Track and Field successful at Memphis Tiger Invitational and Drake Relays

    Tess Shubert set a personal best time in the 400-meter hurdles now ranking third in SIU track and field history.

    Tess Shubert set a personal best time in the 400-meter hurdles now ranking third in SIU track and field history.

    April 28, 2012

    Complete Results

    By Robin Thuringer

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- The Southern Illinois track and field team competed in their final regular season meet Friday and Saturday at the Memphis Tiger Invitational.

    The two-day competition began Friday at the Billy J. Murphy Track and Field Complex. Along with the host Tigers, the meet included teams from Christian Brothers, Morehouse State, Rust College, Vanderbilt, and the University of Central Florida.

    "We had a good meet on the track and on the field this week," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith. "Everyone came out and performed really well."

    Friday's events included the hammer throw and long jump.

    Senior Rickael Roach won the women's hammer throw recording a mark of 179-07. Sophia Lozano placed third with a throw of 165-05. Ashley Gaston, Amanda Hillard, and Erin Scott placed eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively. Freshman Bradley Sauer was the top Saluki finisher on the men's side. He placed third overall with a throw of 185-07. Brian Cooper followed in fourth and Curtis Widemanplaced fifth.

    In the long jump, Malaikah Love took the title with a leap of 19-09.00. Douglas Palacious finished second on the men's side recording a jump of 23-01.75. Eric Reeves placed fourth.



    Competition continued Saturday morning with the remaining field events. Malaikah Love claimed another win in the triple jump with a mark of 41-00.50. Kenya Culmer placed second. Doug Palacious won the triple title for the men. He recorded a distance of 50-04.50. Kenya Culmer had another second place finish in the high jump with a height of 5-08.50. Kendrick Branch placed third for the men, he cleared at 6-04.75.

    Reigning MVC Field Athlete of the Week Cody Doerflein won the pole vault competition for the sixth consecutive week this season. The senior placed first with a height of 17-03.50. Ryan Sidwell finished fourth.

    Brian Cooper won the shot put competition with a mark of 52-06.75. Freshman Ashley Gaston had a personal best throw of 49-05.75 in the shot put placing second overall. Rickael Roach placed fourth. The SIU men dominated the discus throw. Bradley Sauer won the event with a throw of 162-02. Curtis Wideman placed second. Tyler Clott, Greg Semanisin, and Brad Foote finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Ashley Gaston finished second for the women with Rickael Roach placing third.

    The Salukis had a standout day on the track. Sprinter Amiris Warren continued her breakout freshman season. Warren won the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 11.75, placing sixth all-time in SIU history. She also went on to win the 200-meter dash recording another career best time of 24.26, ranking eighth in Saluki history.

    Nirupama Sunderajj placed second in the 100 and 200 recording times of 12.32 and 24.89, respectively.

    Tess Shubert entered the record books in the 400-meter hurdles. Shubert took the title with a personal best time of 59.53 to rank third all-time in SIU track and field history.

    Freshman Sadie Darnell won the 1500-meter run with a personal best time of 4:39.15. Krista Menghini finished second. Lacey Gibson won the 3000-meter run clocking in at 10:25.99.

    On the men's side, Dominic Williams was the top SIU finisher in the men's 100-meter finishing second with a time of 10.78. Eric Reeves followed in third place at 10.86. Williams also had a second place finish in the 200 with a time of 21.59. Ryan Sidwel lplaced third.

    Blake Green won the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.57 Dean Jordan finished in fourth.

    Matthew Benes had a time of 14.80 to take a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.

    The final win for SIU came in the men's 3000-meter run. Cole Allison placed first in the event clocking in at 8:40.62. Freshmen Nick Schrader and Juan Carrera just trailed Allison placing second and third.

    "We will do some fine tuning now and just do all we can to prepare for conference in two weeks."

    The Salukis will have a week off from competition before they travel to Wichita, Kansas to compete in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships May 11-13.

    McCall takes title in Hammer Throw at Drake Relays

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Four Saluki Throwers traveled to Des Moines this weekend to compete against some of the best athletes in the country at the 103rd annual Drake Relays.

    Jeneva McCall, Kim Fortney, DeAnna Price, and Collin Otto represented Southern Illinois Friday and Saturday at the historic track and field meet which features 120 events.

    Senior Jeneva McCall and junior Kim Fortney began competition Friday participating in the shot put competition. McCall placed third recording a throw of 56-05.25. Kim Fortney placed eighth recording a personal best throw of 52-00.50. Oklahoma's Tia Brooks won the event toppling the Relay record as well as overtaking the top spot in the nation with her toss of 60-07.25.

    McCall placed eleventh overall in the discus recording a mark of 170-01. The Dolton, Ill. native still holds the top mark in the country from the 195 ft. throw she recorded at last weekend's Auburn War Eagle Invitational.

    Saturday McCall and Fortney joined the remaining throwers to compete in the hammer throw.

    McCall won the hammer throw with a toss of 217-00. She currently holds the second longest throw in the nation. Freshman DeAnna Price had an impressive performance placing fifth among 22 of the best collegiate throwers. Price's hurl of 194-05 ties her season best throw she recorded at the Ole Miss Invite. Kim Fortney placed eighth in the event with a throw of 185-04.

    Fortney and Price are ranked in 33rd and 34th in the nation in the hammer throw, respectively.

    Collin Otto fouled out in the men's hammer throw competition.