Senior Tess Shubert finished third in the 400 meter hurdles finals.
April 20, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Saluki track and field concluded their stay at the Kansas Relays on Saturday by participating in a handful of events, including four event finals and two seeded races.
Senior Tess Shubert was Southern's highest finisher at the final day of the historic meet. Shubert finished third in the finals of the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.43.
The Salukis were represented in the same event on the men's side by freshman Brett Kohler, who finished eighth with a time of 55.15 seconds.
Fellow hurdler Laquitsha Bejoile-Hayes represented SIU in the 100 meter hurdles, where she finished sixth with a time of 14.04 seconds. That time is only three hundredths-of-a-second of her personal best (14.01) set earlier this season -- the seventh-best time in Saluki history.
Southern's last finals qualifier was the women's 4x100 meter relay team of Lauren Cheadle, Shubert, Desiree White and Amiris Warren. The quartet finished in sixth place at 46.69 seconds, only two tenths off their season best set last week at the Ole Miss Invite.
SIU also had a pair of middle distance runners participate in pre-seeded events. Oscar Medina finished third out of six runners in the men's 1500m race at 3:55.74, and on the women's side fellow sophomore Mobola Rotibi finished fifth in the 800 meter run, clocking in at 2:12.11.
Overall, the Salukis won two event titles (Kenya Culmer, high jump; Lucas Cherry, 3000 meter steeplechase) and placed three runners-up (Bradley Sauer, hammer throw; Dougie Palacious, triple jump; Sadie Darnell, 3000 meter steeplechase) over the course of their three days at the four-day meet. In addition, former Saluki Jeneva McCall won both the women's shot put and discus throwing events.
Saluki track and field travels to yet another historic relay, the Drake Relays, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Apr. 26-27.