Saluki men picked third, women fourth in pre-MVC Outdoor Championship poll

    Senior Tess Shubert

    Senior Tess Shubert

    May 8, 2013

    Pre-Championship Release | MVC Event Rankings
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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saluki track and field will prepare to make the trek to Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday for the beginning of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, which runs May 10-12.

    The Saluki men were picked to finish third and the women fourth in a pre-championship poll released by the conference on Wednesday.

    Southern is looking for its first MVC championship since 2010 when the women took the title. Of active MVC teams, SIU leads the total team championship count in both men's and women's competition. The men hold an outstanding 14 titles to second-place Drake's 10, and the women hold eight to Indiana State and Wichita State's six.

    In 2012, the Saluki men finished fourth and the women finished third, but they were still able to haul away three individual champions and four additional All-MVC performers. Champions from 2012 competing this year will be the Bahamian jumping duo of Kenya Culmer and Dougie Palacious, who won the high and triple jumps last year, respectively. Zach Dahleen, 2012 champion in the 1500m run, is sidelined with an injury.

    Also returning is two-time MVC hammer throw champion J.C. Lambert, who redshirted the 2012 outdoor season due to illness. Lambert set the all-time MVC mark in the hammer throw in his first meet back in March at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold, and he currently ranks sixth in the nation in the event.

     

     

    The Salukis are poised for some success in Des Moines, as entering competition there are 19 events that have Saluki occupants in the top-three positions -- ten of which that have at least one senior.

    The MVC Outdoor Championships begin on Friday, May 10.

    Men's Pre-Championship Poll:
    1. Indiana State (6) - 48
    2. Wichita State (1) - 42
    3. Southern Illinois - 36
    4. UNI - 25
    5. Drake - 21
    6. Illinois State - 17
    7. Bradley - 7

    Women's Pre-Championship Poll:
    1. No. 25 Wichita State (8) - 64
    2. Indiana State - 54
    3. Illinois State - 49
    4. Southern Illinois - 41
    5. Missouri State - 30
    6. UNI - 23
    7. Drake - 19
    8. Bradley - 8

    Returning Men's MVC Outdoor Champions:
    Zach Dahleen - 1500m Dougie Palacious - Triple Jump

    Returning Women's MVC Outdoor Champions:
    Kenya Culmer - High Jump

    Returning Men's All-MVC:
    Lucas Cherry - 3000m Steeplechase

    Returning Women's All-MVC:
    Mallory Dreyer - Javelin
    Lacey Gibson - 10,000m
    Mobola Rotibi - 800m

    Men's MVC Event Rankings (Top-Three:)

    100m Dash
    3. Eric Reeves - 10.69

    400m Dash
    1. Nikolai Gall - 47.82
    2. Ryan Sidwell - 47.98

    4x100m Relay
    3. Eric Reeves, Nikolai Gall, Dougie Palacious, Matthew Benes - 41.46

    4x400m Relay
    1. Nikolai Gall, Ryan Sidwell, Blake Green, Christopher Nightengale - 3:12.33

    Pole Vault
    2. Ryan Sidwell - 4.96m (16-03.25)

    Long Jump
    2. Dougie Palacious - 7.36m (24-01.75)
    3. Eric Reeves - 7.34m (24-01.00)

    Triple Jump
    1. Dougie Palacious - 15.64m (51-03.75)

    Shot Put
    1. Josh Freeman - 18.09m (59-04.25)

    Discus
    2. Curtis Wideman - 53.20m (174-06)

    Hammer Throw
    1. J.C. Lambert - 67.09m (220-01)

    Women's MVC Event Rankings (Top-Three):

    400m Hurdles
    2. Tess Shubert - 59.26

    High Jump
    3. Kenya Culmer - 1.76m (5-09.25)

    Long Jump
    3. Lauren Cheadle - 5.96m (19-06.75)

    Triple Jump
    3. Kenya Culmer - 12.59m (41-03.75)

    Shot Put
    3. Kim Fortney - 16.71m (54-10.00)

    Hammer Throw
    2. Kim Fortney - 63.75m (209-02)
    3. DeAnna Price - 63.22m (207-05)

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