SIU track and field to host Saluki Open this weekend

    Junior Ashley Gaston ranks seventh nationally in the shot put (15.81m/51-10.50).

    Junior Ashley Gaston ranks seventh nationally in the shot put (15.81m/51-10.50).

    Jan. 9, 2014

    Meet Schedule | Meet Program | 200m Dash and 4x400m Relays
    Men's National Rankings | Women's National Rankings
    SIU Men's Performance List | SIU Women's Performance List

    By Tyler Wooten

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki track and field will resume the indoor season with the Saluki Open at the SIU Student Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday.

    The meet will be scored as a dual meet on the men's side between SIU and Belmont, and it will be scored as a tri-meet between SIU, Belmont and Austin Peay on the women's side. Also in attendance will be Bethel (Tenn.), Southwest Baptist and Victory University, and private club teams like New York Athletic Club -- which will showcase former Saluki All-Americans Gwen Berry (weight throw) and Jeneva McCall (weight throw, shot put).

    Southern is coming off a dominant performance at the Saluki Fast Start on Dec. 7, where SIU won 10 event titles. Entering this weekend, SIU has 11 student-athletes ranked within the top-20 nationally -- including five in the top-10 and two in the top-five on the women's side.



    Day One (Fri., Jan. 10) will begin at 4 p.m. with the women's weight throw, long jump and pole vault. Day Two (Sat., Jan. 11) will start at 10 a.m. with the women's shot put, triple jump and men's high jump, followed by the running events at 10:30 a.m.

    Men's National Rankings (Top-20)
    14. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 17.91m (58-09.25)
    15. Curtis Wideman - Shot Put - 17.84m (58-06.50) - PR
    17. Curtis Wideman - Weight Throw - 18.74m (61-05.75)

    Women's National Rankings (Top-20)
    3. DeAnna Price - Weight Throw - 20.60m (67-07.00) PR
    4. Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 1.75m (5-08.75)
    6. DeAnna Price - Shot Put - 15.84m (51-11.75) PR
    7. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 15.81m (51-10.50) PR
    10. Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw - 19.12m (62-08.75)
    14. Kenya Culmer - Triple Jump - 12.02m (39.05.25)
    16. Alyssa Allison - Mile - 5:04.59 (converted from 5:07.60 for track size)
    19. Alexus Scott - Shot Put - 14.66m (48-01.25)