The final competition of the indoor season is upon the Southern Illinois University track and field program this weekend as three individuals will travel to College Station, Texas to compete in the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 10-11. Warren Hazel (400m dash), Jared Kern (shot put), and Kyle Landon (high jump) will all represent the SIU men at the national competition.
Kern broke SIU alum John Smith's 34-year old meet record to win his first MVC shot put title on Feb. 23. He spent two weeks at No. 1 after he broke the school indoor record with a heave of 67'-2" (20.47m) at the Music City Challenge on Feb 10, but Mostafa Hassan of Colorado State surpassed Kern two weeks later when he threw 69'-10.75" (21.30m) at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 23.
Landon tied the MVC Indoor Championship meet record with his winning clearance of 7'-4.5" (2.25m) en route to claiming his seventh MVC title. The four-time All-American scored 26 points and earned Co-Most Valuable Athlete at the conference meet. This marks the third-straight indoor season that Landon has qualified for the national meet in the high jump. Landon is one of five returning All-Americans that make up this year's field, which includes the reigning NCAA indoor champion, Trey Culver of Texas Tech.
Hazel will try to become the first Saluki to advance to the 400m finals since Franks did so in '85. The Old Road, St. Kitts native finished second in the 400m and third in the 200m at the MVC Indoor Championships, and clocked his fastest time of the season, 46.26, at the Music City Challenge, hosted by Vanderbilt University, on Feb. 10.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 10 starting at 6:25 p.m. ET and March 11 starting at 4:55 p.m. ET. A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 12 starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.