Price earns All-American, Fortney second-team All-American at Day One of NCAA Championships

    Sophomore DeAnna Price, 2013 Hammer Throw All-American

    Sophomore DeAnna Price, 2013 Hammer Throw All-American

    June 5, 2013


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    By Tyler Wooten

    EUGENE, Ore. -- Saluki track and field female throwers DeAnna Price and Kim Fortney represented Southern Illinois at Day One of the NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon on Wednesday, with Price earning All-American status in the hammer throw and Fortney second-team All-American in the same event.

    Price, a 2012 second-team All-American in the hammer throw, finished third in the first flight at 62.57m (205-03) and finished up with a best launch of 63.45m (208-02) in the finals to finish eighth and earn All-American honors. A native of Moscow Mills, Mo., she is the 39th Saluki female to be named an All-American, and she is the 21st female to do so during the outdoor season. The honor caps an impressive season for the Saluki sophomore, who already owns the fourth-best mark in the hammer throw in SIU history at 65.18m (213-10).

    Price is the first Saluki female in SIU history to earn some variation of the All-American honor in her first two complete seasons, and she is now among four Salukis in history to accomplish that feat: Saluki Hall of Fame members Bill Cornell (1962-65), Oscar Moore (1966-67, 69) and most recently two-time World Championship medalist Michael Franks (1982-85).



    (For clarification, prior to 2011 the second-team (places nine through 16) and honorable mention (remaining participants) distinctions did not exist. Additionally, the top-eight American-born student-athletes were named All-American. Under the old rules, Price would have been a first-team All-American both years.)

    Senior Kim Fortney earned second-team All-American status with a tenth-place finish at 62.36m (204-07), which fell heartbreakingly close at one inch shy of taking ninth place and moving onto finals. This was Fortney's first foray in the hammer thow at nationals, and it is her second consecutive second-team honor; in 2012 she earned second-team in the shot put. The Hindsboro, Ill., native finishes her Saluki hammer throwing career with the fifth best mark in SIU history at 64.74m (212-05). Fortney will look to cap her excellent Saluki career with some fireworks in the women's shot put finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. CST.

    J.C. Lambert will be Southern's lone competitor on Day Two, where he will compete in the hammer throw at 3:30 p.m. CST. You can catch the events at Day Two live on HERE.