McCall becomes the second female indoor national champion in SIU history.
March 9, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
NAMPA, Idaho -- Southern Illinois University thrower Jeneva McCall became the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Champion in the weight throw on Friday.
"Jeneva had a tremendous meet today," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith. "This was a major accomplishment and it was exciting to see her win a national championship in her senior season."
McCall polished off a remarkable indoor season with a winning mark of 75' 1.75" (22.90m) at the national championships that are taking place this weekend at Boise State University.
The senior's throw outdistanced the second place finisher, Ida Storm, of UCLA by over five feet. Brittany Smith of Illinois State finished third.
The Dolton, Ill. native is only the second female indoor national champion in Southern Illinois history and the fourth female to win a title in the Missouri Valley Conference. Brittany Riley took the title in the weight throw in 2007 and 2008.
McCall held the longest throw in the weight throw in the country throughout the indoor season with the toss of 77-11.5 that she recorded at the Saluki Open on January 13.
"I am really so proud of her," Price-Smith added. "She represented Southern Illinois today and did an excellent job."
McCall will contend for another title tomorrow in the shot put at 7 p.m. MST. J.C. Lambert will also compete in the men's weight throw competition, while Malaikah Love will compete in the pentathlon. Live stats and results are provided by NCAA.com.