Salukis head to the Volunteer State for the Tennessee Sea Ray Relays

    Freshman Kyle Landon

    Freshman Kyle Landon

    April 9, 2014

    Sea Ray Relays
     Dates April 10-12
     Location Knoxville, Tenn. -- LaPorte Stadium (Tom Black Track)
     Meet Info Meet Schedule | Heat Sheets
     Live Results Live Results
     Live Video Tennessee All-Access (Saluki All-Access login is accepted)
     Rankings Men's National | Women's National
    NCAA West RegionMissouri Valley
     Performance Lists SIU Men | SIU Women
     MVC Weekly Notebook April 8, 2014
     Records SIU Record Book
     Media Guide Media Guide
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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --
    Saluki track and field is set to compete at the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee from April 10-12, beginning with the women's hammer throw on Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT.

    SIU will be one of 46 total schools and one of 17 Division I teams at the meet, which will not be scored and will include unattached post-collegiate athletes and high school teams alike for the first time in meet history. Former Salukis Gwen Berry and J.C. Lambert will be part of the post-collegiate crew in Knoxville this weekend, as both will compete in the hammer throw on Thursday.

    One national top-25 team will be in competition: host school Tennessee, which boasts the No. 18 men's squad in the country. Illinois State will join SIU in representing the Missouri Valley Conference, the third straight meet the two schools will compete against each other this outdoor season.

    Both the Saluki men and women finished third last weekend at the EIU Big Blue Classic, which saw yet another record breaking performance from sophomore Josh Freeman. The Fox River Grove, Ill., native broke the all-time SIU and MVC outdoor shot put records for the second straight week with his winning throw of 19.35m (63-06.00). In less than two years at Southern, Freeman now owns three all-time shot put records between SIU and the Valley (SIU indoor and outdoor, MVC all-time outdoor).

    Freshman high jumper Kyle Landon also etched his name into the SIU outdoor records books. The Chester, Ill., native won the high jump with a personal best clearance of 2.19m (7-02.25), which ranks as the fifth-best height in Saluki history outdoors. Landon also got up to fifth all-time indoors at 2.17m (7-01.50), and his latest jump breaks his high school PR of 2.18m (7-02.00).

    Nationally, SIU has four student-athletes ranked in the top-50 in their events. That number includes Freeman (sixth) and Landon (ninth), who each rank in the top-10 in their marquee events. Regionally, Southern has 13 student-athletes ranked in the top-48 that would qualify for the NCAA West Regionals if the outdoor season were to end today. In addition to Freeman (fourth) and Landon (sixth) in the shot put and high jump, junior thrower Curtis Wideman also ranks in the top-10 regionally in the hammer throw at 10th (63.83m/209-05) -- which is also currently the 23rd-best throw in the nation.

    SIU will only participate in the men's and women's hammer on Thursday (starting at 3 p.m. with the women), but on Friday competition begins for Southern at 12:10 p.m. with the women's 100 meter dash. Live results are available HERE and a live stream is available on Tennessee All-Access, which accepts Saluki All-Access logins.

    Participating Schools
    Arkansas State
    Ashland
    Bellarmine
    Belmont
    Bryan
    Campbellsville
    Carson Newman
    Central Arkansas
    Citadel
    Clayton State
    Concord
    Connecticut
    Cumberlands
    Dalton State
    Eastern Kentucky
    Eastern Michigan
    Eastern Tennessee State
    Findlay
    Illinois State
    Indianapolis
    Jacksonville State
    Kent State
    King
    Lee
    Lipscomb
    Marietta
    Michigan State
    Milligan
    Morehead State
    Middle Tennessee State
    Northern Kentucky
    Olivet
    Olivet Nazarene
    Pittsburgh
    Roanoke
    Southeast Missouri
    Southern Illinois
    Shawnee State
    Shorter
    Tennessee (No. 18 men's team)
    Tennessee Wesleyan
    Tiffin
    UAB
    Vanderbilt
    Wayne State
    Youngstown State

    MVC Weekly Notes

    DON'T STOP ME NOW

    Sophomore Josh Freeman is off to an incredible start to the outdoor season through only two meets. 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.

    LANDON ON THE ALL-TIME LIST
    Freshman high jumper Kyle Landon didn't take long to leap his way onto SIU's all-time outdoor list, jumping up to fifth all-time in just his second outdoor meet at SIU. Landon won the high jump at the EIU Big Blue Classic with a winning clearance of 2.19m (7-02.25), which registers as the best mark indoors or outdoors since 1996 (Neophytos Kalogerou, 7-03.00). Landon also finished the indoor season fifth all-time at SIU, and outdoors he currently ranks ninth in the nation and sixth in the NCAA West Region.

    NATIONAL UPDATE
    Currently, SIU has four student-athletes ranked in the top-50 nationally -- including two underclassmen in the top-10. Sophomore Josh Freeman ranks sixth in the shot put and freshman Kyle Landon ranks ninth in the high jump. Regionally, Southern has 13 student-athletes ranked in the top-48 that would qualify for the NCAA West Regionals if the season were to end today.

    Men's National Rankings (Top-50)
    6. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 19.35m (63-06.00)
    9. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.19m (7-02.25)
    23. Curtis Wideman - Hammer Throw - 63.83m (209-05)

    Women's National Rankings (Top-50)

    46. Ashley Gaston - Discus - 49.80m (163-05)

    Men's Regional Rankings -- NCAA West Region (Top-48)

    4. Josh Freeman - Shot Put - 19.35m (63-06.00)
    6. Kyle Landon - High Jump - 2.19m (7-02.25)
    10. Curtis Wideman - Hammer Throw - 63.83m (209-05)
    31. Curtis Wideman - Discus - 53.15m (174-04)
    33. Kemar Jones - 110 Meter Hurdles - 14.27
    35. Franklin Adams - Long Jump - 7.27m (23-10.25)
    41. Matthew Benes - 110 Meter Hurdles - 14.40
    42. Luke James - Triple Jump - 14.47m (47-05.75)

    Women's Regional Rankings -- NCAA West Region (Top-48)

    26. Ashley Gaston - Shot Put - 14.94m (49-00.25)
    29. Ashley Gaston - Discus - 49.80m (163-05)
    31. Alexus Scott - Shot Put -14.85m (48-08.75)
    37. Sophia Lozano - Hammer Throw - 56.20m (184-04)
    45. Erin Scott - Shot Put - 14.48m (47-06.25)


     

     

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