Kim Fortney finishes 14th in women's shot put, earns second-team All-American

    Senior Kim Fortney, 2013 shot put second-team All-American

    Senior Kim Fortney, 2013 shot put second-team All-American

    June 8, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    EUGENE, Ore. -- Saluki senior Kim Fortney ended her excellent Saluki career on Saturday at the NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon with a 14th-place finish in the women's shot put, securing yet another second-team All-American distinction.

    The Hindsboro, Ill., senior's second throw of 16.23m (53-03.00) was her best launch of the day, which landed more than one foot shy of qualifying for finals. The Missouri Valley Conference was well-represented in the event, as Illinois State's Brittany Smith and Indiana State's Felisha Johnson -- two of the nation's best throwers -- finished second and third, respectively.

    Fortney has been a consistent force for the Saluki female throwers since she arrived on campus four years ago. In her time as a Saluki, Fortney has been named a second-team All-American three times, qualified for the national meet twice, qualified for the NCAA West Regional all four years, named All-MVC four times (all during her senior year), and ranks in the top ten all-time at SIU in the outdoor shot put (fourth, 16.80m/55-01.50), outdoor hammer throw (fifth, 64.74m/212-05), discus (ninth, 161-06), javelin (tenth, 132-04), indoor shot put (fourth, 16.28m/53-05.00) and weight throw (sixth, 20.41m/66-11.25). Fortney has also been an excellent ambassador for Saluki Athletics in the classroom, where her efforts have earned her three consecutive MVC Scholar-Athlete honors and two consecutive CoSIDA/Captial One Academic All-District honors.

    Her performance caps a small but successful outing at the national meet for Southern, where they scored five meet points between J.C. Lambert and DeAnna Price's All-American performances in the hammer throw. In addition to her second-team distinction in the shot put, Fortney also earned the honor in the hammer throw on Wednesday, where she came heartbreakingly close to advancing to finals -- falling short one inch.