Senior J.C. Lambert earned his third career MVC hammer throw crown on Friday, a feat only three MVC student-athletes have ever completed.
May 10, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saluki track and field scored five All-MVC performers at Day One of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday, including a record-shattering win by J.C. Lambert in the hammer throw.
Lambert broke his own all-time MVC hammer throw record set earlier this year and set a new MVC Outdoor Championship record with a winning throw of 67.22m (220-06), eight feet better than second place. The title is Lambert's third career MVC hammer throw crown -- the third student-athlete in MVC history to win the event three times. Lambert now has seven career MVC individual championships to his name, the other four coming during the indoor season.
Sophomore Bradley Sauer complimented Lambert by finishing third with a PR throw of 62.45m (204-11) for third place, Sauer's second career All-MVC honor. Also scoring in the event was Curtis Wideman, who finished fifth at 60.98m (200-01).
Southern dominated the women's hammer throw as well, notching two All-MVC performers in the event. Sophomore DeAnna Price vaulted herself to fourth all-time at SIU with a personal best throw of 65.18m (213-10) -- nearly two meters better than her previous personal best -- which was good for second place and her first career All-MVC honor. Not far behind was senior Kim Fortney, who earned her second career All-MVC distinction in third place with a launch of 62.35m (204-07).
SIU's Dean Jordan competed in the first five events of the decathlon, which will be completed on Day Two.
After three scored events, the Saluki men lead by 13 points over Wichita State in the team rankings, and the Saluki women trail only No. 25 Wichita State by 12.
Day Two will begin with multi-events, the women's shot put and men's high jump.
Men's Team Scores (After Three Events):
1. Southern Illinois - 35
2. Wichita State - 22
3. Indiana State - 20
4. Illinois State - 18
5. Drake - 14
6. Northern Iowa - 6
7. Bradley - 2
Women's Team Scores (After Three Events):
1. No. 25 Wichita State - 45
2. Southern Illinois - 33
3. Indiana State - 26.50
4. Illinois State - 24
5. Northern Iowa - 19.50
6. Bradley - 6
7. Drake - 2