April 13, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
In all, the Salukis combined for 24 top five finishes in the quadrangular scored meet. The meet features the host Sycamores, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Butler University.
Currently, the SIU men are in first place with 61 points, holding just a one-point lead over Indiana State. The women's team sits at a tie with ISU, each earning 60 points on the first day of competition.
"We had a really good start to the meet today," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith. "The score isn't a great indicator of some of the great performances because only two people are scored from each team in each event."
The Saluki throwers collected points early for Southern. Jeneva McCall won the women's hammer throw breaking a facility record at Marks Field in the process with her toss of 222-06. Junior Kim Fortney placed third with a mark of 191-08. Rickael Roach and DeAnna Price finished fourth and fifth, respectively. McCall also went on to win the women's shot put posting a mark of 56-04.75. Kim Fortney also collected points for SIU in the shot with her throw of 48-02.00 to finish fourth.
On the men's side, Collin Otto was the top finisher for the Salukis in the hammer throw placing second overall with a throw of 191-02 while freshman Bradley Sauer followed in third place with a career best mark of 57.48. Brian Cooper also set a personal best mark of 182-10 to place fourth while Brad Foote rounded out the top five with a toss of 176-01.
SIU had a productive day in the jumps. Malaikah Love took the title in the long jump. Love's leap of 19-05.50 earned nine points for the women. Nina Okafor placed ninth with a mark of 16-11.50. Doug Palacious won the long jump for the men with a jump of 22-09.00 with Eric Reeves following in second place with a mark 22-05.00.
On the track, freshman Lacey Gibson placed second in the 5000-meter run clocking in at 17:39.28. Eileen Schweiss placed seventh with a time of 18:01.07. In the men's 5000m race, Nick Schrader finished in the fourth position with a time of 15:00.12. Oscar Medina was the next Saluki finisher completing the race in 15:03.48 to place fifth. Evan Ehrenheim and Cole Allison placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
Competition concluded Friday with the 3000-meter steeplechase. Lucas Cherry placed second on the men's side with a time of 9:08.47 while Brad Wrage placed fifth. Freshman Sadie Darnell was the top finisher for the women placing fourth in a time of 11:07.38. Krista Menghini followed in fifth place.
"I would like to see everyone come out tomorrow and compete hard no matter what weather conditions we are working with," said Price-Smith. "At this point I will not be looking for the best marks to be posted but for everyone to just come out and be competitive."
Action at the Indiana State Pacesetter continues tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. (ET) with women's discus throw.