The Salukis concluded the 50th running of the Tennessee Relays with two more top-10 school marks on a day that showcased relay events, with the Saluki women's 4x100 relay team breaking the school record for the second time this season, while the SIU men's 4x400 relay posted the fourth-best time in school history.
All told, SIU racked up four wins and six top-10 school marks at the three-day event.
Kyle Landon won the high jump for the 39th time in his Saluki career, as he cleared 7'-1.50" (2.17m) on his first attempt at the height. The Chester native then ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay along with Jaylen Galloway, Ryan Mayberry and Warren Hazel. The quartet finished third with a time of 3:08.02, which was the fourth-fastest mark in school history and the fastest time by a Saluki foursome since 2008.
The Saluki women's 4x100 relay team of Mystique Thompson, Tyjuana Eason, Shafiqua Maloney and Bri'Anna Branch broke their own school record in the event, as they finished fifth in a time of 45.52. Their mark Saturday was .01 faster than their previous-best time. Not only is it the fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, but it is the 39th-best mark in the NCAA west region.
The Saluki women's 1600m sprint medley relay team of Eason, Thompson, Maloney, and Luca-Anna Palasti nearly broke another school record, as they finished second in a field of three teams with a time of 3:55.66. The school record in the event is 3:54.99, set in 2003.
Kyle Kling capped off a solid weekend in the circle in which he set personal-bests in both the discus and the shot put. Kling took seventh in the shot Friday night with a toss of 57'-4.75" (17.49m). The Machesney Park native is now ranked second in the Valley to teammate Jared Kern. Kling followed by setting a personal-best in the discus with a toss of 167'-8" (51.10m), which is the third-best mark in the Valley.
Kling was the latest in what was a solid weekend in the circle for the Saluki throwers. Freya Block got things started for SIU with a runner-up finish in the women's hammer Thursday night after she threw 199'-09" (60.89m). Kern followed with the fourth-longest throw in the NCAA and the second-longest outdoor shot put toss in school history while volunteer coach Josh Freeman, who won the event, took home the Tony Wilson Men's Field Most Outstanding Athlete of the meet honors for his efforts.
Madison Meyer and Kilee Hagerstrand finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the heptathlon. Meyer set a PR in the 800m and took third in the 200m, while Hagerstrand set a season-best in the high jump and the shot put. Meyer finished with 4621 points while Hagerstrand tallied 4601.
The Salukis are back in action April 14-15 at the OVC vs. MVC meet hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana.