SIU track and field shines at Don DeNoon Invitational


By Ted Ward, @TedWard_DE

With eight first-place finishes on Day Two, SIU track and field men and woman took first place at the Don DeNoon Invitational on Saturday.

On Friday, the Salukis won four events including both women and men’s pole vault, and women and men’s shot put.

On the men’s side in the field events Saturday, SIU took the top-two spots in the shot put. Senior Josh Freeman won the event with a 19.37-meter throw followed by junior Adam Clay with a 15.09-meter throw.


Junior Kyle Landon finished first in the high jump with a 2.25-meter jump beating Central Arkansas sophomore Eric Moore by .6 meters.

The men’s pole vaulters also had another big day as they took the top four spots again with senior Jon Walsh and junior Nathan Schuck tying for first with a 5.19-meter vault.

In the triple jump on the women’s side, sophomores Kezia Martin and Dahmone Buford finished first and second with Martin finishing with a 12.40-meter jump.

On the track, the Salukis 4×400 women’s relay team of juniors Ashanna Hodge and Chrissa Harris and sophomores Victoria Archie and Alicia Reed finished first with a time of 3:53.75 in the finals.

Individually, senior Kemar Jones won the men’s 200-meter dash, freshman Warren Hazel finished first in the men’s 400-meter and senior Tyrone Echols won the men’s 60-meter dash. On the women’s side, sophomore Mystique Thompson won the women’s 60-meter dash and junior Chrissa Harris won the women’s 400 meter.

The Salukis will be back in action at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 12.

Ted Ward can be reached at [email protected] or 618-534-3303