J.C. Lambert finishes fifth, earns All-American in hammer throw at NCAA Championships

    J.C. Lambert, 2013 hammer throw All-American

    J.C. Lambert, 2013 hammer throw All-American

    June 6, 2013


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    By Tyler Wooten

    EUGENE, Ore -- Saluki senior J.C. Lambert concluded his career at Southern Illinois with a fifth-place finish in the men's hammer throw at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, earning All-American honors for the fifth time in his career -- the most ever by a Saluki male thrower.

    Lambert, a native of nearby Harrisburg, Ill., earned fifth place -- the highest finish ever by a Saluki male thrower in the event -- and earned All-American distinction with his best throw of the day at 66.34m (217-08). Lambert is the 107th Saluki male to make All-American, and he is the 54th male to do so outdoors. Lambert's finish is the highest for a Saluki male outdoors since 1992 (Ed Williams, 5th/Darrin Plab, high jump national champion), and the highest for a Saluki male thrower outdoors since 1988 (Ron Harrer, discus, fourth place).

    This performance caps an extraordinary career at Southern for Lambert, where he owns two all-time SIU records (weight throw and hammer throw), three Missouri Valley Conference records (all-time weight throw, all-time and conference championships hammer throw records), won seven MVC individual championships, qualified for the national meet six times across both the indoor and outdoor seasons, earned All-American honors five times (and second-team All-American once in 2011), was named the 2012 MVC Indoor Most Valuable Field Athlete, and played an instrumental part in the 2012 men's MVC indoor championship team -- who claimed their first title in 20 years. Lambert has made a name for himself in the SIU record books at the national meet alone, scoring a remarkable 17 NCAA meet points over the course of his career indoors and outdoors.

    Southern's stay at the national meet in Oregon concludes on Saturday, where Kim Fortney will look to top her career off in similar fashion in the women's shot put at 3 p.m. A live stream of the action at the NCAA Championships can be found HERE.