Sophomore Josh Freeman
April 8, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in as many weeks sophomore thrower Josh Freeman has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week, the Valley announced Tuesday.
Only one week has passed since Freeman set the all-time Southern Illinois and Missouri Valley Conference outdoor shot put records at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic on March 29, and yet this past weekend those two records have fallen by Freeman's hand once again. The Fox River Grove, Ill., native shattered his one-week old records on a winning heave of 19.35m (63-06.00) -- which also registered as the EIU Big Blue Classic and O'Brien Field records (the latter of which was held by SIU throws coach John Smith). Freeman, who set the indoor SIU shot record in January, now owns three all-time shot put records between SIU and the MVC in less than two years at Southern. Nationally, his latest mark ranks sixth nationally and fourth in the NCAA West Region.
Next up for Freeman and Saluki Track and Field are the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., on April 11-12.