Salukis return to Hoosier State for Indiana Relays

    Junior DeAnna Price is ranked within the top-16 in both the weight throw (seventh) and shot put (16th).

    Junior DeAnna Price is ranked within the top-16 in both the weight throw (seventh) and shot put (16th).

    Jan. 30, 2014

    Indiana Relays
     Date Friday, Jan. 31-Saturday, Feb. 1
     Location Bloomington, Ind. -- Gladstein Fieldhouse
     Meet Info Meet Schedule | Meet Program
     Live Results Live Results

    Men's Performance List | Women's Performance List

     Rankings Men's National | Women's National | Missouri Valley
     Records SIU Record Book
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    By Tyler Wooten

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Saluki track and field will travel to the Hoosier State for the second straight week this weekend when it will compete at the Indiana Relays hosted by Indiana University on Friday and Saturday.

    SIU will be one of 27 schools at the meet, which will feature 1,220 student-athletes. Of those 27 schools, 22 are NCAA Division I. MVC opponents Illinois State, Indiana State and Loyola will be in attendance, as will in-state and regional institutions DePaul, Louisville, Northern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and the University of Illinois. The Illini will come into Gladstein Fieldhouse with the 18th-best men's squad in the nation.

    Southern fared well last week at the Notre Dame Invitational, where both the Saluki men and women finished third behind Notre Dame and Michigan State and ahead of Illinois State. SIU's stay in Notre Dame was highlighted by six event titles and several SIU record book performances -- the most impressive of which was sophomore Josh Freeman's takeover of the all-time indoor shot put record. On his final throw, Freeman broke SIU throws coach John Smith's 30-year-old record with a 19.25m (63-02.00) heave, which is currently the 10th-best throw in the country.

    The Salukis boast 11 additional top-50 individual marks -- eight of which are on the women's side. In addition to Freeman, SIU has three student-athletes in four total events that would qualify for nationals if the season were to end today (top-16): DeAnna Price (weight throw, shot put), Sophia Lozano (weight throw) and Kyle Landon (high jump).

    Day One will begin at 2 p.m. with the men's weight throw, men's pole vault and women's long jump.


    Sophomore Josh Freeman was already ranked fifth all-time in the indoor shot put after his freshman season at SIU, and it only took him four meets in 2014 to take the top spot for himself. Freeman broke the record on his final throw of 19.25m (63-02.00), almost 30 years to the day this his own throws coach, John Smith, set the record at 62-09.75 on Feb. 4, 1984. Freeman's record-shattering launch was nearly three feet better than his previous best set last year indoors. His latest throw currently has him second in the Valley and 10th in the nation.

    Freshman Kyle Landon continues to impress in the high jump, where he has set a new collegiate best in each of his three attempts. This past Saturday at the Notre Dame Invitational he won with an impressive clearance of 2.17m (7-01.50), which already lifts him up to fifth all-time at SIU in the event, tied with Freddy Rule (2005). Landon took three attempts at 2.20m (7-02.25), which would have been a personal best between college or high school, and would have taken sole possession of fifth all-time. He currently ranks first in the MVC and tied for 15th nationally.

    In addition to Freeman and Landon's performance at Notre Dame, the Salukis had several other record book-worthy performances. On the track, senior Matthew Benes (60 meter dash, 6.90, ninth all-time) and junior Sadie Darnell (3000 meter run, 9:49.20, third all-time) moved up in SIU's record books, and junior Mobola Rotibi nearly broke the 25-year-old school record in the 1000 meter run, falling within one half-second at 2:55.10. In the field, Caselyn Harding set a new PR in the pole vault (11-09.75), improving on her standing in third all-time, Alexus Scott squeaked onto the top-10 list in the shot put at 15.15m (49-08.50), and Curtis Wideman slipped into 10th in the weight throw at 19.16m (62-10.50).

    Men's National Rankings (Top-50):
    10. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 19.25m (63-02.00)
    15. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.17m (7-01.50)
    45. Curtis Wideman - Shot Put - 17.84m (58-06.50)
    48. Curtis Wideman - Weight Throw - 19.16m (62-10.50)

    Women's National Rankings (Top-50):
    7. DeAnna Price - Weight Throw - 20.75m (68-01.00)
    9. Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw - 20.60m (67-07.00)
    16. DeAnna Price - Shot Put - 16.29m (53-05.50)
    18. Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 1.79m (5-10.50)
    27. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 15.81m (51-10.50)
    41. Ashley Gaston - Weight Throw - 19.03m (62-05.25)
    45. Alexus Scott - Shot Put - 15.15m (49-08.50)
    48. Kenya Culmer - Triple Jump - 12.27m (40-03.25)

    Men's MVC Rankings (Top-Three):
    1. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.17m (7-01.50)
    2. Franklin Adams - Long Jump - 7.13m (23-04.75)
    2. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 19.25m (63-02.00)
    2. Luke James - Triple Jump - 14.28m (46-10.25)
    3. Franklin Adams - Triple Jump - 14.27m (46-10.00)
    3. Oscar Medina - Mile - 4:11.75
    3. Curtis Wideman - Weight Throw - 19.16m (62-10.50)

    Women's MVC Rankings (Top-Three):
    1. Lauren Cheadle - Long Jump - 5.86m (19-02.75)
    1. Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 1.79m (5-10.50)
    1. Sadie Darnell - 3000 meter run - 9:49.20
    1. DeAnna Price - Weight Throw - 20.75m (68-01.00)
    2. Kenya Culmer - Triple Jump - 12.27m (40-03.25)
    2. DeAnna Price - Shot Put - 16.29m (53-05.50)
    2. Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw - 20.60m (67-07.00)
    3. Lauren Cheadle - 60 meter dash - 7.63
    3. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 15.81m (51-10.50)