Salukis win eight titles on Day Two of Joey Haines Invitational

    Freshman Nikolai Gall participated in two Saluki wins on Day Two.

    Freshman Nikolai Gall participated in two Saluki wins on Day Two.

    April 6, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Saluki track and field concluded the Joey Haines Invitational at Southeast Missouri State on Saturday with eight event wins, bringing its meet total to nine.

    Southern claimed five titles in women's competition, and the remaining three from the men's side. Half of the Saluki wins came in the sprinting events, and the remainder were divided between the jumps (three) and throws (one).

    For the second straight week, junior Kenya Culmer won both the high and triple jumps. In the high jump, the Bahamian native cleared 1.70m (5-07.00) for the win, which was four feet better than second place. And in the triple jump, she leapt 12.32m (40-05.00) to claim victory, which measured three-and-one-half feet better than Northern Iowa's Tatiana Rice.

    Senior Tess Shubert took the 400 meter hurdles crown for the second straight week as well, clocking in at 1:00.59 for the win.

    Fellow senior Kim Fortney won her first shot put event of the year with her best heave of the day measuring at 15.77m (51-09.00).

    Southern's final women's title came courtesy of Laquitsha Bejoile-Hayes, who vaulted into SIU's all-time list with her victorious performance in the 100 meter hurdles. The junior native of Cahokia, Ill., ran 14.01 seconds to claim the title -- a time that currently stands at sixth place all-time at Southern Illinois.

    In men's competition, freshman Nikolai Gall contributed in two Saluki event wins. First, the native of Barbados won the 400 meter dash with a personal best time of 47.82 seconds.

    He was then the lead runner on the winning 4x400 meter relay team along with Blake Green, Kemar Jones and Christopher Nightengale -- who all ran a season-best time of 3:15.74.

    Southern's eighth win of Day Two belonged to Dougie Palacious. The Bahamian native won his third straight triple jump title with a season-best total leap of 15.64m (51-03.75).

    Sophomore Amiris Warren nearly claimed two titles of her own for the Salukis in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Warren finished tied for second with a wind-aided time of 11.90 seconds, and took second place outright in the 200 with a wind-aided time of 24.28.

    Lauren Cheadle was also just shy of grabbing another win for Southern in the long jump. The sophomore finished second to unattached former Saluki Malaikah Love. Cheadle jumped 5.89m (19-04.00) -- just four inches short of Love's winning leap.

    The Saluki men also had their share of runners-up. Junior Matthew Benes finished second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.45 seconds, less than three-tenths shy of Northern Iowa's Sebastian Barth's winning time of 14.18.

    In the men's pole vault, sophomore John Baughman set a new personal best clearance of 4.70m (15-05.00), which earned him a tie for second place with SEMO's Christian Locke.

    Southern hits the road to Oxford, Miss., next Saturday, April 13, for the Ole Miss Invite.

    Women's Notable Performances:

    100m Dash:
    5. Lauren Cheadle - 12.21 (wind-aided)

    200m Dash:
    4. Lauren Cheadle - 25.1
    5. Desiree White - 25.3

    6. Alyssa Allison - 2:21.18 - PR

    Shot Put:
    3. DeAnna Price - 15.02m (49-03.50) - PR

    3. Kim Fortney - 47.01m (154-03)
    4. DeAnna Price - 45.87m (150-06)
    5. Ashley Gaston - 45.53m (149-04)

    3. Mallory Dreyer - 36.59m (120-00)

    Men's Notable Performances:

    100m Dash:
    3. Eric Reeves - 10.69 (wind-aided)
    6. Matthew Benes - 10.84 (wind-aided)

    200m Dash:
    5. Matthew Benes - 21.95 (wind-aided)
    8. Blake Green - 22.17 (wind-aided)
    9. Dominic Williams - 22.19 (wind-aided)

    400m Dash:
    2. Chirstopher Nightengale - 48.19 - PR
    4. Blake Green - 49.76

    5. Oscar Medina - 1:57.40

    3. Kemar Jones - 15.00

    Long Jump:
    3. Dougie Palacious - 7.36m (24-01.75) (wind-aided)

    Shot Put:
    3. Josh Freeman - 17.57m (57-07.75)
    5. Bradley Sauer - 16.49m (54-01.25)

    6. Josh Freeman - 49.68m (163-00) - PR
    9. Curtis Wideman - 48.41m (158-10)