Salukis to compete at EIU Friday Night Special

    Senior Brian Cooper

    Senior Brian Cooper

    Feb. 20, 2014

    EIU Friday Night Special
     Date Friday, Feb. 21 | 2 p.m. CST
     Location Charleston, Ill. -- Lantz Fieldhouse
     Meet Info Meet Schedule
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     Rankings Men's National | Women's National | Missouri Valley
     Records SIU Record Book
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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Saluki track and field will hit the road this Friday for the Friday Night Special hosted by Eastern Illinois, one last tuneup before the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships on March 1-2.

    Southern will only send its throwers and pole vaulters to Charleston, in addition to a small handful of other student-athletes on the track.

    The field events will begin at 2 p.m. CST, and will be followed by the beginning of the running events at 3 p.m.

    WEEKLY NOTES

    LOZANO'S BIG DAY
    
 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.

    CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
    
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.

    NATIONAL UPDATE
    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).

    Men's National Rankings (Top-50):
    12. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 19.25m (63-02.00)
    23. Curtis Wideman - Weight Throw - 20.51m (67-03.50)
    23. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.17m (7-01.50)

    Men's MVC Event Rankings (Top-Three):
    1. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.17m (7-01.50)
    2. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 19.25m (63-02.00)
    2. Luke James - Triple Jump - 14.47m (47-05.75)
    2. Curtis Wideman - Weight Throw - 20.51m (67-03.50)
    3. Franklin Adams - Triple Jump - 14.27m (46-10.00)

    Women's National Rankings (Top-50):
    14. Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw - 20.82m (68-03.75)
    16. DeAnna Price - Weight Throw - 20.75m (68-01.00)
    19. DeAnna Price - Shot Put - 16.29m (53-05.50)
    25. Kenya Culmer - High Jump - 1.79m (5-10.50)
    29. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 15.94m (52-03.75)
    43. Alexus Scott - Shot Put - 15.62m (51-03.00)
    47. Ashley Gaston - Weight Throw - 19.38m (63-07.00)

    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. Sophia Lozano - Weight Throw - 20.82m (68-03.75)
    1. Mobola Rotibi - 800 meter run - 2:09.79 (converted)
    2. Krista Menghini - 3000 meter run - 9:43.41
    2. DeAnna Price - Shot Put - 16.29m (53-05.50)
    2. DeAnna Price - Weight Throw - 20.75m (68-01.00)
    3. Kenya Culmer - Triple Jump - 12.27m (40-03.25)
    3. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 15.94m (52-03.75)

     

     

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