Jeff Schirmer won the men's 10,000m with a time of 31:07.85
May 13, 2011
By Michael Benson
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Southern Illinois track & field teams both took early leads Friday at Northern Iowa on the opening day of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championship.
The men's team scored 45 points on day one, as they maintain a 20-point advantage over second place Illinois State. For the women, they tallied 46 points and hold a 12-point lead over Indiana State and Wichita State.
"We got out to a real good start today," said head coach Connie Price-Smith. "Everybody came out and performed their best and a little more. I can't ask for anything more than that."
The women's squad began the day with a resounding performance in the hammer throw. While Jeneva McCall took the event crown with a mark of 222-06, three other Salukis - Gwen Berry in second (221-09), Olga Ciura in fifth (199-01) and Kim Fortney (191-01) in seventh - earned points with top eight finishes.
Not willing to be outdone, Toni Whitfield earned second place and all-MVC honors in the javelin throw with a season-best mark of 143-04. The Johnston City, Ill., native was joined in the top eight by Mallory Dreyer, who took seventh with a heave of 122-02. Additionally, Miracle Thompson also took all-conference in the pole vault with a height of 12-00.50.
On the track, Emily Toennies finished fourth in the 10,000m with a 35:58.80 clip. In the heptathlon, Malaikah Love holds on to a slim lead through four events with 3252 points - only 136 above Wichita State's Tanya Friesen.
Jeff Schirmer earned his 15th MVC track & field championship under the lights in the 10,000m by crossing the finish line at 31:07.85. Dan Dunbar followed closely behind in second at 31:10.51, while Neal Anderson took third at 31:11.88 and Brian Dixon earned seventh at 31:37.44.
"We're going to need everybody to step up (on Saturday)," Price-Smith said. "Especially on the men's side, it is going to be really close."
The second day of the MVC Championship gets underway Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the completion of the men's decathlon. Field events start at 3 p.m. and the running events commence at 5 p.m.