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Salukis record four Top 10 school marks in Tennessee

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Reporter

This weekend the Salukis traveled down to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the 52nd annual Tennessee Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee.

SIU was a part of 31 teams competing in the historic event and they were pushed in each event, so much so in which three Dawgs achieved top ten school marks in their respective events.

The first of the top ten marks came from sophomore hurdler Theo Phipps. Phipps ran a personal best time of 14.14 second in the 110 meter hurdles to advance into a tie for the 10th spot on the all-time list. The sophomore earned a sixth place finish overall in the event.

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Junior hurdler Savannah Long earned the next top ten finish as she clocked a personal best time of one minute flat in the 400 meter hurdles to move her into the 10th position on the Saluki all-time list. Long also earned a sixth place finish at the meet in her event.

The third top ten finish came from senior distance runner Megan Krolak. Krolak ran a personal best time of 17:15.11 to take the 10th spot on the all time list. Her time was the fastest outdoor time ran by a Saluki since 2014. Krolak earned a second place finish in this weekend’s competitive race.

Sophomore Shauniece O’Neal took the final top ten finish in the discus with a toss of 50.76 meters. With this toss, O’Neal not only moved up to number four on the all-time list, she won the event.  The sophomore also finished third in the hammer throw with a toss of 61.63 meters.

On Friday, senior Adam Kessler took home third place in the shot put with a toss of 19.26 meters.

Another top three finish came from sophomore pole vaulter Kyle Zeinemann when he cleared a personal best height of 4.90 meters to take second in the event.

The final top three individual finish came from Theo Hassim as he placed third in the steeplechase running a time of 9:46.54.

On the final day of the meet, two Southern relay teams earned top three finishes to leave Tennessee on a great note. The men’s sprint medley earned a second place finish, while the women’s 800 meter relay team took home a third place finish.

SIU Track and Field will take the field again next Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the University of Kentucky Invite.

Sports reporter Tamar Mosby can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @mosbytamar.

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