Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
Ashley Gaston (discus) and Luke James (triple jump) won individual MVC titles on Sunday, and Josh Freeman (MVC Most Outstanding Field Athlete) and Sadie Darnell (Elite 18) were recognized as MVC award recipients.
Southern won three event titles on the men's side on the final day.
Sophomore Josh Freeman broke the all-time SIU and MVC outdoor shot put records with his winning throw of 19.12m (62-08.75).
The Saluki women are looking for their first indoor title since 2009 and the men their second in three seasons (2012).
Photos from Day One of the SIU Invite, Feb. 7, 2014.
Competed in the pole vault in eight meets indoors and four meets outdoors...Finished in the top-third twice indoors...Won the pole vault at the Saluki Open on Jan. 11...Set a personal best of 4.68m at the Illini Classic on Jan. 19.
Competed in 12 meets in both the indoor and outdoor seasons...Finished third twice at the Saluki Fast Start and the Saluki Open of the indoor season.
State champion in 4x400 senior year...State finalist in the pole vault.
Full name is Alexander James Lietz...Born on Jan. 25, 1993...Son of James and Dawn Lietz...Has two sisters...Majoring in physiology.