Salukis take three titles at Day One of Saluki Open

    Junior Lauren Cheadle set a new indoor PR in the long jump with a winning leap of 5.86m (19.02.75), the eighth-best mark in Saluki history.

    Junior Lauren Cheadle set a new indoor PR in the long jump with a winning leap of 5.86m (19.02.75), the eighth-best mark in Saluki history.

    Jan. 10, 2014

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    By Tyler Wooten

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki track and field resumed the 2014 indoor season with a strong showing at Day One of the Saluki Open on Friday at the SIU Recreation Center, where Southern took home three event titles in six events.

    SIU was led by junior Lauren Cheadle (long jump) and freshmen Franklin Adams (long jump) and Katie Trupp (pole vault), who each won their respective events.

    Cheadle set a new indoor personal best of 5.86m (19-02.75) in the long jump en route to victory, which bumps her up to eighth all-time at SIU indoors. A native of Lee's Summit, Mo., Cheadle was an NCAA Regional Qualifier outdoors in 2013 on her PR leap of 5.96m (19-06.75) that ranks 10th all-time at SIU outdoors.

    Right behind Cheadle was Iowa Central Community College transfer Cetrena Simmons, who leapt 5.49m (18-00.25) for second place. Simmons, a junior native of DeKalb, Ill., comes to SIU as the second-best high jumper and fourth-best triple jumper in ICCC history, where she was part of two NJCAA national championship squads.

    The men's long jump was equally dominated by Salukis. Freshman Franklin Adams took home the victory with a winning distance of 7.06m (23-02.00), and was followed by fellow freshman William Davis (second place, 6.87m/22-06.50) and junior Dean Jordan (third place, 6.59m/21-07.50).

    Southern's final title of the day came from freshman Katie Trupp, who replicated her performance last month at the Saluki Fast Start. Trupp won by tying her personal best mark of 3.65m (11-11.75) set on Dec. 7 at the Fast Start, which ranks as the second-best clearance in SIU indoor history.

    The Salukis also had a solid day in the men's and women's weight throw. All-American DeAnna Price was the highest collegiate finisher behind world-class throwers and former Salukis Jeneva McCall (first place, 23.29m/76-05.00) and Gwen Berry (second place, 22.27m/73-00.75).

    Price topped her weight throw PR set last month by five inches with her third-place heave of 20.75m (68-01.00), the sixth-best weight throw mark all-time at SIU. Behind her were Sophia Lozano (fourth place, 19.70m/64-07.75) and Ashley Gaston (fifth place, 18.40m/60.04.50, PR).

    In the men's weight, SIU placed four in the top five. Junior Curtis Wideman was the highest collegiate finisher in second place with a throw of 18.57m (60-11.25), and behind him were Josh Freeman (third place, 18.09m/59-04.25, PR), Brian Cooper (fourth place, 17.40m/57-01.00) and Kyle Walker (fifth place, 17.00m/55-09.25, PR).

    Day Two of the Saluki Open will begin at 10 a.m. with the women's shot put and triple jump, followed by the running events at 10:30 a.m.