Wideman finishes 19th in the hammer, Gaston 22nd in the discus on Day Two of NCAA Championships

    Junior Curtis Wideman

    Junior Curtis Wideman

    June 12, 2014

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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    EUGENE, Ore. -- Saluki juniors Ashley Gaston and Curtis Wideman each fell short of finals in their events at Day Two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Thursday, but both will bring home Honorable Mention All-American awards for being one of the 24 national finalists.

    First up for Southern was Wideman, who entered the national meet hot off a fourth-place Missouri Valley Conference meet finish and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA West Region Prelims in order to punch his ticket for Eugene. Wideman's first throw of 60.44m (198-03) put him at 20th overall after the first round of tosses in the second flight, and he followed that up with a foul on his second attempt to stay put in 20th. On his third and final attempt, Wideman improved to 61.16m (200-08) but was still well short of cracking the top-nine for finals.

    Today's performance wraps up a strong junior campaign for Wideman, an in-state native of Evanston, Ill. Wideman earned four All-MVC honors (indoor shot put and weight throw, outdoor shot put and hammer throw), which included a runner-up finish in the weight throw indoors. Wideman also cracked several SIU all-time top-10 lists, as he now ranks fourth in the hammer (64.32m/211-00), fifth in the weight throw (20.72m/67-11.75), eighth in the outdoor shot put (17.64m/57-10.50) and 10th in the indoor shot put (17.84m/58-06.50). His newest hammer PR came in dramatic fashion at the NCAA West Regional, as it pushed him up to fifth place overall and solidified his spot in the national meet.

     

     

    Gaston, who qualified for nationals in both the discus and shot put, began her stay at the national meet with the former on Thursday. The Centreville, Ill., native topped out at 46.53m (152-08) on her opening throw, which ended up sealing 22nd place overall. The Saluki junior won the 2014 MVC discus title by five feet and was also the Valley runner-up in both the hammer and shot put. However, Gaston still has the shot put on Saturday to try and snag a First-Team All-American award with teammate Alexus Scott by her side.

    On Friday, Southern's lone competitor is also its youngest in Eugene this week: freshman Kyle Landon in the high jump at 5:20 p.m. Live results are available at Flash Results, and a live broadcast on ESPNU will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT. For those with cable or satellite provider logins, the ESPNU feed will be available online at either ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.

    Remaining Salukis at the National Meet
    Friday, June 13
    5:20 p.m. CT - Kyle Landon, High Jump

    Saturday, June 14
    3:00 p.m. CT - Ashley Gaston, Shot Put (Flight One)
    3:00 p.m. CT - Alexus Scott, Shot Put (Flight Two)

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