Women's Track and Field team first, men second following day 2 of MVC Championships




    May 15, 2010

    By Shalae Patrick
    www.SIUSalukis.com

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    NORMAL, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's track and field team remains in first place, the men sit second after the second day of competition at the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships at the Redbird Track Complex.

    The Salukis won two more events after taking three league titles day one and earned seven all-conference honors. SIU sends 16 to Sunday's finals in nine events.

    The Saluki women sit first with 105 points, followed by Wichita State in second with 63.5. Indiana State (57), Illinois State (45) and UNI (42) sit third, fourth and fifth respectively. Missouri State (20), Drake (14.5) and Bradley (3) round out the field.

    On the men's side, Wichita State took over the top spot with 98 points, the Salukis not far behind with 88. Indiana State sits third with 51 points, followed by the Redbirds with 40. UNI is in fifth with 28 and Drake sixth with 7.

    Updated Team Scores

    The SIU women started day two, much like day one taking five of the top seven spots, scoring 27 points, in the shot put. Jeneva McCall won her second throwing event of the championships, breaking her second facility record with a toss of 53-01.75 (16.20m). Gwen Berry finished third at 50-04.50 (15.35m) for her second all-MVC honor of the meet finishing in the top-three. Sasha Leeth (50-01.75; 14.37m) and Rickael Roach (47-01.75; 14.37m) came in fourth and fifth respectively and Kim Fortney (46-05.25; 14.15m) seventh.

    Malaikah Love and Nina Okafor came in third and fourth in the women's long jump. Love jumped 19-02.75 (5.86m) for all-MVC honors and six points, while Okafor jumped 18-04.50 (5.60m) for five team points.

    In the high jump, freshman Kasey Oceguera came in sixth clearing 5-05.25 (1.66m). Junior pole vaulter Miracle Thompson cleared 12-00 (3.66m) finishing second for conference honors.

    In the final women's event of the night, junior Megan Hoelscher ran 10:43.45 for second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, just four second off of her school record time.

    The Saluki women put four in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles led by Meredith Hayes with the top time (13.79) heading into Sunday's finals. Miracle Thompson takes the second position (14.12), Laquitsha Bejoile third (14.19) and Terri Counts sixth (14.57).

    Kandise Thompson (55.90) and Tess Shubert (55.66) take the third and fourth positions in the 400-meter dash Sunday, while Kendra Deck (59.57) and Tredene Davis (1:00.59) take the third and fourth spots in the 400 hurdle finals, Connie Hicks (1:02.41) takes sixth. Deck's time sets a new school record and is a career-best for the senior.

    Kandise Thompson also takes the seventh position into the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.65.

    On the men's side, the Salukis took first, fourth, sixth and eighth, led by Joe Paradiso with the men's shot put title with a toss of 57-09.75 (17.62m), earning his team ten points. Ryan Shumaker finished fourth with a mark of 55-10.50 (17.03m), while J.C. Lambert (53-11.75; 16.45m) and Matt Eader (52-06.75; 16.02m) came in sixth and eighth.

    Saluki jumpers Maxim Bakana and Kendrick Branch finished fifth and eighth in the long and high jumps. Bakana jumped 22-11.75 (7.00m) for four points and Branch cleared 6-03.25 (1.91m) for another Saluki point.

    In the final event of the day, Jason Ordway and Lucas Cherry finished third and fifth in the steeplechase. Ordway ran 9-00.84, a career best, eighth all-time at SIU. Cherry finished in 9-16.71.

    In the men's sprints, Brandon Deloney and Sammy Biggs take the top positions into Sunday's finals in the 200 and 400 dashes. Deloney ran 21.26 in the 200 prelims, while Biggs ran 47.45 in the 400. Deloney also made finals in the 100 at 10.75.

    Stephen Arvanis and Zach Dahleen both won heats of the men's 800 run to take the second and third positions into finals. Arvanis ran 1:53.64 to win the first heat and Dahleen ran 1:54.50 in the second heat.

    In the hurdles, Jeremy Bankston ran 53.81 for fourth in the 400 hurdle finals.

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