Salukis punch two more tickets for nationals on final day of NCAA West Regional

    Senior Kim Fortney qualified for nationals in both the hammer throw and shot put.

    Senior Kim Fortney qualified for nationals in both the hammer throw and shot put.

    May 25, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    AUSTIN, Texas --
    Saluki track and field concluded the NCAA West Regional at the University of Texas on Saturday with two more national qualifiers for the NCAA Championships on June 5-8, pushing its team total to four.

    J.C. Lambert was the first of two Salukis to punch a ticket to nationals on the final day, and the third overall. Lambert finished seventh in the hammer throw with a heave of 64.82m (212-08). The Harrisburg, Ill., native and 2010 All-American in the hammer throw has now qualified for the national meet three times in four attempts at the regional meet in his Saluki career.

    Southern's final qualifier was Kim Fortney in the shot put, who finished fifth in the event at a personal best mark of 16.80m (55-01.50) -- the fourth best throw in Saluki history. Fortney, a 2012 second-team All-American in the shot put, has now qualified for nationals twice in the event during her career. The Hindsboro, Ill., native also qualified for nationals in the hammer throw at Day One of the regional meet.

    The Salukis were also represented by five other student-athletes at the regional meet who fell short of claiming a spot at the national meet. Competing for Southern were: Kenya Culmer (triple jump, 24th place, 12.54m/41-01.75), Ashley Gaston (shot put, 45th place, 14.24m/46-08.75), Dougie Palacious (triple jump, 29th place, 15.01m/49-03.00), Bradley Sauer (hammer throw, 17th place, 61.72m/202-06) and Curtis Wideman (hammer throw, 18th place, 61.72m/202-06 PR).



    Overall, SIU will be represented by three athletes in four different events -- Fortney (hammer throw, shot put), Lambert (hammer throw) and DeAnna Price (hammer throw) -- at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 5-8.

    National Qualifiers:
    Kim Fortney - Hammer Throw, Shot Put
    J.C. Lambert - Hammer Throw
    DeAnna Price - Hammer Throw