Saluki men and women both finish in third at conclusion of Big Blue Classic

    Sophomore Josh Freeman broke his own SIU and MVC all-time record in the shot put on Saturday.

    Sophomore Josh Freeman broke his own SIU and MVC all-time record in the shot put on Saturday.

    April 5, 2014

    Complete Results

    By Tyler Wooten

    All regional or national rankings were calculated at the time of writing. Rankings will change as results are reported throughout the weekend.

    CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Saluki track and field came away with third places finishes on both the men's and women's side of competition at the conclusion of the Big Blue Classic on Saturday.

    The Saluki men finished with three event titles and 138.50 meet points behind first-place Indiana State (224.50) and second-place Eastern Illinois (174.50).

    First up was sophomore Josh Freeman, who once again broke the all-time SIU and Missouri Valley Conference outdoor shot put records with his winning 19.35m (63-06.00) heave. Just last week at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic Freeman set the SIU and MVC records in his first outdoor attempt of 2014 after breaking the SIU indoor record in January. In addition to holding all three of those records, Freeman now owns the Big Blue Classic and O'Brien Field Records in the shot put after today's performance. Currently, his new mark ranks fourth both nationally and regionally in the NCAA West Region.

    Junior Curtis Wideman came close to his own personal best in the discus on Saturday, which he won on a throw of 53.15m (174-04) -- just two inches off his previous best that ranks seventh-best in SIU history. This is the second consecutive week Wideman has come away with the discus title after claiming the event crown at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic last weekend. Freeman didn't finish far behind Wideman, as he came in third place at 49.71m (163-01).

    Freshman Kyle Landon set a new overall personal best in the high jump on Saturday, clearing 2.19m (7-02.25) for the victory and a new Big Blue Classic record. Landon, a native of nearby Chester, Ill., cleared 2.17m (7.01.50) in the indoor season, and had previously cleared 2.18m (7-02.00) in high school. He now ranks fifth all-time outdoors in SIU history, and his newest mark is the best outdoors or indoors at Southern since 1996 (Neophytos Kalogerou, 7-03.00). Nationally in 2014, Landon's new outdoor mark ranks ninth in the country.



    Sophomore Kemar Jones also scored for Southern in the event in fourth place at 1.98m (6-06.00).

    Kemar Jones also had a solid day on the track in the 100 meter hurdles, where he landed himself onto SIU's all-time top-10 list. Jones ran 14.53 seconds in the prelims, and followed that up with a blazing PR of 14.27 in the finals for fourth place overall, which now ranks as the 10th-best time in Saluki history. Senior Matthew Benes finished in fifth place behind Jones at 14.40.

    SIU's men's squad also gained at least three scorers in four additional field events.

    Junior Luke James was the runner up in the triple jump at 14.47m (47-05.75), and was followed by freshmen Franklin Adams (third, 13.58m/44-06.75) and Louis Dotson (seventh, 13.14m/43-01.50). The Saluki jumpers also had a successful day in the long jump, as Franklin Adams finished fourth at 7.12m (23-04.50), Kyle Landon finished sixth at 6.97m (22-10.50) and James finished 12th and scored at 6.45m (21-02.00).

    In the javelin, the Saluki men grabbed meet points from Dean Jordan (fifth, 48.23m/158-03), Xzavier Kimbrough (10th, 42.50m/139-05) and Kurtis Siemsen (11th, 39.69m/130-02). Similarly, SIU scored four student-athletes in the men's pole vault: Nathan Schuck (sixth, 4.58m/15-00.25), Chad Weaver (seventh, 4.58m/15-00.25), Haeden Sweetin (4.58m/15-00.25) and Alex Lietz (ninth, 4.43m/14-06.25).

    The Saluki women caught a pair of runner-up finishes on Saturday to help add to the team total of 121, behind first-place Indiana State (136) and Western Michigan (131).

    In the women's high jump, indoor national qualifier Kenya Culmer finished second at 1.68m (5-06.00), and was followed by junior transfer Cetrena Simmons in third place at 1.63m (5-04.25). The women's 4x100 relay team of Lauren Cheadle, Nirupama Sunderraj, Desiree White and Amiris Warren also finished second on a season-best time of 47.02.

    SIU's women's squad also gained multiple scorers in four field events on Saturday.

    Junior Ashley Gaston led the way for SIU in the shot put at 14.94m (49-00.25) in third place, and was followed by Alexus Scott (fourth, 14.85m/48-08.75) and Erin Scott (sixth, 14.48m/47-06.25 PR).

    Cheadle was the top SIU finisher in the long jump in fourth place at 5.76m (18-10.75). Sophomore Jalen Peet (eighth, 5.48m/17-11.75) and senior Sarah Rautio (tied for 10th, 5.31m/17-05.25) also scored for Southern in the event. Rautio (seventh, 11.47m/37-07.75) and Cetrena Simmons (tied for 5th, 11.60m/38-00.75) also scored in the triple jump for SIU.

    After already putting herself up to second on SIU's indoor all-time pole vault list, freshman Katie Trupp pushed herself to second on the outdoor list as well on Saturday with a clearance of 3.75m (12-03.50) -- good for a tie for fourth. Junior Caselyn Harding also set a new PR in the pole vault at 3.60m (11-09.75), which scored for SIU in 10th place and now ranks third all-time in Saluki history.

    Next up for Saluki track and field are the Sea Ray Relays on April 11-12 in Knoxville, Tenn. -- hosted by the University of Tennessee.

    Other Scorers (Men):
    4x100 Meter Relay
    5. William Davis, Franklin Adams, Spencer Jackson, Matthew Benes - 42.40

    200 Meter Dash
    12. Spencer Jackson - 22.13 - PR

    4x400 Meter Relay
    6. Christopher Nightengale, Matthew Benes, Andrew Carmin, Blake Green - 3:23.86

    Other Scorers (Women):
    3. Ashley Gaston - 49.80m (163-05)

    4. Stephanie Milroy - 34.41m (112-11) - PR

    100 Meter Dash
    7. Lauren Cheadle - 12.32q/12.29f - PR

    800 Meter Run
    13. Allison Gallo - 2:15.73 - PR

    200 Meter Dash
    9. Nirupama Sunderraj - 25.31
    10. Amiris Warren - 25.35

    4x400 Meter Relay
    7. McKenzie White, Amiris Warren, Jessica Jump, Nirupama Sunderraj - 3:56.54

    Men's Team Scores:
    1. Indiana State - 224.50
    2. Eastern Illinois - 174.50
    3. Southern Illinois - 138.50
    4. Northern Iowa - 106.50
    5. Illinois State - 85
    6. Lipscomb - 33
    7. Bradley - 9
    8. Illinois - 5

    Women's Team Scores:
    1. Indiana State - 136
    2. Western Michigan - 131
    3. Southern Illinois - 121
    4. Eastern Illinois - 106
    5. Northern Iowa - 94.50
    6. Dayton - 64.50
    7. Illinois State - 41
    8. Northern Illinois - 25
    9. Lipscomb - 20
    10. Bradley - 15