Salukis complete rain-delayed Day Two of NCAA West Regionals

    Sophomore Sadie Darnell topped her old SIU record in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

    Sophomore Sadie Darnell topped her old SIU record in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

    May 24, 2013


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    By Tyler Wooten

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Saluki track and field waited eight hours to compete at Day Two of the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round Championships at the University of Texas on Friday after storms forced competition to be postponed.

    Day Two was originally set to begin at noon with the women's discus before the inclement weather rolled in. All events scheduled for Friday were completed, with the exception of the men's hammer throw -- which, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. J.C. Lambert, Bradley Sauer and Curtis Wideman will represent SIU in the event.

    Southern had six athletes compete, including two Salukis who fell just short of qualifying for nationals.

    Junior Kenya Culmer finished tied for 15th in the high jump at 1.70m (5-07.00), less than two inches within a berth to the national meet.

    Sophomore Ashley Gaston fell less than three feet shy of a trip to Eugene, Ore., in the women's discus throw. Gaston threw a personal best 50.94m (167-01) for 15th place, which is now the fourth-best throw in Saluki history.

    Competing at Day Three for Southern will be: Kenya Culmer (triple jump), Kim Fortney (shot put), Ashley Gaston (shot put), J.C. Lambert (hammer throw), Dougie Palacious (triple jump), Bradley Sauer (hammer throw) and Curtis Wideman (hammer throw).

    The final day of the preliminary championships begins at at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the men's hammer throw.

    Saluki Competitors:
    Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 15th place - 1.70m (5-07.00)
    Ashley Gaston - Discus - 15th place - 50.94m (167-01) PR, Fourth all-time at SIU
    Tess Shubert - 400 Meter Hurdles - 22nd place - 1:00.62
    Sadie Darnell - 3000 Meter Steeplechase - 27th place - 10:28.10 PR, SIU Record
    Matthew Benes - 110 Meter Hurdles - 34th place - 14.55
    Amiris Warren - 200 Meter Dash - 46th place - 25.10