McCall takes hammer title on first day of MVC Championships

    Jeneva McCall won her third consecutive MVC hammer throw title Friday.

    Jeneva McCall won her third consecutive MVC hammer throw title Friday.

    May 11, 2012


    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois senior Jeneva McCall won her third consecutive conference hammer throw title to highlight the opening day of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday in Wichita, Kan.

    McCall broke the MVC Championship record on her fourth attempt of the day with a winning throw of 225-09. The previous record of 219-03 was set by Southern’s Brittany Riley in 2007.

    The effort led a dominating performance by SIU’s throwing contingent as Salukis took five of the top eight spots in the women’s hammer throw. Junior Kim Fortney came in third place, securing All-Conference honors, with a throw of 194-10 while freshman DeAnna Price was close behind in fourth at 194-09.

    Also scoring points for Southern in the women’s hammer throw were senior Rickael Roach in seventh place with a throw of 180-01 and freshman Sophia Lozano in eighth with a throw of 175-01.

    McCall and Fortney were two of five Salukis to earn All-MVC honors on the opening day. All-MVC distinction is awarded to the top three finishers in each event.

    Saluki senior Mallory Dreyer nabbed All-Conference honors with a third-place finish in the javelin with a career-best throw of 129-05. Fortney also scored some points for the Saluki women with a sixth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 125-00.

    On the track, freshman Lacey Gibson took third in the women’s 10k run with a time of 36:20.96 to secure the SIU women’s fourth All-MVC nod of the day.



    Freshman Caselyn Harding also scored points for the Saluki women, finishing in a tie for seventh in the pole vault with a height of 11-09.00.

    After four completed events, the SIU women’s team has 40.5 points and stands in second place in the team standings behind Wichita State, who has 49.5 points.

    Senior Neal Anderson picked up the lone All-Conference finish for the men’s team after taking third in the men’s 10k with a time of 31:33.01. Behind Anderson, three other Salukis scored in the men’s 10k, including freshman Evan Ehrenheim, who finished fifth with a time of 31:38.61, senior Kyle Kirchner, who finished sixth at 31:44.70 and junior Nick Schrader, who took seventh at 31:45.22.

    The Saluki men also picked up some points in the hammer throw by finishing five, six, seven. Freshman Bradley Sauer took fifth with a throw of 195-00, senior Collin Otto was sixth at 191-00 and freshman Curtis Wideman took seventh at 187-06.

    Through three completed events, the Saluki men stand in second place with 24 points while Indiana State leads the field with 28 points.

    Southern will continue competition at the 2012 MVC Outdoor Championships Saturday beginning women’s shot put at 4 p.m. Live coverage is available HERE.