Josh Freeman finishes second in shot put at USATF Outdoor Junior Championships, earns spot on Team USA

    Freshman Josh Freeman earned a spot on Team USA after his performance in the shot put.

    Freshman Josh Freeman earned a spot on Team USA after his performance in the shot put.

    June 20, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Saluki freshman thrower Josh Freeman became the first ever 19-and-under Saluki male athlete to earn a spot on Team USA after his second-place finish in the shot put on Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior Championships.

    Freeman threw 19.72m (64-08.50) for second place and will join champion Coy Blair of Purdue as the two junior Team USA representatives in the shot put at the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships held in Medellin, Columbia, from Aug. 23-25.

    The native of Fox River Grove, Ill., is coming off a superb freshman season at SIU where he earned two All-MVC honors in the shot put, one of those coming from an individual championship outdoors. In the Saluki record books, Freeman already ranks fifth all-time in the indoor shot put, and sixth all-time outdoors.


     

     

    Also competing at the junior championships who did not qualify were fellow freshmen Remy Abrought (100m hurdles, 10th place, 14.34) and TJ Beelen (discus, 16th place, 48.72m/159-10).

    Southern will have two competitors on Friday, one each in the junior and senior championships. Freshman Brandon Shemonia will run in the 10,000 meter run at 9 p.m., and at 5 p.m. five-time All-American and former Saluki J.C. Lambert will compete in the hammer throw.

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