Three more Salukis advance to NCAA National Finals

    Senior Meredith Hayes broke the SIU record in the 100-meter hurdles Friday at the West Regional

    Senior Meredith Hayes broke the SIU record in the 100-meter hurdles Friday at the West Regional

    May 27, 2011

    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    Results

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois track and field team had three more athletes qualify for the NCAA Finals during the second day of the West Regional Friday in Eugene, Ore.

    Jeneva McCall, Gwen Berry and J.C. Lambert will each get a shot to repeat as All-Americans in the hammer throw as the three Salukis earned their spots at nationals with top-12 finishes.

    McCall continued her strong run in Oregon with a second-place finish in the hammer with a throw of 220-07. The result was not only the highest finish of any SIU athlete thus far at the West Regional, but also marked her second top-three finish in two days.

    Joining McCall among the women's hammer throw elite, Berry took fourth with a throw of 203-07. On the men's side, Lambert finished ninth with a throw of 207-11.

    Perhaps the highlight of the day for Southern, Senior Meredith Hayes broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.39. The finish was good enough for sixth place in the preliminary round, earning Hayes a spot in Saturday's quarterfinal.

    Saluki senior Olga Ciura missed the cut for nationals by just five spots, finishing 17th in the hammer throw with a mark of 184-05. Junior Malaikah Love also came close, posting her second top-20 finish in as many days with a 19th-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 40-07.00.

    Also competing for Southern, Kim Fortney finished 21st in the hammer with a throw of 183-01, Collin Otto finished 32nd in the hammer with a throw of 187-01, Megan Hoelscher finished 43rd in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:50.51, Brandon Deloney finished 43rd in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.11 and Miracle Thompson competed in the pole vault, but failed to clear a height.

     

     

    Southern will wrap up competition in the West Regional Saturday with six more Salukis set to compete.

    SIU Athletes in action Saturday
    Noon -- Women's discus (Fortney, McCall)
    2:15 p.m. -- Women's high jump (Kenya Culmer)
    4:05 p.m. -- Women's 100-meter hurdles (Hayes)
    5:30 p.m. -- Men's discus (Jake Deiters)
    5:45 p.m. -- Men's 5,000-meter run (Jeff Schirmer)
    All times CST

    Live streaming for the West Regional is available free of charge on the University of Oregon's website HERE

    . Saturday's stream begins at 3 p.m. CST.

    Friday, Apr 25
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Jonesboro, Ark. All Day
    Saturday, Apr 26
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Jonesboro, Ark. All Day
    Saturday, May 3
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Normal, Ill. All Day
    Saturday, May 10
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Charleston, Ill. All Day
    Friday, May 16
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Carbondale, Ill. All Day
    Saturday, May 17
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Carbondale, Ill. All Day
    Sunday, May 18
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Carbondale, Ill. All Day
    Thursday, May 29
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Fayetteville, Ark. All Day
    Friday, May 30
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Fayetteville, Ark. All Day
    Saturday, May 31
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Track Fayetteville, Ark. All Day
    Photo Store Coming SoonBuy Ticket