Freshman thrower Raven Saunders practices the weight throw Monday during track and field practice at the Recreation Center. Saunders, who was named the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on June 25, said she chose SIU for its throwing program and how the coaching betters its athletes. The track and field team will compete in its first meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Saluki Fast Start in the Recreation Center. –Lewis Marien

Throws team ready to show off freshman

The SIU women’s throws team added the best shot putter in America in the spring, according to, a website dedicated to track and field statistics. Freshman Raven Saunders became the best high school American and third-best world shot putter ... Continue Reading →
Freshman Kyle Landon competes in the long jump during day one of the Bill Cornell Spring Classic Friday at the Lew
Hartzog Track and Field Complex. Landon earned third place in the event with a personal best of 6.95 meters, as well as
first place in the high jump in which he set a record with a clearance of 2.09 meters. The men’s track and field team took
first place overall at the meet.

Saluki track and field hits ground running

Outdoor track and field doesn’t always mean warm weather and ideal conditions to compete, but this didn’t stop one Saluki from having a record-breaking performance. The Salukis hosted their first outdoor track and field meet of the season during ... Continue Reading →

Nation’s top shot putter chooses SIU

The Saluki track and field team has signed the number one shot putter in the country for its 2014-2015 season. Three-time state champion Raven Saunders is one of SIU’s highest recruits.  The high school athlete out of Charleston, S.C., holds the national ... Continue Reading →

Track, field represent SIU at nationals

Three Salukis fought hard enough to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. Junior thrower Sophia Lozano, sophomore thrower Josh Freeman and senior high jumper Kenya Culmer were the most track and field athletes ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore thrower Josh Freeman broke the SIU indoor shot put record
held for 30 years by his throwing coach John Smith Jan. 25 at the Notre
Dame Invitational. Freeman is ranked 12th nationally and second in the
Missouri Valley Conference for shot put. Freeman also qualified for the
Pan-Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Columbia in 2013
and said confidence played a key role. ”When you spend three months
out of the year training for something, you kind of have to go in with that
confidence,” he said.

Gold medalist shows weight is no obstacle

My ability to throw a baseball is equivalent to Josh Freeman’s ability to throw a 16-pound shot put. I challenged Freeman to a best of three throws shot put competition. In high school, Freeman was a two-time United States of America Track and Field ... Continue Reading →
Junior thrower Sophie
Lozano is balancing
her season with her
semester course load
in preparation for
the Missouri Valley
Conference Indoor
Championships this
weekend in Cedar Falls,
Iowa. Lozano majors in
mathematics and hopes
to be an actuary upon
graduation. She said she
loves numbers so much
she once came up with
26 reasons why 26 is her
favorite number.

Lefty Lozano launches into record books

“Knock Knock.” “Who’s there?” “Second place.” “Second place who?” For junior thrower Sophia Lozano, it was second place no more after a teammate riled her with the humorous yet encouraging joke. Lozano, who at a point in her career ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore thrower Josh Freeman prepares to throw the shot put Jan. 11 during the Saluki
Open at the Recreation Center. Freeman broke a 30-year indoor shot put record held by
Saluki throws coach John Smith Saturday during the Notre Dame Invitational with a throw
of 19.25m. Overall the Salukis finished in third place at the invitational taking six titles.
Saluki track and field competes Friday Jan. 31 for the Indiana relays in Bloomington, Ind.

Freeman breaks 30-year shot put record

When sophomore thrower Josh Freeman broke the indoor shot put record Saturday just as his throwing coach John Smith did 30 years ago, they each had one special person in the crowd. It was pure coincidence that Freeman’s father and Smith’s father witnessed ... Continue Reading →
Junior Lauren Cheadle (right) closes in on the finish line Saturday during the 60-meter dash at the
Saluki Open meet in the Recreation Center. Cheadle set a new personal record with a time of 7.63
seconds, the seventh-best time for the event in SIU history. Overall the Salukis captured 14 titles
in the two-day event. The Salukis travel to Lexington, Ky., Friday for the University of Kentucky

Salukis dominate first home meet of 2014

The men’s and women’s track and field teams started the 2014 season with a bang, but some event winners were not ecstatic about their individual performances. Coach Connie Price-Smith was pleased overall with the results of the team after its month-long ... Continue Reading →

Saluki thrower wins gold in Russia

A former SIU thrower added a gold medal to her trophy case this summer after winning the hammer throw at the World University Games in Russia. Jeneva McCall, of Dolton, won the July 10 event with a throw of 73.75 meters, beating perennial Russian power ... Continue Reading →

Smith’s methods prove technique, hard work breeds champions

  For years, the track and field world has questioned coach John Smith’s recruiting techniques and how he trains and strengthens his athletes. But with more than 50 conference champions, more than 30 All-Americans and five NCAA champions in his ... Continue Reading →

Lambert on a throwing roll

    Saluki throws coach John Smith said he describes senior thrower J.C. Lambert in two words: old school. “He could have been on my team,” he said. “There are only three or four athletes out here that could have thrown with us in ... Continue Reading →

Former Saluki thrower shocks the world

With a throw — One of SIU’s own has cemented herself as one of the greatest women’s track and field athletes to ever pick up a weight. Southern Illinois alum Gwen Berry won the women’s weight throw competition at the 2013 USA Indoor Track and ... Continue Reading →

Salukis win huge at Big Meet

SIU’s track and field teams added yet another solid performance to their indoor resume as they claimed six events during the weekend’s Grand Valley State Big Meet in Michigan. Both senior distance runner Zach Dahleen and junior jumper Dougie Palacious ... Continue Reading →

Freshman thrower qualifies for World Jr. team

Freshman thrower DeAnna Price qualified for a spot on the IAAF World Junior team and the chance to compete in Barcelona, Spain against other top throwers in the world July 10-15. Price qualified in hammer with a throw of 202-10 Saturday during the U.S. ... Continue Reading →

McCall wins title in hammer throw, women’s team places 14th overall

Senior thrower Jeneva McCall became the national champion in the hammer throw as the SIU women’s track and field team placed 14th overall, the second-best finish in school history at the NCAA outdoor championship. The Salukis had seven athletes compete ... Continue Reading →
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