Salukis earn nine event wins to kick off indoor season at Saluki Fast Start

    Junior Kenya Culmer won the high jump with a mark of 5-08.00.

    Junior Kenya Culmer won the high jump with a mark of 5-08.00.

    Dec. 8, 2012


    By Tyler Wooten


    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois track and field opened the 2012-13 indoor season with a strong showing on Saturday at the Saluki Fast Start at the SIU Recreation Center.

    The Salukis grabbed nine total titles and were the highest collegiate finisher in five more events. Eight different Salukis notched event wins, including sophomore Amiris Warren, who won both the women's 60 meter and 200 meter dashes for Southern. Warren's 60 meter time of 7.57 was only three hundredths of a second off of her personal best set in the 2011-12 indoor season.

    Also earning an event win for the Saluki sprinters was junior Matthew Benes, who claimed the men's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.26 -- just over a tenth off of his personal best.

    There were only two long distance events ran today, and Southern took home the win in the women's mile run with sophomore Allison Gallo's 5:17.14 run.

    Southern's throwers continued their recent dominance, running away with both the men's and women's weight throw and shot put. The men won both events outright, and the women both fell behind former Saluki, Jeneva McCall.

    Sophomore Bradley Sauer improved his personal best in both the weight and shot put, taking the weight throw title in the process. Sauer improved on his previous best by at least three feet in both events.

    Freshman Josh Freeman took home the first event title of his Saluki career today in dominating fashion, winning the shot put by over four feet over second place finisher, Saluki junior Brian Cooper.



    For the women, outdoor All-Americans Kim Fortney and DeAnna Price were the runners-up to McCall in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Fortney's second-place mark of 53-05.00 in the shot put is a new personal best, as were Price's performances in both events.

    The remainder of Southern's titles came in the jumping events -- two on the men's side and one on the women's. Kenya Culmer, Dougie Palacious and Eric Reeves all took wins in the high, triple and long jumps, respectively.

    Saluki track and field returns to action at home on Jan. 11 for the Saluki Open.