Salukis send 13 to NCAA West Regionals on Thursday

    Sophomore Lauren Cheadle

    Sophomore Lauren Cheadle

    May 22, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Saluki track and field will send its 13 representatives for the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round Championships to the University of Texas on Thursday for a chance to qualify for the national meet.

    The NCAA West Regional, run May 23-25, consists of the top-48 individuals of the region in each event, and the top-24 relays. To qualify for the national meet -- which will be held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., from June 5-8 -- participants need to finish within the top-12 in their events at their regional meet.

    Southern will be represented by eight women in 12 events, and five men in six events. Saluki women qualified five throwers, three jumpers, three sprinters and one distance runner; and the men earned four throwers, one sprinter and one jumper.

    Of the 18 qualifying marks, 16 of them are ranked within the top-ten at SIU all-time -- three of those are all-time SIU records, including J.C. Lambert's all-time and conference meet MVC record in the hammer throw.

    Competing for the women are: Lauren Cheadle (long jump), Kenya Culmer (high jump, triple jump), Sadie Darnell (3000 meter steeplechase), Kim Fortney (shot put, hammer throw), Ashley Gaston (shot put, discus), DeAnna Price (hammer throw), Tess Shubert (400 meter hurdles) and Amiris Warren (100 meter dash, 200 meter dash).



    Competing for the men are: Matthew Benes (110 meter hurdles), J.C. Lambert (hammer throw), Dougie Palacious (triple jump), Bradley Sauer (hammer throw) and Curtis Wideman (discus, hammer throw).

    Salukis participating in events on Day One tomorrow include Lauren Cheadle (long jump), Kim Fortney (hammer throw), DeAnna Price (hammer throw), Tess Shubert (400 meter hurdles prelims) and Amiris Warren (100 meter dash prelims) on the women's side, and Curtis Wideman (discus) representing the men.

    Action at Day One of the NCAA West Regionals begins at noon on Thursday with the men's discus, where SIU's Curtis Wideman will compete.

    Women's Qualifiers:
    100 Meter Dash
    28. Amiris Warren - 11.51 SIU record

    200 Meter Dash
    43. Amiris Warren - 23.84 Second all-time at SIU

    3000 Meter Steeplechase
    40. Sadie Darnell - 10:32.84 SIU Record

    400 Meter Hurdles
    23. Tess Shubert - 59.26 Second all-time at SIU

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

    Triple Jump
    44. Kenya Culmer - 12.59m (41-03.75) Second all-time at SIU

    Long Jump
    44. Lauren Cheadle - 5.96m (19-06.75) Tenth all-time at SIU

    Shot Put
    12. Kim Fortney - 16.71m (54-10.00) Fourth all-time at SIU
    34. Ashley Gaston - 15.71m (51-06.50) Sixth all-time at SIU

    Hammer Throw
    6. DeAnna Price - 65.18m (213-10) Fourth all-time at SIU
    10. Kim Fortney - 63.75m (209-02) Fifth all-time at SIU

    44. Ashley Gaston - 50.14m (164-06) Seventh all-time at SIU

    Men's Qualifiers:
    110 Meter Hurdles
    37. Matthew Benes - 14.30 Tenth all-time at SIU

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

    40. Curtis Wideman - 53.20m (174-06) Seventh all-time at SIU

    Hammer Throw
    6. J.C. Lambert - 67.22m (220-06) MVC Conference, MVC All-Time and SIU All-Time Record
    18. Bradley Sauer - 62.45m (204-11) Fifth all-time at SIU
    29. Curtis Wideman - 61.03m (200-03) Sixth all-time at SIU