Former Saluki and three-time NCAA Champion Jeneva McCall will compete in both the hammer throw and shot put.
June 19, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saluki track and field will send five current student athletes and four former stars to Des Moines, Iowa this week for two meets -- the USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior and Senior Championships -- for a chance to qualify and compete in the 2013 Pan-American Games held in Medellin, Columbia, and the 2013 World Championships in Moscow -- respectfully.
Representing Southern at the junior nationals will be Remy Abrought (100 meter hurdles), TJ Beelen (discus), Josh Freeman (shot put) and Brandon Shemonia (10,000 meter run) -- all freshmen who competed in a very active freshmen class at SIU in 2013. Abrought's initial Saluki campaign saw her already place herself sixth in Saluki history in the 100 meter hurdles; Beelen (also a nose tackle on the Saluki football team) earned All-MVC in the discus at the MVC Outdoor Championships; Freeman already has one MVC crown in the outdoor shot put and he nearly won the indoor title as well; and Shemonia scored at both the indoor and outdoor championships for the Salukis.
As for the senior nationals, junior DeAnna Price (hammer throw) and former Salukis Gwen Berry (hammer throw), Kim Fortney (shot put), Jeneva McCall (hammer throw, shot put) and J.C. Lambert (hammer throw) will compete for a trip to Moscow for the 2013 IAAF Outdoor World Championships. Among this highly talented group are three national championships (all belong to McCall) and 20 All-American certificates.
To advance to Moscow, participating athletes must be one of the top-three finishers with an "A" standard mark, which can come either at the meet or any time since the last outdoor championships in 2012.
Berry, who won the weight throw title at the indoor championships in March, currently holds the country's best hammer throw mark at 73.81m (242-02) -- which, is also the sixth best throw in the world.
Three-time NCAA champion McCall will compete in two events on Saturday -- the hammer throw (72.15m/236-08) and the shot put (18.47m/60-07.25). In the former, McCall is ranked fourth in the USA and 19th in the world, and in the latter McCall is third in the country -- which, means that if no other competitors earn "A" standard, McCall would automatically advance.
Price, a 2013 All-American and the only SIU undergrad in competition, will try to best her mark of 65.18m (213-10) in the hammer throw on Saturday -- which ranks 17th nationally.
Fellow Saluki and 2013 second-team All-American Kim Fortney will compete alongside McCall in the shot put on Saturday. Fortney qualified with her personal best heave of 16.80m (55-01.50) set at the NCAA West Regional in May.
Five-time All-American J.C. Lambert, the lone Saluki male, will participate in the hammer throw on Friday with the 20th-best mark in the USA at 67.22m (220-06) -- the all-time SIU and MVC record.