Senior Sadie Darnell competes in the White 6K Race Saturday during the Indiana State University Pre-National Invitational at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Darnell took 40th place out of 214 with a time of 22:38.8. Darnell said she helps the freshmen, including her sister Claire, in developing to take over for the seniors on the team. The Salukis, who are the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champions, will defend the men’s and women’s titles at the MVC Championships Nov. 1 in Carbondale.
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

SIU cross-country, a family affair

Sports teams tend to act as family and this year, part of the women’s cross-country team actually is. Senior Sadie Darnell has been on the team since 2011. Last season, she led the team to its first conference title since 1992 and became an All-MVC ... Continue Reading →
Freshmen Jonathan Vara, front, and Josh Maier jog on Douglas Drive Wednesday in Carbondale during cross-country practice. Vara said there has been a learning curve going from high school three-mile runs to 8K races in college. The men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete in the Indiana State University Pre-National Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Freshman runner making an impact

On a team where more than a third of the players are seniors, a freshman is making an impact in the starting seven. Jonathan Vara is the only freshman on the men’s cross-country team who hasn’t been red-shirted. Instead, he is running in the top ... Continue Reading →

Cross-country star hopes to reach higher

The women’s cross-country team has already won one of its two events this year, and one runner in particular has been vital to its success. Senior Kelley Gallagher is the top Saluki runner this season. She won the Saluki Invitational and finished 40th ... Continue Reading →

Men finish third, women 16th at Notre Dame Invitational

The Saluki cross-country team swept its opening meet last month, but couldn’t find the same success at the Notre Dame Invitational. Senior Michael Castel led the men’s team to a third-place finish. Castel ran a time of 24:02.5, more than 30 seconds ... Continue Reading →

Herrin girls continue cross-country success

The Herrin High School girls’ cross-country team is ready to run all the way to Detweiller Park in Peoria this fall. Juniors Kara Martin and Maura Farrell led Herrin to the Illinois High School Association State Finals in Peoria as sophomores last year. ... Continue Reading →

SIU Invitational winner aims for conference

Junior Oscar Medina captured his first individual win Saturday while leading the Salukis to a first-place finish. Despite previous honors, Medina was missing a win which he achieved at the annual Saluki Invitational men’s 8K with a time of 24:25.7; ... Continue Reading →

Cross-Country team conquers championship course

Cross-country officially began its season with men’s and women’s victories. On Saturday morning, the women’s team began the meet with a 5K on their home course, the same course the Missouri Valley Conference Championships will be on November 1. Junior ... Continue Reading →

Cross-country prepares for Saluki Invitational

The defending Missouri Valley Conference Champions will host their last home meet before the championship is held in November. On Sept. 20, SIU’s cross-country team will have its annual Saluki Invitational. The meet will feature the MVC Championship ... Continue Reading →

Saluki finds her fit in cross country

One Saluki athlete came to SIU for volleyball, but will finish her career as a cross-country runner. Senior Krista Menghini participated in cross-country, track and volleyball in high school, but decided to come to the university on a volleyball scholarship. “Once ... Continue Reading →

New coach brings new start for XC

The 2014 SIU men and women’s cross country teams face a major change to their program. Coach Matt Sparks has taken a coaching position at the University of Notre Dame after winning two Missouri Conference Championships in two years while coaching the ... Continue Reading →

Sprinters schedule walk-on tryouts

SIU’s new sprints coach had less than a month to recruit after being hired, so he’s hoping to find talent already on campus by holding tryouts. Coach Connie Price-Smith announced the hiring of sprints coach Anthony Acklin on July 28. The Salukis scheduled ... Continue Reading →

Sprinters schedule walk-on tryouts

SIU’s new sprints coach had less than a month to recruit after being hired, so he’s hoping to find talent already on campus by holding tryouts. Coach Connie Price-Smith announced the hiring of sprints coach Anthony Acklin on July 28. The Salukis scheduled ... Continue Reading →
Freshman Kyle Landon clears 2.16m during the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships May 17 at Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex in Carbondale. Landon
is one of five Salukis to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.

Salukis prepare for nationals

As the hot summer begins, five SIU track members are still practicing for the national championship in Eugene, Ore., and hope to bring home the gold. Throwers Josh Freeman, Curtis Wideman, Ashley Gaston and Alexus Scott, along with jumper Kyle Landon, ... Continue Reading →

Ten fresh vaulters bring better outlook

The SIU pole vault team has incorporated 10 first-year vaulters with less than a handful of upperclassmen into next season’s group of 13.  This is the largest number of new members in years. By meshing new college athletes with more experienced ones, ... Continue Reading →
Freshman jumper Kyle Landon practices the high jump Monday at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex. Landon took second place with a jump of 2.17 meters during the weekend at Arkansas State Universities Red Wolf Open in Jonesboro, Ark.

Jumpers create a dominant dynamic duo

Two dominant Salukis have jumped into SIU record books. First year college athlete Kyle Landon, and Kenya Culmer, who is in her last season, have led the track and field jumpers this season. Culmer imprinted her name in the SIU record books and has progressed ... Continue Reading →
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