April 10, 2010
By Shalae Patrick
OXFORD, Miss. - The Southern Illinois track and field teams won seven events and garnered 57 top-ten finishes at the Ole Miss Invitational Saturday.
The men won three events led by vaulter Cody Doerflein with his third-straight meet title in as many weeks. The sophomore cleared 17-02.50 (5.25m) to win the pole vault.
Stephan Arvanis won the 800-meter run in 1:51.92, while teammate Zach Dahleen came in ninth in 1:54.15. Lucas Cherry picked up his first meet title of the season winning the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:29.05.
In the relays, the men's 4x100 team finished ninth in 42.35 and running the 4x400 for the first time this season, the team finished third in a time of 3:12.80.
Kendrick Branch cleared 6-02.50 (1.90) in the high jump good for ninth place, while Vincent Johnson finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 22-11.75 (7.01m). Johnson also finished ninth in the triple jump at 46-05 (14.15m) with Maxim Bakana close behind in 10th with a final jump of 43-08.25 (13.32m).
In the shot put, the Salukis captured three top-seven finishes led by J.C. Lambert in fifth at 52-10.25 (16.11m). Matt Eader (51-11.50; 15.84m) and Ryan Shumaker (51-08.50; 15.77m) finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Lambert went on to finish second in the hammer with a toss of 193-05 (58.97m). Collin Otto (184-04; 56.20m), Joe Paradiso (183-09; 56.01m), Shumaker (178-08; 54.46m) and Brad Foote (173-03; 52.82m) came in fifth, sixth, seventh and 10th for the Salukis.
For the women, Meredith Hayes won the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 13.84. Teammate Laquitsha Bejoile came in fifth in 14.36. In the 400 hurdles, Tredene Davis (1:00.57), Kendra Deck (1:00.95) and Connie Hicks (1:02.75) came in fifth, seventh and ninth respectively.
In the 400 dash, Kandise Thompson captured third in a time of 53.73.
The Salukis took four of the top-seven finishes in the 1500 led by Emily Toennies with a second-place finish in 4:39.96. Ryan Eichelberger (4:42.18) took fourth, Jamie Pfister (4:43.92) sixth and Megan Hoelscher (4:45.60) seventh. Toennies also captured eighth place in the 800 in 2:19.89.
In the women's relays, SIU took sixth in the 4x100 in a time of 46.98, and third in the 4x400 in 3:48.76.
In the jumps, Malaikah Love won the triple jump with a best leap of 40-06 (12.35m). Teammates Judeka Adams (39-00; 11.89m) and Nina Okafor (38-08; 11.79m) jumped fifth and seventh. Love also took seventh in the long jump at 18-10.25 (5.75m).
The Saluki women took 16 top-10 finishes in the throws winning both the discus and hammer throw. Gwen Berry took her first hammer throw of the season, winning the event with a career-best 199-10 (60.91m). The junior also finished third in the shot put with a throw of 49-08.25 (15.15m).
Jeneva McCall won the discus with a toss of 177-09 (54.19m). She also took second in both the shot put (51-00.50; 15.56m) and hammer (192-10.50; 58.79m).
In the shot, Kim Fortney threw 47-04 (14.43m) for fifth, Sasha Leeth came in seventh at 46-11.25 (14.31m) and Rickael Roach, 10th with a toss of 44-09 (13.64m). Roach (150-10.50; 45.99m) and Leeth (146-08; 44.71m) also finished fifth and seventh in the discus, before Leeth took third (192-10; 58.78m) and Roach took sixth (183-08; 55.98m) in the hammer. Olga Ciura (186-04; 56.79m) finished fourth and Forney seventh (174-03; 53.13m) in the hammer.