Senior Jeneva McCall
May 25, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois senior Jeneva McCall and sophomore Douglas Palacious both advanced to the NCAA Finals during the second day of the NCAA West Regional Friday in Austin, Texas.
McCall finished sixth in the women’s discus with a throw of 177-07 to secure her second spot in the finals June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, having already advanced in the shot put Thursday.
Palacious earned a trip to his first national final with a 12th-place finish in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 51-02.75. The top 12 finishers in each event at the West Regional advance to Drake.
Sophomore Kenya Culmer fell heartbreakingly short of advancing to the NCAA Final, finishing 13th in the high jump. Culmer was one of 12 jumpers to clear 5-09.25, but she was edged out in a jump-off.
Senior Collin Otto also came close to nabbing a spot in the final, but finished just outside the top 12 with an 18th-place finish in the men’s hammer throw with a season-best mark of 196-00. Freshman Bradley Sauer also competed in the hammer, finishing 38th with a throw of 185-05.
SIU will conclude its stay at the West Regional Saturday as Cody Doerflein will compete in the men’s pole vault at 1 p.m., Jeneva McCall, Kim Fortney and DeAnna Price will compete in the women’s hammer throw at 2 p.m., Malaikah Love will compete in the women’s triple jump at 6:30 p.m. and Zach Dahleen will compete in the men’s 1,500-meter run at 6:30 p.m.