Junior DeAnna Price was named the MVC's Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Jan. 22, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
Freshman Kyle Landon was named the co-male field athlete of the week alongside Illinois State thrower Akil Mills. Landon, a local native of Chester, Ill., has had two superb weeks in the high jump following the winter break -- his first two tries at the high jump bar at the collegiate level. On Jan. 11 at the Saluki Open, Landon posted the best mark at SIU in nine years with a winning clearance of 2.10m (6-10.75). One week later at the Kentucky Invitational, Landon jumped onto SIU's all-time indoor list in just his third collegiate meet. Landon cleared the same height as victor Kashef Daniel of Arkansas State (2.14m/7-00.25), but had one more miss than Daniel with the bar at 2.11m to fall to second place. Landon's most recent clearance ranks first in the MVC, tied for eighth all-time at SIU and tied for 20th in the nation.
Junior thrower DeAnna Price earned her second consecutive female athlete of the week honor following her performances at the Saluki Open and Kentucky Invitational. At the Saluki Open on Jan. 10-11, Price posted personal bests in both the weight throw (third place, 20.75m/68-01.00) and shot put (second place, 16.29m/53-05.50), and on Jan. 17-18 Price won the shot put (16.05m/52-08.00) and finished second in the weight throw (19.89m/65-03.25) at the Kentucky Invitational. Price now ranks sixth all-time at SIU in the weight throw and fourth all-time in the shot put behind Saluki All-Americans and world-class throwers Jeneva McCall, Gwen Berry and Amarachi Ukabam. Nationally, Price ranks fifth in the weight throw and 13th in the shot put.
Saluki track and field heads to South Bend, Ind., next for the Notre Dame Invitational this Sat., Jan. 25.
SIU Weekly Notes:
Saluki track and field is off to the right start, as SIU currently has 13 student-athletes ranked within the top-50. Of those 13, SIU would qualify three athletes in four events for the indoor national championships if the season were to end today: DeAnna Price (fifth, weight throw), Sophia Lozano (sixth, weight throw), DeAnna Price (13th, shot put) and Kenya Culmer (14th, high jump).
LANDON ON THE RISE
Highly-touted freshman Kyle Landon hasn't disappointed in his first two high jump attempts at SIU. Landon, a local native of Chester, Ill., where he won seven state championships and was named the 2013 Illinois Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has already placed himself eighth on SIU's all-time indoor high jump list with his MVC-leading mark of 2.14m (7-00.25). Landon's mark, the 20th-best in the country, is in good company at SIU. Southern's all-time high jump list is highlighted by three former Olympians at the top: Darrin Plab (USA, 1992, Barcelona), Cameron Wright (1996, USA, Atlanta) and Stephen Wray (1984, Bahamas, Los Angeles).
The performance of Southern's freshmen over the first three meets has resulted in considerable success for the Salukis. In addition to the high-flying performance of freshman Kyle Landon, fellow freshmen Franklin Adams (long jump, triple jump), Alauna Ray (high/long/triple jumps), Andrew Sledd (sprints) and Katie Trupp (pole vault, high jump) have all contributed for SIU right away. Adams owns one long jump title to his name (Saluki Open) and currently ranks second in the MVC in the long jump (7.13m/23-04.75) and third in the triple jump (14.27m/46-10.00). Trupp owns two pole vault titles, has either set or tied her college best in the pole vault in each of SIU's three meets and has already vaulted her way to second all-time at SIU in the event with her clearance of 3.75m (12-03.50), the third-best mark in the MVC.