Junior Curtis Wideman
April 10, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Saluki track and field completed its first day at the Sea Ray Relays on Thursday, which saw two fourth-place finishes by Salukis in the men’s and women’s hammer throw.
On the men’s side, junior Curtis Wideman posted yet another personal best with his fourth-place throw of 63.86m (209-06) — one inch better than his previous best set in the outdoor season-opener at home in the Bill Cornell Spring Classic on March 29. His current mark improves upon his position in fourth all-time at SIU and moves him up to 22nd on the national collegiate list in 2014 and 27th on the national list among collegians and professionals alike.
Also throwing in the men’s competition was junior Kyle Walker, who finished in 19th place at 47.09m (154-06).
Junior Ashley Gaston led the way for the women with a personal-best heave of her own for fourth place. Gaston threw 52.80m (173-03), and was followed by Alexus Scott (fifth, 52.56m/172-05), Sophia Lozano (seventh, 51.28m/168-03) and Erin Scott (11th, 49.27m/161-08).
Two former Salukis also competed in the hammer as post-collegiate athletes. Two-time defending USA indoor weight throw champion Gwen Berry won the women’s hammer with a throw of 67.97m (223-00), which currently registers as the second-best throw in the United States in 2014.
SIU will begin Day Two at 12:10 p.m. CDT with the women’s 100 meter dash. Live results are available HERE and a live video stream is available at Tennessee All-Access, which accepts Saluki All-Access logins.