Salukis inaugurate new facility with Bill Cornell Spring Classic on Friday

    Senior Kim Fortney

    Senior Kim Fortney

    March 28, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois track and field will christen the new Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex and Connie Price-Smith Throws Area on Friday with a dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Bill Cornell Spring Classic starting at 2:30 p.m.

    Speakers at the dedication ceremony -- which will be emceed by Saluki Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Reis -- will include Chancellor Rita Cheng, Director of Athletics Mario Moccia, former Saluki track and field head coach and Saluki Hall of Fame member Lew Hartzog, current head coach Connie Price-Smith, former Saluki NCAA hurdles champion David Lee, and current Saluki senior Tess Shubert, with a meet-and-greet immediately afterward. For more information about the dedication ceremony, see the press release linked HERE.

    Traveling to Carbondale for the scored meet will be 13 Division I schools, with a total of 653 student-athletes participating. Two Big Ten schools will be in attendance (Illinois and Wisconsin), as well as fellow Missouri Valley Conference foes Bradley, Illinois State and Indiana State.

    Southern is coming off a successful weekend at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold, where the Salukis took home five event titles. Winning for the Salukis were Kim Fortney (hammer throw), J.C. Lambert (hammer throw), Tess Shubert (400H), Dougie Palacious (triple jump) and the men's 4x100 relay.

    In the win, Lambert broke the previous all-time MVC record in the hammer throw by two feet. His heave of 67.09m (220-01) bested Illinois State's Tom Barrett's mark of 218-04 set in 2000, shattered Mark Milleville's SIU record by nearly four feet and set a new personal best in the event by nearly eight feet. As it stands, Lambert's throw is currently second in the country, trailing only Minnesota's Quentin Mege's top mark of 67.49m (221-05).

    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.

    This past week Matthew Benes, Lambert and Shubert were all named MVC Track and Field Athletes of the Week for their performances at Vanderbilt.

    There are currently 13 Salukis ranked in the top-50 nationally in their respective events.

    Day One of the Bill Cornell Spring Classic will start with the discus at 2:30, followed by the long jump at 3 p.m., and finish with the 10K races at 6 p.m.

    Participating Schools:
    Bradley (M+W)
    Chicago State (M+W)
    DePaul (M+W)
    Eastern Illinois (M+W)
    Illinois (M+W -- women ranked 16th nationally)
    Illinois State (M+W)
    Indiana State (M+W)
    Lipscomb (M+W)
    Murray State (W)
    SIU-Edwardsville (M+W)
    Southern Illinois (M+W)
    Western Illinois (M+W)
    Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M+W)
    Wisconsin (W)

    Salukis in the National Rankings:
    2. J.C. Lambert - Hammer Throw - 67.09m (220-01)
    14. Eric Reeves - Long Jump - 7.34m (24-01.00)
    25. Dougie Palacious - Triple Jump - 14.95m (49-00.75)
    29. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 17.13m (56-02.50)
    34. Brett Kohler - 400m hurdles - 52.87
    41. Curtis Wideman - Hammer Throw - 58.43m (191-08)
    8. Kim Fortney - Shot Put - 15.99m (52-05.50)
    10. Kim Fortney - Hammer Throw - 61.28m (201-00)
    11. DeAnna Price - Hammer Throw - 60.99m (200-01)
    14. Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 1.75m (5-08.75)
    15. Tess Shubert - 400m hurdles - 59.92
    42. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 14.83m (48-08.00)
    43. Kenya Culmer - Triple Jump - 12.08m (39-07.75)