Southern has swept the weekly field awards each opportunity this indoor season.
Freshman Raven Saunders ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in the shot put after breaking the American Junior (Under-19) record at 17.64m (57-10.50).
Freshman Raven Saunders broke the all-time indoor American Junior (Under-19) shot put record on her winning throw of 17.64m (57-10.50).
This is a Division I scored meet that will feature 429 student-athletes from 11 schools.
Freshman Lindsey Murray broke SIU's all-time indoor pole vault record for the third time in four meets as a Saluki.
Three-time NCAA Champion (discus, 2010; weight throw/hammer throw, 2012), the most for an individual in school history...Three-time NCAA Runner-Up...13-time All-American, one-time second-team All-American...15-time MVC Champion...SIU all-time record holder in the indoor shot put and discus...MVC all-time record holder in the indoor shot put and discus...MVC Championships record holder in the indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, discus and hammer throw...Five-time MVC Most Outstanding Field Athlete, two-time MVC MVP...USTFCCCA Midwest Women's Field Athlete of the Year in 2012...Bowerman Award semifinalst in 2012, track and field's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
Gold medal winner in the hammer throw at the World University Games, the first American woman to ever medal in the event in worldwide competition...Finished eighth in the shot put at the World University Games...Finished eighth in the shot put at the US Olympic Trials in 2012...Finished second in the shot put and third in the weight throw at the USATF Indoor Championships in March...Finished second in the hammer throw and fourth in the shot put at the USATF Outdoor Championships...Qualifier for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow...Had second-best weight throw mark in the world behind former Saluki teammate Gwen Berry...Finished with the seventh-best shot put throw in the world indoors and the third best in the US...Eighth-best hammer throw mark in the world, second in the US...Tied for the 18th-best shot put mark in the world outdoors.
NCAA National Champion in the weight throw (75-01.50) and hammer throw (225-04)...NCAA Runner-Up in the indoor shot put...Four-time All-American (shot put x2, hammer, weight)...Mark in the indoor shot put at the NCAA Championships (58-11.50) broke school record by over two feet...PR in the weight throw (77-11.50) ranks second in school history behind Brittany Riley's world-record mark of 83-10.50...Five MVC titles (indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw, discus)...Set MVC all-time and conference championships shot put records...Became only second person in Valley history to win three MVC indoor shot put titles...Became second athlete in MVC history to win three straight weight throw titles (the other is Brittany Riley)...MVC Indoor Most Outstanding Field Athlete...Set new records at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the shot put and hammer throw and all-time discus...Second person in MVC history to win three outdoor shot put titles, the fourth to win three straight discus titles and the first since Brittany Riley to win three straight hammer throw titles...MVC Outdoor Most Valuable Athlete and Most Outstanding Field Athlete...USTFCCCA Midwest Women's Field Athlete of the Year...Semifinalist for the Bowerman Award, collegiate track's version of the Heisman Trophy given annually to both the top male and female student-athletes.
Earned four First-Team All-America honors -- two during the indoor season, and two during the outdoor season...National runner up in the hammer throw, while taking seventh in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...National runner up in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships, while taking eighth in the shot put...Qualified for the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw and discus....Finished fourth in the discus at the USATF Outdoor Championships, one spot shy of qualifying for the IAAF World Championships...Was named Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships...Earned All-MVC honors in five events -- indoors in the weight throw and shot put, and outdoors in the hammer throw, shot put and discus...Won four MVC titles -- indoors in the shot put and weight throw, and outdoors in the hammer throw and discus...Was named MVC Field Athlete of the Week seven times...Won 12 event titles during outdoor competition and nine during indoor competition...Finished in the top three in all but one event during regular-season competition...Improved her personal-best outdoor shot put mark to 55-07.73 at the MVC Championships, which ranks third in school history...Improved her personal best hammer throw mark to 223-04 at the Vanderbilt Invitational, which ranks third in school history...Improved her personal best weight throw mark to 73-11.50 at the GVSU Big Meet, which ranks third in school history.
NCAA National Champion in the discus with a toss of 180-04 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...Also earned All-American honors in four other events during the season (indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, weight throw, and hammer throw)...Won the Missouri Valley Conference title in each of the five events, while also being named All-MVC in all five...Qualified for the USATF Championships in the discus, shot put, and hammer throw...Set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 191-09, beating the old record by more than four feet...Also named to the NACAC Championships team in the hammer throw and discus...Set a new personal record at the NACAC Championships in the hammer throw with a distance of 210-06...Collected 24 first place finishes in the 18 total meets in which she competed in.
Earned all-MVC honors in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw...Garnered at least a Top 10 finish in every event at all but one meet prior to the NCAA Mid-East Regionals...Tied for fifth in the longest shot put distance (49.11-50), in addition to holding the second furthest discus throw (180-10) and ninth longest hammer throw distance (183-02).
Finished among the Top five discus throwers in the state three years in a row at Bassett High School in Virginia...Did the same once at Thornridge High School...Placed fifth in that event as a junior.
Majors in chemistry...Born Oct. 28, 1989...Daughter of Oliver and Alethia McCall...Father Oliver McCall was once the heavyweight champion of the world in boxing after his upset knockout victory over Lennox Lewis in 1994...Brother Mika'il is a member of the Saluki football team.