins, while overall the men finished third and the women seventh.

    In the men's throws, sophomore Bradley Sauer and freshman Josh Freeman pushed their personal bests in the weight throw and shot put, respectively.

    Sauer powered past his season and personal best by over half a foot with a launch of 21.17m (69-05.50), which blew eight feet past second place -- fellow Saluki Curtis Wideman, who posted a personal best throw of 18.84m (61-09.75). That throw currently keeps Sauer at sixth in the nation, where the best throw belongs to Valley foe Brandon Pounds of No. 20 Indiana State (22.55m/73-11.75).

    Freeman took the title in the shot put, posting a personal best throw of 18.48m (60-07.75), which flew nearly three feet further than second place. With that throw, Freeman has moved up to 21st nationally in the shot put.

    Junior Sarah Rautio won her second event title as a Saluki with a narrow victory in the long jump over fellow Saluki Lauren Cheadle. Rautio's winning leap of 5.72m (18-09.25) was only two inches further than Cheadle's personal best jump of 5.67m (18-07.25).

    Southern's final title was a first career individual win for Desiree White. The sophomore won the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.92 seconds, winning by two hundredths of a second over EIU's Trinea Bobo. White also posted a personal best in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.85 seconds (fifth place).

    In the women's throws, SIU took second-through-fourth in both the weight throw and shot put.



    Senior Kim Fortney led the Saluki contingent in both events. The senior from Hindsboro, Ill., posted a personal best in the weight throw (20.26m/66-05.75) for second place, and threw 15.32m (50-03.25) in the shot put, also for second place. In both events, Fortney finished behind No. 18 Indiana State's Felisha Johnson, who broke her own Lantz Fieldhouse record in the weight throw and is nationally ranked first in the weight throw and second in the shot put.

    "We didn't have a lot of athletes compete this weekend, but we had a good meet in some of the events," said head coach Connie Price-Smith. "We're looking forward to going to the MVC Championships next weekend."

    Northern Iowa will host the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships Fen 23-24, next Saturday and Sunday, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    Other Notable Performances:
    Nirupama Sunderraj - 400m (second place, 59.79)
    Laquitsha Bejoile-Hayes - 60 meter hurdles (third place, 8.77 PR)
    Brian Cooper - Shot Put (third place, 17.25m/56-07.25 PR)
    DeAnna Price - Weight Throw (third place, 19.27m/63-02.75); Shot Put (third place, 14.23m/46-08.25)
    Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw (fourth place, 18.65m/61-02.25)
    Christopher Nightengale - 400 meter dash (fourth place, 50.89)
    Erin Scott - Shot Put (fourth place, 13.25m/43-05.75 PR)
    McKenzie White - 200 meter dash (fourth place, 26.38); 400 meter dash (fourth place, 1:00.51)
    Remy Abrought - 60 meter hurdles (fifth place, 9.03)
    Ryan Sidwell - Pole Vault (fifth place, 5.05m/16-06.75 PR)
    Blake Green - 400 meter dash (sixth place, 51.14)
    Spencer Jackson - 200 meter dash (sixth place, 22.87)
    Lauren Cheadle - 60 meter dash (seventh place, 7.94)
    Kemar Jones - 400 meter dash (seventh place, 51.24)
    Greg Semanisin - Shot Put (seventh place, 15.63m/51-03.50 PR)