Sophia Lozano named MVC Field Athlete of the Week

    Junior Sophia Lozano

    Junior Sophia Lozano

    Feb. 18, 2014

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS -- Saluki track and field thrower Sophia Lozano was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

    Lozano, a junior native of O'Fallon, Mo., produced her most impressive performance to date with a win in the weight throw invite elite at the GVSU Big Meet on Friday with a huge PR. In second place on her final throw, Lozano threw 20.82m (68-03.75) for the victory. Her new mark leapfrogs teammate DeAnna Price for fifth all-time at SIU (up from seventh), first in the MVC and 14th in the nation. Lozano and Price hold the top-two Valley spots, and Southern owns three in the top-five and four in the top-eight.

    Saluki track and field will hit the road this Friday for the Friday Night Special hosted by Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill. -- SIU's final meet before the MVC Indoor Championships on March 1-2.


    Entering competition at the GVSU Big Meet last week, junior Sophia Lozano already held the second-best weight throw mark in the Missouri Valley and the seventh-best in SIU history. However, in second place and on her final attempt in the weight throw invite elite Lozano hit the best mark of her career on a 20.82m (68-03.75) throw for the win. She now ranks fifth all-time at SIU, first in the MVC and 14th nationally.

    With only one meet to go before the MVC Indoor Championships, Southern is sitting in good shape for the conference meet. SIU owns 40 total top-eight marks or times in the conference (16 men, 24 women) -- including five top-marks.



    The Salukis retain 10 student-athletes ranked within the top-50 on the national collegiate list, but due to some impressive performances throughout the country some individual rankings have slipped. However,SIU would still have three national qualifiers if the season were to end today in Josh Freeman (shot put, 12th), Sophia Lozano (weight throw, 14th) and DeAnna Price (weight throw, 16th), and four more Salukis remain within a striking distance of 10 spots away from qualifying: DeAnna Price (shot put, 19th), Kyle Landon (high jump, 23rd), Curtis Wideman (weight throw, 23rd) and Kenya Culmer (high jump, 25th).