Freeman finishes 10th, Culmer 16th at NCAA Indoor Championships

    Senior Kenya Culmer finished 16th in the high jump at the national meet.

    Senior Kenya Culmer finished 16th in the high jump at the national meet.

    March 15, 2014

    By Tyler Wooten

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Saluki track and field concluded its stay at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday with two more second-team All-American certificates from Josh Freeman (shot put) and Kenya Culmer (high jump).

    In addition to Sophia Lozano in the weight throw on Friday (13th), this was the first trip to the national meet for both Freeman and Culmer. All three finishes cap extraordinary indoor seasons that saw two SIU all-time records fall and two individual Missouri Valley Conference titles.

    Freeman, a sophomore from Fox River Grove, Ill., missed out on qualifying for finals by one foot in his first time at the national meet. His third and final throw of 18.90m (62-00.25) was his best on the day. Earlier this season, Freeman set the all-time SIU indoor shot put record and then broke his own record three weeks later at 19.43m (63-09.00).

    Culmer, SIU's all-time leader in both the indoor and outdoor high jump, cleared her first bar at 1.73m (5-08.00), but couldn't get over the bar at 1.78m (5-10.00), putting her in 16th place overall. Culmer broke her own SIU indoor record at the MVC Indoor Championships on March 2 with a title-winning leap of 1.83m (6-00.00).

    Now done with the indoor season, the Salukis go outdoors -- first with the Bill Cornell Spring Classic at home on March 28-29 at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex.