Saluki Track and Field opens indoor season at home with Saluki Fast Start

    Junior Kenya Culmer holds SIU's all-time mark in the indoor high jump at 5-10.00

    Junior Kenya Culmer holds SIU's all-time mark in the indoor high jump at 5-10.00

    Dec. 7, 2012

    By Tyler Wooten

    Meet Program | Schedule

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki track and field will open its indoor season on Saturday with the Saluki Fast Start at the SIU Recreation Center.

    Competition beings at 10 a.m. with the field events, followed by the track events at approximately 2 p.m., starting with the 60 meter dashes.

    Coming to Carbondale will be Mississippi Valley, Murray State, Rend Lake, Saint Louis, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee Tech and a number of unattached athletes. 300 total athletes will participate.

    The Saluki men will begin their title defense as reigning indoor Missouri Valley Conference champions after taking the title last March. Returning for the men are eight of 14 indoor All-MVC selections from last year, including three-fourths of the MVC champion distance medley relay team of Zach Dahleen, T.J. Heffernan and Oscar Medina. Dahleen is a three-time indoor MVC champion with one title in the mile, and two in the distance medley relay.

    On the women's side, the Salukis return two indoor All-MVC selections from 2011-12, junior Kenya Culmer (high jump) and sophomore Mobola Rotibi (800m). Culmer is currently SIU's all-time leader in the indoor high jump with her mark of 5-10.00, set at last years SIU Invitational.

    Also returning for Southern will be outdoor All-American throwers Kim Fortney and DeAnna Price. Fortney and Price lead a group of Saluki women throwers that is now without three-time individual national champion Jeneva McCall.