Both Salukis earn Honorable Mention All-American distinction for being one of the 24 national finalists.
Freeman finished 21st on his second throw of 18.11m (59-05.00), which will earn him Honorable Mention All-American honors.
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.
SIU will end up sending five athletes in six events to Eugene, Ore., on June 11-14 for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Ashley Gaston (discus), Kyle Landon (freshman) and Curtis Wideman (hammer throw) each put in national qualifying performances on Friday.
Photos from the final day of the MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Carbondale, Ill. 5.18.14
Photos from Day Two of the MVC Outdoor Championships in Carbondale, Ill. 5.17.14
Photos from Day Two of the 2014 Bill Cornell Spring Classic, 3.29.14.
Photos from Day One of the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, 3.28.14.
Photo credit courtesy of Kirby Eagles, UNI Sports Photographer
MVC Champion, Shot Put (Outdoor)
All-MVC, Shot Put (Indoor)
Fifth (Indoor) and Sixth (Outdoor) in SIU Shot Put History
Won eight shot put titles across both the indoor and outdoor seasons...Competed in the shot put and weight throw in nine meets indoors, and the shot put, hammer throw and discus in eight meets outdoors...Finished in the top-three 15 times across both seasons...Finished second in the shot put at the USATF Junior Championships, qualifying for the Pan-Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Columbia.
Two-time USATF All-American, three-time all-conference and three-time all-county in high school...Holds school record in shot put and discus...2012 3A state champion in shot put and discus...Ranks third in Illinois history in the shot put with a mark of 66-0...Part of first Cary-Grove school to win sectional title...Voted team MVP in 2012...All-time points leader in Cary-Grove Track and Field history...Named 2012 track and field athlete of the year by the Northwest Herald...Set a Cary-Grove school record in the discus with a toss of 181-3....Member of the 2009 state championship football team.
Born on August 22, 1994 in Barrington, Ill... Son of William and Stacy Freeman...Has one sister, Nicole...Majoring in Sport Administration.