Salukis win two events, place six runners-up at Ole Miss Invite

    Senior Kim Fortney won the shot put with a mark of 16.29m.

    Senior Kim Fortney won the shot put with a mark of 16.29m.

    April 13, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    OXFORD, Miss. -- Saluki track and field took two event titles, placed six runners-up and earned numerous high finishes on Saturday at the Ole Miss Invite at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex.

    Southern's first title came from senior J.C. Lambert, who won his fourth consecutive hammer throw title in four tries with his best launch measuring 65.69m (215-06). Lambert, the all-time MVC and SIU leader in the hammer throw, bested second place by nearly 12 feet.

    Kim Fortney claimed the remaining Saluki win in the women's shot put. The Hindsboro, Ill., native won her second consecutive shot put title with a personal best heave of 16.29m (53-05.50).

    The six Saluki runners-up were split evenly between the men's and women's squads at three titles apiece -- four going to the throws, one to distance and the last to sprints.

    In women's competition, Tess Shubert earned second place in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 59.49 seconds, which takes over her own time at third place all-time at SIU. Shubert has not finished worse than second in the 400 meter hurdles this outdoor season, in which she has won the event twice in four tries.

    The remaining two women's runners-up came from Ashley Gaston in the discus (48.37m/158-08) and Kim Fortney in the hammer throw (61.89m/203-01).

    On the men's side, Oscar Medina took second place in the 1500 meter run with a personal best time of 3:52.55 in the Saluki-dominated event.

    Freshman Josh Freeman earned second in the shot put with a throw of 17.22m (56-06.00), and Curtis Wideman capped an impressive day with a second-place finish in the discus at 50.45m (165-06). Wideman also finished high in the shot put (fourth place, 16.34m/53-07.50) and hammer throw (fourth place, 60.19m/197-06 PR).



    Both the men's and women's 1500 meter races had strong Saluki contingents in the top-20 -- nine of whom posted personal bests.

    Behind Medina in the men's race were Lucas Cherry (fifth, 3:54.45 PR), Cole Allison (ninth, 3:58.98 PR), Brandon Shemonia (tenth, 3:59.16 PR) and Juan Carrera (11th, 4:00.56 PR).

    In the women's race, five Salukis finished in the top-20, led by sophomore Sadie Darnell in seventh place, who ran a personal best 4:37.08. Behind her were Kelley Gallagher (ninth, 4:37.35 PR), Alyssa Allison (13th, 4:45.55 PR), Krista Menghini (14th, 4:47.13) and Allison Gallo (17th, 4:48.90 PR).

    Saluki sprinters had a solid day at Ole Miss, but two female sprinters -- Remy Abrought and Amiris Warren -- had particularly excellent days.

    Abrought took third place in the 100 meter hurdles with a scorching new personal best of 13.86 seconds. Abrought's time now ranks as the sixth-best time in SIU history -- pushing fellow hurdler Laquitsha Bejoile-Hayes down to seventh after her performance last weekend at Southeast Missouri.

    Warren yet again placed high in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. In the former, Warren took seventh place with a time of 12.07 seconds, and in the latter she earned ninth at 24.44 seconds.

    Southern's relay squads also had a productive day at Ole Miss as all four of them posted season bests.

    On the women's side, the 4x100 meter relay team of Lauren Cheadle, Shubert, Warren and Desiree White shaved nearly three tenths off their season best time, clocking in at 46.49 for fifth place. The 4x400 meter relay group of Shubert, Abrought, Mobola Rotibi and Warren took it up a notch and cut off over seven seconds from their best time with a time of 3:47.31 for fourth place.

    The men's relays were just as productive. The 4x100 relay of Eric Reeves, Nikolai Gall, Dougie Palacious and Matthew Benes took two tenths off their season best at 41.46 seconds, finishing fourth. The 4x400 relay wasn't as successful as the women's squad, but the group of Gall, Ryan Sidwell, Blake Green and Christopher Nightengale still managed to shave over three seconds off their season best time, finishing fifth place at 3:12.33.

    "As I watched the day unfold and as I look through the results, I'm pleased with the outcome of the competition," said head coach Connie Price-Smith. "The times on the track keep dropping, the marks on the field are consistent -- if not increasing. I believe that we are in a good spot for this time of the year."

    Next week Saluki track and field will make the trip west to Lawrence, Kan., for the Kansas Relays on Apr. 19-20.

    Women's Notable Performances:
    Mobola Rotibi - 7th - 2:12.15 - Season best
    Sadie Darnell - 15th - 2:19.20 - PR

    High Jump
    Kenya Culmer - 3rd - 1.70m (5-07.00)

    Shot Put
    Ashley Gaston - 5th - 14.65m (48-00.75)
    Alexus Scott - 8th - 13.42m (44-00.50)
    D'Monami Gardner - 9th - 13.32m (43-08.50)

    Kim Fortney - 6th - 44.31m (145-04)
    Sophia Lozano - 8th - 41.97m (137-08) - PR
    Erin Scott - 9th - 40.32m (132-03) - PR

    Hammer Throw
    Sophia Lozano - 5th - 53.65m (176-00)

    Men's Notable Performances:
    Eric Reeves - 13th - 10.77

    Matthew Benes - 12th - 21.88

    Nikolai Gall - 8th - 48.41

    110 Hurdles
    Matthew Benes - 8th - 14.55

    Pole Vault
    John Baughman - 3rd - 4.70m (15-05.00) - ties PR

    Long Jump
    Eric Reeves - 4th - 7.15m (23-05.50)

    Triple Jump
    Dougie Palacious - 3rd - 15.13m (49-07.75)

    Josh Freeman - 3rd - 47.82m (156-11)
    J.C. Lambert - 4th - 47.35m (155-04)
    Brian Cooper - 7th - 45.42m (149-00)

    Hammer Throw
    Bradley Sauer - 6th - 58.22m (191-00)