Feb. 23, 2012
ST. LOUIS--The Southern Illinois men's track team has been projected to finish second, while the women were tabbed fourth for this weekend's 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in a vote by the league coaches.
The UNI-Dome on the campus of Northern Iowa will serve as host for the meet as the Indiana State men and the Wichita State women both look to defend last year's championship titles.
The Southern Illinois men came in a close second behind Indiana State who received 34 points. SIU totaled 32 points and captured two first place votes.
J.C. Lambert leads the way for the Salukis, dominating the Valley in the Weight Throw. His mark of 74' 4.25" tops the Valley and ranks fourth in the nation. Brandon Deloney leads the Valley in the 200-meter category, while teammate Stephen Arvanis leads the Valley in the 800-meter and Zach Dahleen leads the conference in the Mile.
The women of Southern Illinois claim the fourth spot, tallying 42 points and earning the final first place vote. Southern Illinois currently ranks ninth in the nation according to the latest NCAA Division I USTFCCCA indoor track & field rankings.
The Salukis dominate the field events in the Valley, with Malaikah Love (indoor pentathlon, triple jump, long jump), Jeneva McCall (weight throw, shot put), and Kenya Culmer (high jump) all ranking number one in their respective events. McCall tops the national chart in weight throw, with an impressive 77' 11.5" mark, and also ranks fifth in the shot put nationally. Love holds three top twenty national ranking, currently ranking fifth in the indoor pentathlon, sixth in triple jump, and nineteenth in the long jump.
1. Indiana State (4) 34 points
2. Southern Illinois (2) 32 points
3. Wichita State 22 points
4. Northern Iowa 19 points
5. Illinois State 10 points
6. Drake 9 points
2012 Women's Indoor Pre-Championship Poll
1. Wichita State (5) 60 points
2. Missouri State (1) 50 points
3. Illinois State (1) 48 points
4. Southern Illinois (1) 42 points
5. Indiana State 39 points
6. Northern Iowa 25 points
7. Drake 15 points
8. Bradley 9 points