Shauniece O’Neal competes at NCAA Nationals

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Monica Sharma | @mscli_cks

Matisen Ingle winds up during hammer throw on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the SIU Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex in Carbondale, Ill.

Shauniece O’Neal, the lone Saluki to compete at the 2023 NCAA Indoor National Championship, finished in 11th place in the women’s weight throw.

O’Neal’s top throw of the day, a toss of 21.27 meters [69.78 feet] helped her earn a top 12 finish at nationals.

The meet, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, marked O’Neal’s second trip to nationals.

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Richard Jones, the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, said via siusalukis.com, “Shauniece will leave SIU as one of our top throwers and continues the legacy set in place years ago. In her final season as a Saluki, I’m happy that she made it to nationals and can cap off a great career here.”

O’Neal’s nationals trip capped off a highly successful indoor season; she was named the MVC’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the MVC Championship after winning the MVC championship in the women’s weight throw.

Both of these awards were for the second consecutive year. O’Neal was also named a Second-Team All-American, earning the second All-American bid of her career.

O’Neal will close out her Saluki throwing career in this spring’s outdoor season, which kicks off on March 17-18 at the USF Bull Invite.

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