Lambert, McCall earn All-American honors at NCAA Championships

    J.C. Lambert finishes second in the weight throw to earn All-American status for the fourth time.

    J.C. Lambert finishes second in the weight throw to earn All-American status for the fourth time.

    March 10, 2012

    By Robin Thuringer

    NAMPA, Idaho-- Southern Illinois throwers J.C. Lambert and Jeneva McCall both earned All-American honors Saturday in the final day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships as they each recorded second place finishes.

    "It was a really exciting day for J.C. and Jeneva," said SIU head coach Connie Price-Smith. "They both did a great job competing and I am really proud of them." 

    Multi-event athlete Malaikah Love also competed for the Salukis in her third NCAA championship appearance on Saturday taking eleventh place in the pentathlon with a total of 3976 points. Love competed in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, and 800 meter run. The senior's best finish came in the shot put where she posted a throw of 42" 4'(12.90m) to finish fourth.

    "Everyone came out today and gave their best. It is not easy coming in and competing on the national level."

    J.C. Lambert competed in the weight throw competition finishing second in the nation with a toss of 72'1'' (21.97m). Lambert was edged out of a national championship by Marcel Lomnicky of Virginia Tech who recorded a throw of 72' 3.75" (22.04m) to take the title.

    The Harrisburg, Ill. native competed in his fourth national championship and is now a four-time NCAA All-American.

    "J.C. just did an absolute great job," Price-Smith said. "He just missed winning by two inches so that is remarkable."

    One day after taking the national championship in the weight throw, Jeneva McCall placed second in the shot put earning All-American honors for the tenth time in her illustrious collegiate career. McCall recorded a personal best toss of 58' 11.5" (17.97m). Oklahoma's Tia Brooks took the championship with a throw of 62' 4" (19.00m).

    "Throughout the competition Jeneva knew what she needed to do and was focused and followed through. It was just a fantastic meet for her finishing first and second at this level."

    Southern Illinois track and field will now prepare for the start of outdoor season that begins on March 24 when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational.