April 14, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Southern Illinois track and field team battled rainy conditions Saturday in the final day of competition at the Indiana State Pacesetter.
Both the men's and women's team finished in second place behind Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State. The women collected 204.50 points falling short to ISU's 229.50. The men totaled 187.50 points while the Sycamores finished with 237.50 to win the meet.
The quadrangular scored meet included teams from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Butler University, and Indiana State. The scores were tallied by awarding points to the top two finishers from each school in each event.
The day began with heavy rain and winds moving the pole vault competition indoors. Cody Doerflein won the event with a clearing of 16-05.25 to mark the fourth consecutive win for the senior. Ryan Sidwell finished in third place with a height of 16-01.2 Caselyn Harding placed third on the women's side with a vault of 11-04.25.
After a delay of nearly two hours, competition resumed outdoors with the women's discus. Jeneva McCall won the event to add to her titles in the shot put and hammer throw from Friday. McCall recorded a toss of 177-00 for the win. Freshman Ashley Gaston was the next Saluki finisher placing third recording a throw of 155-08. Rickael Roach and Kim Fortney placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the 200-meter dash Tess Shubert took second place with a time of 25.63 finishing behind Macey Black of Indiana State. Lauren Cheadle came in third with a time of 26.20. On the men's side, multi-event athlete Ryan Sidwell finished third coming in at 22.20. Dominic Willimas trailed closely in fourth place with a time of 22.27.
The Salukis finished in third place in the men's and women's 800-meter run. Zach Dahleen finished with a time of 1:51.52 for the men while Mobola Rotibi clocked in at 2:14.00 for the women. Malaikah Love had a successful weekend winning three events. Love took the title Friday night in the long jump and continued her momentum Saturday winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.21. The Carbondale, Ill. native also won the triple jump with a leap of 40-09.00.
Kenya Culmer followed Love finishing second in the triple jump with a distance of 39-08.75. Culmer also went on to win the high jump with a best attempt of 5-08.75. Kendrick Branch placed third in the men's high jump with a height of 6-04.75. Douglas Palacious fell short of earning another title after winning the long jump on Friday. Palacious came in second in the triple with a mark of 49-01.50. Maxim Bakana followed in third place.
The freshman tandem of Amiris Warren, Lauren Cheadle, Desiree White, and Nirupama Sunderraj added another win for the women's team with their first place finish in the 4x100 relay. The team clocked in at 46.87 to beat the host Sycamores. The men's and women's 4x400 relay team each finished second.
The javelin competition was the last event of the meet. Mallory Dreyer finished second for Southern with a throw of 120-04 while Dean Jordan also notched a second place finish recording a toss of 170-04.
The Salukis next compete April 20-21 when they travel to Auburn University to compete in the War Eagle Invitational.