Junior Curtis Wideman
Feb. 11, 2014
ST. LOUIS -- Saluki track and field thrower Curtis Wideman was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Wideman, a junior native of Evanston, Ill., has set a new personal best in the weight throw in three of SIU's six meets -- jumping up the national lists and SIU's own record books with each throw. At the SIU Invite on Feb. 7, he hit his furthest distance yet with a monster PR of 20.51m (67-03.50), which launched him up two spots in SIU's all-time list to fifth and 12 spots on the national list -- where he currently sits three spots outside nationals qualifying at 19th.
His final three attempts at the SIU Invite were all over 20 meters, each of which would have bested his previous PR of 19.81m (65-00.00), set at Indiana on Feb. 1. Overall, Wideman's latest mark ranks 25th in the United States among professionals and collegians alike.
Saluki track and field hits the road for Allendale, Mich., this Friday and Saturday for the GVSU Big Meet, hosted by Grand Valley State.
It came down to two hundredths of a second in the men's mile at the SIU Invite on Feb. 8, and junior Oscar Medina came out the victor on a last-second lunge for SIU. Medina trailed Western Illinois' Michael Castel coming around the final turn, but was able to turn on the burners one last time in the final 40 meters to edge Castel at the finish line, 4:14:15 to Castel's 4:14.17. Medina's PR time is currently a team-best for Southern and the fifth-best in the MVC in 2014.