Salukis to compete at Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday

    Senior Kenya Culmer is nationally ranked in both the high jump (15th) and triple jump (33rd).

    Senior Kenya Culmer is nationally ranked in both the high jump (15th) and triple jump (33rd).

    Jan. 24, 2014

    Notre Dame Invitational
     Date Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
     Location Notre Dame, Ind. - Loftus Sports Center, Meyo Track
     Meet Info Meet Schedule

    Men's Performance List | Women's Performance List

     Rankings Men's National | Women's National | Missouri Valley
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    By Tyler Wooten

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Saluki track and field will travel to the University of Notre Dame to join Illinois State and Michigan State for a one-day meet on Saturday.

    Southern is coming off a successful weekend at the Kentucky Invitational, where the Salukis captured four event titles and scored four runners-up. SIU's stay in Lexington was highlighted by junior Sophia Lozano -- who solidified herself within the top-10 nationally in the weight throw -- and freshman Kyle Landon, who moved up to eighth all-time at SIU in the high jump with his second-place finish. On Wednesday, both Landon and junior DeAnna Price were named Missouri Valley Conference Field Athletes of the Week.

    SIU currently has 13 student-athletes ranked in the top-50 nationally in their individual events -- including 10 on the women's side. In the women's weight throw only five females rank ahead of Lozano, and one of them is Price -- who, ranks fifth in the nation at 20.75m (68-01.00). Price also ranks in the shot put, sitting at 13th nationally at 16.29m (53-05.50).

    Senior Kenya Culmer (high jump, 15th; triple jump, 33rd), junior Ashley Gaston (shot put, 24th; weight throw, 28th) and sophomore Alexus Scott (shot put, 40th; weight throw, 45th) are also ranked in multiple events.

    The Salukis will face stiff competition, however, as each team boasts their own crop of national-caliber talent. The host Fighting Irish have the most top-50 student-athletes at the meet with 12 individuals and three 4x400 meter relays -- which includes four sprinters ranked individually within the top-10.

    Two of the nation's best male shot put athletes will be in attendance to square off against the Saluki men -- who boast two top-30 shot putters (Josh Freeman and Curtis Wideman). Illinois State's Curtis Jensen has the nation's best mark in the country at 20.29m (66-07.00), and Michigan State's Antonio James is ranked in the top-10 in both the weight throw (sixth) and shot put (eighth).

    Competition will begin at 10 a.m. with the men's long jump.

    Men's National Rankings (Top-50):
    20. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.14m (7-00.25)
    23. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 18.19m (59-08.25)
    30. Curtis Wideman - Shot Put - 17.84m (58-06.50)

    Women's National Rankings (Top-50):
    5. DeAnna Price - Weight Throw - 20.75m (68-01.00)
    6. Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw - 20.60m (67-07.00)
    13. DeAnna Price - Shot Put - 16.29m (53-05.50)
    15. Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 1.79m (5-10.50)
    24. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 15.81m (51-10.50)
    28. Ashley Gaston - Weight Throw - 18.95m (62-02.25)
    33. Kenya Culmer - Triple Jump - 12.27m (40-03.25)
    40. Alexus Scott - Shot Put - 15.14m (49-08.25)
    45. Alexus Scott - Weight Throw - 18.36m (60-03.00)
    50. Lauren Cheadle - Long Jump - 5.86m (19-02.75)