Three Salukis named MVC Track and Field Athletes of the Week

    Senior Tess Shubert

    Senior Tess Shubert

    March 27, 2013

    MVC Release

    By Tyler Wooten

    ST. LOUIS -- Seniors J.C. Lambert, Tess Shubert and junior Matthew Benes were each named Missouri Valley Conference Athletes of the Week after their performances last week at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold in Nashville, Tenn., the conference announced Wednesday.

    Benes had a successful meet across several events, including a win in the 4x100 meter relay. Benes ran anchor for the victorious relay team, which ran 41.66 to claim the title. Elsewhere, Benes finished fourth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.74, and posted a personal best in the 200 meter dash at 21.86 for sixth place.

    Shubert, a senior, claimed her third career win in the 400 meter hurdles, where she clocked the only sub-1:00 time at 59.92 seconds. Her time currently sits at 15th in the country, where less than one second separates positions seven through 15. Shubert also played a role in the second-place women's 4x100 meter relay team, which missed out on victory by four tenths of a second at 46.72.

    Lambert was named co-men's field athlete along with Illinois State's two-time javelin NCAA champion Tim Glover. Lambert, a senior, broke the all-time Missouri Valley Conference record in the hammer throw at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold this past weekend en route to a win, throwing 67.09m (220-01). As it stands, Lambert's throw is currently second in the country, trailing Minnesota's Quentin Mege's top mark of 67.49m (221-05). Lambert also finished high in the shot put (sixth) and discus (third) events at the meet.



    The throw is two feet better than the previous record of 218-04, set by Tom Barrett of Illinois State in 2000. Lambert's record-breaking throw also shattered the SIU record held by Mark Milleville by four feet, and the momentous launch was nearly eight feet better than Lambert's previous personal best in the hammer throw. A four-time All-American, Lambert now owns two all-time Missouri Valley records in the hammer and weight throws.

    In fact, Southern Illinois now owns all but two all-time MVC men's throwing records (outdoor shot put and new javelin) and 10 of 14 between men's and women's competition.

    Saluki track and field returns home Friday and Saturday to inaugurate the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex with the Bill Cornell Spring Classic. A dedication ceremony will be held at the facility at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and opening events follow the ceremony at 3 p.m. For more information on the dedication ceremony and meet, see the linked press release HERE.