Track and Field wraps up competition at NCAA Mideast Regional




    May 30, 2009

    By Shalae Patrick
    www.siusalukis.com

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Southern Illinois men's and women's track and field teams finished 27th and 13th respectively at the 2009 NCAA Mideast Regionals hosted by the University of Louisville. The SIU program will send three automatic qualifiers to the national championships.

    In the team race, the Saluki women scored 20 points, while the men posted five. LSU won the women's race with 85.5 points, Arkansas the winner on the men's side with 90 points.

    The team will send Sasha Leeth in the women's hammer, Bianca Stuart in the women's long jump and Jeff Schirmer in the men's 5,000-meter run to the NCAA National Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., June 10-13.

    Megan Hoelscher recorded the top finish of day two, setting a new school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The sophomore won her heat and finished sixth overall, just missing the automatic cut-off for nationals, in 10:39.42.

    Jason Ordway finished 18th in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:09.58.

    In the men's hammer throw, J.C. Lambert finished 16th with a personal-best toss of 190-00 (57.92m). Joe Paradiso finished 27th at 175-09 (53.58m).

    Cody Doerflein cleared 16-01.25 (4.91m) in the men's pole vault in his first trip to regionals finishing 16th.

    In the women's shot put, Jeneva McCall and Gwen Berry finished 25th and 26th respectively. McCall threw 47-09.75 (14.57m) and Berry, 47-07 (14.50m).

     

     

    Jake Deiters threw 171-10 (52.37m) in the men's discus for 13th place.

    In the triple jump, Malaikah Love finished 12th, with a jump of 40-07.50 (12.38m) for the women and Maxim Bakana jumped 48-11.50 (14.92m) good for 14th.

    Friday Recap
    Three Southern Illinois track and field athletes punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships next month in Arkansas by finishing in the top-five in their respective events at the 2009 Mideast Regional Championships Friday.

    Two-time All-American Bianca Stuart won the women's long jump title in her final regional competition with her last jump of the day, 21-05.50 (6.40m).

    Jeff Schirmer, ranked 17th heading into today's 5,000-meter run, kept himself in the hunt the entire race kicking with just over 100-meters to go for fourth-place in the event in 14:09.19, eighth all-time at SIU.

    In the women's hammer, Sasha Leeth finished fourth tossing herself to nationals with a personal-best 201-05 (61.40m), second all-time in program history. Gwen Berry finished seventh with a career-best throw of 195-06 (59.58m), in a good position to grab an at-large bid to nationals.

    Jeneva McCall threw 157-09 (48.08m) in the women's discus for 13th.

    In the women's 100-meter hurdles Meredith Hayes finished 10th just missing finals by two spots in 13.60.

    Kendra Deck finished 16th in the women's 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.89.

    In the men's shot put, Tom Smith finished 26th with a toss of 50-10.25 (15.50m) and Joe Paradiso finished 28th at 48-07.50 (14.82m).

    Stevie Warren ran 21.38 in the men's 200-meter dash for 20th place.

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