Track and Field competes at Notre Dame, Arkansas

    March 4, 2012

    Complete Results

    By Robin Thuringer

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Three athletes from the Southern Illinois men's track and field team competed this weekend in a last attempt to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships taking place on March 10-12 in Boise, Idaho.

    Cody Doerflein competed in the pole vault competition Friday at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet. Doerflein finished in fourth place behind competitors from Kansas and Florida State with a clearing of 16-06.75 (5.05m). Doerflein is currently is ranked 26th in the nation for the clearing of 17-04.5 that he recorded at the Missouri Valley Indoor Championships helping lead the Saluki men to the 2012 Indoor MVC title.

    On Saturday, Zach Dahleen and Stephen Arvanis traveled to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

    "It was a really exciting day for Zach and Stephen," said SIU assistant coach Matt Sparks. "They each ran really well and had a great day."

    Arvanis ran in the 800-meter race trying to reach the NCAA automatic mark of 1:47.30. Arvanis finished 17th among 47 competitors clocking in at 1:50.07, now ranking him third all-time in SIU history.

    Zach Dahleen had a record-setting day on the track breaking a 39-year old school record in the men's one mile. The junior finished with a time of 4:00.16 to now rank 35th in the nation.

    "Zach had a really great race, he has set himself up to have a great outdoor season and will have a great senior season next year." said Sparks.

    Senior throwers J.C. Lambert and Jeneva McCall and multi-event athlete Malaikah Love will travel to Boise, Idaho to compete in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships this upcoming weekend, March 10-12.