April 7, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
NORMAL, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois track and field team traveled to Illinois State University Saturday to compete in a dual meet with the host Redbirds.
The Saluki men and women competed in 19 events each, placing second. The women collected 94 points falling short of Illinois State's 102. The men totaled 84.5 points while the ISU men finished with 114.5 points.
"Both teams fell short so you don't like to see that," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith. "I did see some really great performances come out of this meet but also saw some things we can work on moving forward."
The day began with the women's hammer throw. Jeneva McCall extended her outdoor win streak taking first place in the event with a mark of 67.37m. Freshman DeAnna Price placed third while Kim Fortney finished fourth. On the men's side SIU placed second through fifth with Collin Otto leading. Otto recorded a throw of 56.75 to place second. Freshman Bradley Sauer placed third with Brian Cooper following. Brad Foote rounded out the top-five.
Zach Dahleen and Lucas Cherry took the top spots in the men's 1500-meter race. Dahleen clocked in at 3:56.15 to finish first while Cherry placed second with a time of 4:06.18. Dahleen also competed in the 800-meter run placing second behind senior Stephen Arvanis. Arvanis won the event with a time of 1:53.86.
The Saluki women sprinters showed dominance in the 100-meter dash taking the top-five spots. Amiris Warren won the event with a time of 12:03. Desiree White placed second (12.43) and Nirupama Sunderraj finished third (12.49). Raequel Jacobs and Lauren Cheadle placed fourth and fifth, respectively. For the men, Eric Reeves won the 100 with a time of 10.90. Ryan Sidwell placed second in the men's 200-meter dash.
Freshman Sadie Darnell placed first in the women's 3000-meter run. Darnell finished with a time of 10:11.91. Lacey Gibson was the next Saluki finisher placing third (10:19.27). Kyle Kirchner won the event for the men with a time of 8:45.76. Neal Anderson just followed Kirchner placing second with a close time of 8:45.77.
The jumpers had a successful Saturday. Malaikah Love led the way with a win in the long jump (5.79m) and triple jump (12.20m) . Kenya Culmer followed placing second in the triple (12.14m) and winning the high jump (1.75). For the SIU men, Maxim Bakana took second in the long jump (6.87m) with Douglas Palacious and Kendrick Branch following placing second and third, respectively. Doug Palacious won the men's triple jump competition with a leap of 14.73m. Bakana placed third.
Jeneva McCall also collected a win in the shot put and discus. McCall's winning toss in the shot was recorded at 17.77m. Kim Fortney was the next finisher for Southern, placing fourth. In the discus, McCall posted a winning mark of 58.75.
"Going forward I would like to see everyone compete more aggressively and overall just be more competitive."
The Salukis will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. April 13-14 to compete in the Indiana State Triangular.