Saluki men in second, women third after Day Two of MVC Outdoor Championships

    Freshman Josh Freeman won his first career MVC title in the shot put.

    Freshman Josh Freeman won his first career MVC title in the shot put.

    May 11, 2013


    Championship Central | Live Results

    By Tyler Wooten

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saluki track and field won one event title and scored four additional All-MVC performers on Saturday at Day Two of the MVC Outdoor Championships, where the Saluki men currently sit in second and the women third in the team rankings.

    Freshman Josh Freeman took home his first career MVC individual championship with a win in the Saluki-dominated shot put. Freeman -- who narrowly missed out on the indoor title as well -- won with a heave of 17.70m (58-01.00).

    Senior Greg Semanisin earned his first career All-MVC distinction with a third place finish in the event at 16.33m (53-07.00). Southern also had two additional top-eight performers able to haul in some meet points. Curtis Wideman threw 16.13m (52-11.00) for fourth place, and fellow sophomore Bradley Sauer finished next in fifth place at 15.99m (52-05.50).

    The Salukis dominated the women's shot put as well. Senior Kim Fortney led the way, throwing 16.25m (53-03.75) for third in the event for All-MVC honors as she did during the indoor season as well. Scoring for Southern were Ashley Gaston (fifth, 15.20m/49-10.50), Alexus Scott (sixth, 14.85m/48-08.75) and Erin Scott (eighth, 14.28m/46-10.25 PR).

    Junior Kenya Culmer earned her fourth career All-MVC honor in the high jump, where she cleared 1.73m (5-08.00) for second place.



    Southern's final All-MVC performer came in the men's long jump courtesy of Eric Reeves. Reeves took home third place with his best leap of 7.28m (23-10.75).

    The Salukis hauled home some meet points in both the men's and women's 3000 meter steeplechases on Saturday, finishing five combined in the top eight.

    All three Saluki women turned in personal bests with their top finishes. Sadie Darnell (fourth, 10:32.84 PR), Krista Menghini (sixth, 11:02.16 PR) and Alyssa Allison (eighth, 11:06.65 PR) all helped the cause with their high finishes.

    On the men's side, Lucas Cherry finished fifth at 9:12.04, and Juan Carrera finished seventh at 9:30.34 -- a personal best.

    Also scoring for Southern were: Lauren Cheadle (long jump, eighth, 5.64m/18-06.00) and Kemar Jones (high jump, fifth, 1.98m/6-06.00 PR).

    The Salukis had a very impressive day on the track as well by qualifying nine student-athletes for finals, setting themselves up nicely for the final day of competition on Sunday.

    Matthew Benes had a spectacular day, qualifying for finals in three events and setting new personal bests in each one. Benes finished third in the 200 meter dash at 21.63, fourth in the 100 meter dash at 10.59 and fifth in the 110 meter hurdles at 14.14 -- the latter of which ties him for ninth all-time in Saluki history.

    Sophomore Amiris Warren also had a successful day across multiple events. Warren qualified for finals in both the 100 meter (fourth, 11.74) and 200 meter dashes (seventh, 24.41).

    Other finals qualifiers included: Remy Abrought (100 meter hurdles, fifth, 13.87), Nikolai Gall (400 meter dash, first, 47.55, PR, Top MVC Time in 2013), Kemar Jones (110 meter hurdles, seventh, 14.43 PR), Brett Kohler (400 meter hurdles, seventh, 53.83) and Tess Shubert (400 meter hurdles, third, 1:01.12).

    Day Three begins with the men's pole vault and women's discus.

    Women's Team Scores (Through Nine Events):
    1. No. 25 Wichita State - 94
    2. Indiana State - 72.50
    3. Southern Illinois - 65
    4. Illinois State - 56
    5. Northern Iowa - 34.50
    6. Missouri State - 17
    7. Bradley - 6
    7. Drake - 6

    Men's Team Scores (Through Eight Events):
    1. Wichita State - 88
    2. Southern Illinois - 78
    3. Indiana State - 60
    4. Drake - 33
    5. Northern Iowa - 26
    6. Illinois State - 20
    7. Bradley - 7