Junior Curtis Wideman
April 17, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Saluki track and field had only a handful of athletes competing on Thursday but still had one runner-up and two personal-bests at SIU's first day of the 87th Kansas Relays.
Junior Curtis Wideman was Southern's lone runner-up on Day One after he finished second in the hammer throw. Wideman threw 61.17m (200-08), less than one foot away from taking the event title. Wideman's season and personal best hammer distance of 63.86m (209-06) currently ranks fourth all-time at SIU and 25th nationally.
Southern had two top-third finishers in the women's hammer throw as well. Junior Ashley Gaston set a new personal best at 54.29m (178-01), which was good for fifth place. Right behind her was sophomore Alexus Scott, who came in sixth place at 54.15m (177-08) -- just six inches shy of her career best set earlier this season.
Junior Allison Gallo had SIU's final PR of the day in the 1500 meter run. Gallo broke her previous best by six seconds with a time of 4:42.99, which was good for seventh place out of 25 runners.
SIU's second day at KU will begin with the 100 meter hurdles at 9:55 a.m. CDT on Friday. Distance runners Zach Dahleen and Sadie Darnell will also be competing on Friday, but in two time zones to the west of Kansas at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Dahleen will compete in the open 1500m run at 1:45 p.m. CDT, and Darnell will run in the Olympic Development/Open Elite 3000 meter steeplechase at 9:10 p.m.