Track and field wins three events at Gladstein Invitational

Track and field wins three events at Gladstein Invitational

By Brent Meske, @brentmeskeDE

SIU’s track and field team came away with three event wins in the team’s second meet away from home this season.

Senior shot putter Josh Freeman, junior high jumper Kyle Landon and sophomore runner Lucas Horton each won an event at the Indiana University meet.

Freeman won the shot put for the third time in as many events this season. His throw of 18.84 meters won the event, but two of his other throws, 18.16 on his first attempt and 18.66 on his fourth, would have also won the event.


The Dawgs finished Friday with nine top-five finishes in ten events including senior pole vaulter Jonathan Walsh’s second-place finish in the event with a vault of 4.91 meters, while junior Chad Weaver had the same height — a new season-best — but finished fourth.

Landon and Horton won the high jump and 600-meter race, respectively, on Saturday.

The win was Landon’s second in a row as he jumped 2.20 meters. Horton ran a personal-best of 1:20.66 to win his race.

Senior Bradley Sauer and sophomore Isaac Ingram finished second and third in the weight throw with distances of 21.06 and 19.53 meters each.

In women’s shot put, Alexus Scott finished second with a throw of 15.87 meters after finishing third in the weight throw Saturday.

The Salukis also had runner-up finishes from sophomore Denis O’Callaghan and freshman Warren Hazel in the 800- and 200-meter races.

O’Callaghan lost to Indiana freshman Adam Wallace by one-hundredth of a second as the Saluki set a personal record of 1:55.49. Hazel finished .16 seconds behind senior Jerome Henderson from Tennessee State, posting a time a 22.41 in his second collegiate meet.


The SIU women’s 4×400 relay team, composed of juniors Ashanna Hodge and Chrissa Harris and sophomores Victoria Archie and Alicia Reed, finished third with a time of 3:48.69. They beat the relay teams from conference rivals Indiana State and Loyola.

The Salukis’ next meet begins Friday in Nashville, Tenn., at the Vanderbilt Invitational.

Brent Meske can be reached at [email protected] or at 536-3333