Women’s track team places third, Men’s team 6th, in Missouri Valley Conference Championship

By Cole Daily, Staff Reporter

The Salukis traveled to Chicago to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship from Feb. 27-28.

The women’s team totaled 103 team points, which was good enough for third in the competition. The Indiana State Sycamores took home first place with 132 points, with the Illinois State Redbirds trailing close behind with 117.

The Dawgs’ women’s weight throw team was dominant during the competition, as they swept the podium. SIU held five of the top six spots.


Performances from senior Shauniece O’Neal, senior Elisia Lancaster and junior Matisen Ingle helped the women’s team reach their heights. O’Neal placed first with a 23.11 m throw (this is her second straight year winning the event), Lancaster placed second with 21.1 m and Ingle rounded it out with 20.5 m.

O’Neal won her second consecutive MVC’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete this season. This is the eighth straight year an SIU athlete has won the award.

The women’s shot put team also swept the podium with senior A’veun Moore-Jones, junior Bri’Yanna Robinson and senior Kayleigh Conlon (placed in order).

Senior runner Kayla Schiera set a new record during the women’s 5000 m. She finished with a time of 16:37.32, which beat the previous record by 11 seconds.

Freshman runner Iuania Pointer won the women’s 200 m with a time of 23.60, which was another SIU school record.

For the men’s team, junior Dawson Plab and senior Trevor Thompson shared the podium for third place in the men’s high jump. Both players cleared 6’8”.

The men’s 4×400 relay placed second with a team consisting of senior Omar Rodgers, sophomore Darrione Williams, junior Ja’Den Johnson, and senior Corey Sherrod. The time for their relay was 3:14.94.


SIU will compete in the NCAA National Championships on March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sports Reporter Cole Daily can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at cdaily_de

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