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Nine current and former Southern Illinois University athletes will compete at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships and the USA Track & Field Junior Championships this week in Sacramento, California with spots on the national team up for grabs.

Current Saluki seniors Kyle Landon (high jump) and Freya Block (hammer throw), as well as junior Jared Kern (shot put) will compete at the USTAF Championships, beginning Today.

Athletes who finish in the top three of their event, and have met the qualifying standard, will earn a spot on Team USA for the International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships Aug. 4-13 in London.

Landon is tied for the fourth-best clearance among entries in the men's high jump, while Kern will enter competition Sunday with the 10th-best mark in the shot put. Block, meanwhile, enters with a No. 14 ranking in the women's hammer throw.

SIU alums who will participate in the USATF Outdoor Championships this weekend include DeAnna Price (hammer throw), Josh Freeman (shot put), Gwen Berry (hammer throw), Alex Morgan (discus) and Jeneva Stevens (hammer throw, shot put).

Berry owns the top hammer throw by an American this year, throwing 250-10 in early May. She enters the weekend ranked second in the world. She is followed closely by Price, who ranks second in the U.S. and sixth in the world in the hammer. Price, a 2016 Olympian, took second in the event at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships.

Stevens finished fourth in the hammer at the 2015 USATF Championships, but punched her ticket to that year's IAAF Championships with a third place finish in the shot put.

-- Saluki Media Services

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