Diet crucial for cross-country

Outsiders often overlook a runner’s diet, but it is just as important to runners as practicing and training. The SIU cross-country team does not have a set diet it follows, but individual runners tend to follow their own diet anyway. Coach David ... Continue Reading →

Saluki runners reunite with former coach

Not all cross-country meets are special, but when the Salukis travel to Notre Dame this weekend, they will be reunited with their former coach. Former SIU head coach Matt Sparks spent 12 years coaching SIU before becoming the associate head coach at the ... 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 →
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 →

Track and field attempts to hit the ground running

The Salukis will host their first scored meet of 2014 this Friday and Saturday with one thrower already setting his sights on a national bid. Sophomore Josh Freeman said at the end of every track season the top throwers in the nation get invited to the ... Continue Reading →

SIU makes history after taking home two MVC championships

After long practices and intense workouts, the Saluki cross-country teams have shown that hard work pays off. Both men and women of the SIU cross-country teams were declared Missouri Valley Conference Champions Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa. The ... Continue Reading →

Cross Country takes lead in preseason poll

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams enter the 2013 season with high expectations from the coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference. In a Monday press release by the Missouri Valley Conference, the men’s team was picked to win the conference ... Continue Reading →

Salukis flounder in last-chance meet

The SIU track and field team continued its successful season with two event wins during the weekend’s last-chance meets, but members failed to qualify additional athletes for the NCAA Indoor National Championships. Last-chance meets are opportunities ... Continue Reading →

Dixon runs in NCAA National Championships

Junior cross-country runner Brian Dixon finished 143rd out of 245 runners in the 10K race this Saturday. The race culminated a successful season for Dixon, who scored top-10 finishes in all of his conference races this year. He has received Midwest All-Region ... Continue Reading →

Freshmen overachieve in distance running

Two freshmen ran with confidence and earned All-conference honors in the men’s cross-country team’s State Farm MVC Championship victory. Coach Matt Sparks said redshirt freshmen Juan Carrera and Oscar Medina, who finished ninth and 10th respectively, ... Continue Reading →

Sparks flies as MVC top coach

SIU’s cross-country team practices about six times a week, including a seven to 15 mile run each time — and so does Coach Matt Sparks. Sparks, who is in his 11th season with the Saluki distance track and field program, has led the men’s cross-country ... Continue Reading →

Cross-country men clinch MVC title

Women’s team takes third place in conference overall  While the Saluki women took third, the Saluki men’s cross-country team won its first Missouri Valley Conference title in four years at the State Farm MVC Cross-Country Championship Saturday in ... Continue Reading →

Runners sprint to another solid performance

The Saluki cross-country teams excelled at Friday’s Bradley Classic as the men’s team earned its third season win and the women took third place. Junior Zach Dahleen led the men as he notched his season-best time at 24 minutes and 20 seconds and took ... Continue Reading →

Runners finish strong amid problems

After slow starts Saturday, both Saluki cross-country teams rebounded to place in the top 10 at the Chicago Lakefront Invitational. SIU’s men finished second in another strong outing and lost only to Wisconsin by 11 points. Earning a time of 24 minutes ... Continue Reading →
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