April 20, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Southern Illinois track and field team opened competition Friday at the War Eagle Invitational taking place on the campus of Auburn University.
The meet is being held at the Hutsell-Rosen Track and features SEC schools Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, and host Auburn. Also competing are Alabama A&M, UAB, Alabama State, Columbia, Columbus State, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Memphis, Shorter, South Alabama, Penn State, Troy, Valdosta State and West Florida. The day began with the men's and women's discus invitational. Freshman Curtis Wideman was the top Saluki finisher placing fifth overall with a toss of 162-07. Senior Brad Foote followed to take sixth place recording a throw of 148.03. Bradley Sauer and Brian Cooper placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Senior Collin Otto finished in fifth place in the men's hammer throw with a mark of 186-10. Bradley Sauer took the next spot recording a throw of 183-04. Curtis Wideman placed ninth and Brad Foote finished in tenth place.
In the javelin competition Mallory Dreyer placed tenth with a mark of 120-04.
Saturday's competition begins at 11 a.m. in the field with the women's pole vault and men's and women's long jump. Events on the track begin at 1 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relay for both the men and women.