Senior Tess Shubert
May 8, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
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 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 Women's MVC Outdoor Champions:
Kenya Culmer - High Jump
Returning Men's All-MVC:
Lucas Cherry - 3000m Steeplechase
Men's MVC Event Rankings (Top-Three:)
3. Eric Reeves - 10.69
2. Ryan Sidwell - 4.96m (16-03.25)
1. Dougie Palacious - 15.64m (51-03.75)
1. Josh Freeman - 18.09m (59-04.25)
2. Curtis Wideman - 53.20m (174-06)
1. J.C. Lambert - 67.09m (220-01)
Women's MVC Event Rankings (Top-Three):
2. Tess Shubert - 59.26
3. Kenya Culmer - 1.76m (5-09.25)
3. Lauren Cheadle - 5.96m (19-06.75)
3. Kenya Culmer - 12.59m (41-03.75)
3. Kim Fortney - 16.71m (54-10.00)