Salukis conclude Vanderbilt Black and Gold with two more event titles

    Junior Matthew Benes

    Junior Matthew Benes

    March 23, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southern Illinois track and field concluded the Vanderbilt Black and Gold with two additional event titles on Saturday, pushing its meet total to five.

    Senior Tess Shubert claimed her first outdoor 400 meter hurdles title of 2013 with a time of 59.92 seconds. The Coulterville, Ill., native clocked the only sub-1:00 time in the event on the day en route to her event win.

    Southern's final title came courtesy of the men's 4x100 meter relay team of Eric Reeves, Nikolai Gall, Dominic Williams and Matthew Benes, who clocked in at 41.66 to claim the title.

    The Salukis nearly swept the 4x100 races, as the women fell just short of claiming Southern's sixth overall title. The relay team of Lauren Cheadle, Tess Shubert, Desiree White and Amiris Warren fell four tenths short of victory, clocking in at 46.72.

    SIU nearly had two more event wins in the jumps. Junior Kenya Culmer finished second in the high jump with a final clearance of 1.75m (5-08.75), and in the men's long jump senior Eric Reeves posted a personal best leap of 7.34m (24-01.00) to tie him for second place, but that still wasn't long enough to beat Ohio State's Mike Hartfield -- who won with a leap of 8.08m (26-06.25).



    In the discus, the men and women placed five total competitors in the top-six.

    Sophomore Curtis Wideman was the high finisher for the men in the discus, claiming second place with a best throw of 49.41m (162-01). Senior J.C. Lambert followed up yesterday's record-breaking hammer throw win with a third place finish in the discus (48.51m/159-02). And finally, Saluki freshman Josh Freeman took fifth place in his first collegiate discus event, throwing 47.30m (155-02).

    Sophomores DeAnna Price (47.54m/156-00) and Ashley Gaston (46.63m/153-00) took fourth and sixth place, respectively, in the women's discus.

    Saluki men hurdles also had a successful day, snagging fourth place in two events. Matthew Benes earned fourth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.74, and freshman Brett Kohler took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.87 in his first collegiate outdoor event.

    Men's and women's sprinters also found some success on the track, notching five top-five finishes across both men's and women's competition.

    On the women's side, Amiris Warren took fourth place in the 100 meter dash (12.09), and Nirupama Sunderraj claimed seventh place in the 200 meter dash (25.04).

    In men's sprints, Matthew Benes posted a personal best in the 200 meter dash (21.86), and Eric Reeves (10.92) and Nikolai Gall (48.84, PR) both took seventh place in the 100 and 400 meter dashes, respectively.

    Saluki track and field returns home this upcoming Friday and Saturday (March 29-30) to christen the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex with the Bill Cornell Spring Classic.