Josh Freeman (shot put), Ashley Gaston (discus, shot put), Kyle Landon (high jump), Alexus Scott (shot put) and Curtis Wideman (hammer throw) will each represent Southern at the national meet.
Last updated on May 31, 2011
2010-11: Indoor: Competed in the weight throw at eight events...Posted a career-best throw of 63-10.50 at the EIU Friday night special, which ranks ninth in school history...Placed in the top five in five of eight meets, including a second-place finish at the SIU Invitational and a third-place finish at the Saluki Open. Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Regional in the hammer throw, where she finished 17th... Competed in seven events in the hammer throw and discus...placed in the top five in the hammer at five meets during the regular season...Posted a career-best hammer throw of 199-01 at the MVC Championships, which ranks fifth in SIU history...Posted a season-best discus throw of 131-11 at the Joey Haines Invitational.
2009-10: Named NCAA All-American in the hammer throw after a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships...Finished no worse than 15th in every meet during the season...Ranks third in SIU history in the hammer throw with a distance of 197-08 (60.26m)...Ranks tenth all-time in the weight throw with a mark of 61-01.25 (18.62m)...Best finish was a third place at the SIU Spring Classic in the hammer throw.
2008-09: Honored as an MVC Scholar-Athlete... Recorded four Top five finishes and six Top 10 finishes in the weight throw in indoor competition...Achieved a personal-best 175-00 (53.33m) in the hammer throw, which earned her fifth place at the SIU Spring Invitational and ranked as the tenth-longest throw in SIU history...Finished fifth at the MVC Championships with a 167-08 (51.11m) in the hammer throw
2007-08: Recorded six Top 10 finishes in the hammer throw, one in the weight throw and one in the shot put as a freshman in 2007-08...Achieved a career-best 136-01 (41.47m) in the discus en route to a seventh-place finish at the Ole Miss Invitational...Finished 11th in the hammer and eighth in the discus at the 2008 MVC Outdoor Championships...Placed 11th in the weight throw at the 2008 MVC Indoor Championships.
High School: Four-time all-conference honoree...Member of the Maine West High School Hall of Fame...Holds school records in discus (121-03) and shot put (40-07.5)...State qualifier in discus and shot as a junior and senior...Placed ninth in the shot put at the state meet as a junior...Member of the varsity diving team as a sophomore and junior.
Personal: Full name is Olga Kinga Ciura...Majors in aviation flight...Born Feb. 27, 1989...Daughter of Czeslaw and Maria Ciura.