Throwers shine in Indiana Relays

By Dillon Gilliland, Sports Reporter

The SIU track and field team, with the exception of sprinters and hurdlers, competed in Indiana Relays hosted by Indiana State on Jan. 26-27.

In the meet, the Salukis continued to show that they can compete for top spots in all competitions.

Senior Jared Kern was the star of the opening day of the events as he took first place in the shot put for the second time this season. Kern’s throw of 62′-11.25″proved to be a season-best.


Junior teammate Adam Kessler took second in the event with a personal best toss of 61′-3.5″, that tied for seventh on SIU’s all-time list.

Two more Saluki throwers — junior Ricky Hurley and freshman Sam Sikon — placed in the top-five of the shot put. Hurley took fourth as he tied his career-best best throw of 59′-5.75″. Sikon placed fifth with a personal-best toss of 57′-4.75″.

In the high jump, freshman Tamar Mosby and junior Justine Paton tied for third as both cleared 5′-3.75″. The jump was Mosby’s season-best.

On day two of the event, senior Isaac Ingram stole the show and won the weight throw for the fourth straight time this season with a personal best throw of 71′-7.5″. That distance ranked as the seventh-best toss in the nation and the third-best toss in SIU history.

Hurley threw a lifetime best 62′-1.75″ for a fifth-place finish.

In the women’s weight throw, sophomore Alexis Roberson took third with a distance of 62′-10.75″.

Sophomore Marcellus Fletcher finished second in the triple jump with a height of 47′-6.5″, his second-best mark of the season.


Senior Ashanna Hodge finished fourth in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 37′-10.75″.

Up next, the Salukis will return home to the Recreation Center to host the Don DeNoon Invitational. The two-day event will begin on February 2.

Sports reporter Dillon Gilliland can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DillonGilliland.

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