WICHITA, Kan. - Kyle Landon won his record-breaking eighth Missouri Valley Conference high jump title and the Salukis pushed seven through to Sunday's finals of the 2017 MVC Outdoor Championships at Wichita State on Saturday.
Landon won the high jump with relative ease. He entered the field with the bar set at 6-9, and had three-straight first attempt clearances. He clinched his record eighth MVC high jump title with his clearance of 7-0.5 and later cleared 7-2.5 on his final attempt at the height.
In doing so, the Chester native broke a tie with Indiana State's Major Clay (2009-12) for the most high jump titles in Valley history.
The five-time All-American wasn't done, as he was the runner-up in a highly-contested long jump competition. Landon jumped 24-11.75 on his third attempt to take the lead and advance to the finals. He was joined in the finals by Franklin Adams and Fraquan Gaines, who both recorded season-best jumps to advance.
Landon led the competition until the final round, as Wichita State's Hunter Veith, who edged out Landon to win the MVC Indoor long jump crown, repeated that feat. Veith jumped 25-00 on his sixth, and final, attempt to win the event. For Landon, it marked his 13th All-MVC finish.
The Salukis scored key team points in several events Saturday.
Austin Weigle, who came into the high jump ranked seventh in the MVC, took fifth and scored four team points with a clearance of 6-8.75 while Matthew Bigelow placed eighth in the decathlon with 5933 points.
The Saluki men added nine points in the shot put, as four Salukis advanced to the finals and three placed in the top-eight. Jared Kern was SIU's top finisher, as he advanced to the final with his first throw of 56-9.25, but was unable to move up and placed fifth. Ricky Hurley finished sixth with a personal-best toss of 56-4.75, while Kyle Kling took seventh at 56-1.75.
The Saluki women had a pair of heptathletes place in the top-eight, as both Madison Meyer and Kilee Hagerstrand scored at their first MVC Outdoor Championships. Meyer finished sixth with 5003 points, while Hagerstrand was right behind her in seventh with 4850 points.
Nikki Freeman threw the shot put a personal-best 45-00.25 to take eighth and score her first point at a MVC Championship meet.
Warren Hazel, the reigning MVC Outdoor 400 meter champion, ran the fastest 400 qualifying time at 47.34.
Shafiqua Maloney posted the top 400m prelim time of 54.58. She will be joined in Sunday's final by Alicia Reed, who ran a personal-best 55.97.
In the 800 meters, Lucas Horton won his heat with the second-fastest qualifying time. The Harrisburg product finished in 1:52.15, which trailed only Loyola's Jake Mazanke, who ran 1:51.84.
Three Salukis advanced in the women's 100 meters, led by Bri'Anna Branch, who ran 11.51 to post the fourth-best time of the prelims. Tyjuana Eason was next at 11.54, while Mystique Thompson ran 11.68 to finish second in her heat.
Thompson ran the first sub-24 200 meter dash of her career in Saturday's run-off against Missouri State's Asha Cavel. Not only was it a personal-best for Thompson, but it moves her from seventh to fifth on SIU's all-time 200 meter list