Women's Track and Field team ranked No. 14




    Feb. 9, 2010

    By Jason Clay
    www.SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University indoor women's track and field team jumped up eight spots to No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Top 25 poll that was released on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

    SIU received a total of 62.68 points in the poll and trialed No. 13 South Carolina by 1.34 points. The Salukis have five different athletes registering points nationally, and all five are on the field events side.

    Sophomore Jeneva McCall, who has automatically qualifying marks in both the shot put and the weight throw, is the heavy point getter for the Dawgs. She is responsible for 35.96 of SIU's 62.68 points. McCall owns the third furthest mark recorded in the country in both the weight throw (70-00.25) and shot put (55-11.75).

    Along with McCall, three other Saluki throwers are securing points for SIU in the national rankings. Sasha Leeth, Rickael Roach and Gwen Berry, all who have hit NCAA provisional marks this season, are ranked in the top 11 of the weight throw. Berry is also 28th in the shot put with her provisional mark of 51-04.50.

    Malaikah Love is the last Saluki earning points in the ranking system, and she is the only one of the five to do so in three different events (long jump, triple jump and pentathlon).

    Southern Illinois only has two meets remaining until the MVC Championships, where the Dawgs will be defending their 2009 title. SIU is at the GVSU Big Meet this weekend (Feb.12-13) in Allendale, Mich.

     

     

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