Southern Illinois’ Landon Shoots for High Jump Title and then SIU T&F Ops Position |

CARBONDALE — For one more day, SIU senior Kyle Landon gets to be one of the best collegiate high jumpers in the nation.

A five-time All-American and the first eight-time Missouri Valley Conference men’s high jump champion, Landon has one more shot at the elusive NCAA title that has eluded him so long. The Chester native cleared the same height at the indoor championships as the NCAA champ, Trey Culver of Texas Tech, but had more misses and finished second.

He finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016, but couldn’t represent Team USA in Rio because he didn’t clear the Olympic standard. Almost a year to the day, Landon, 22, is back at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for a lasting impact of his Saluki Hall of Fame-caliber collegiate career.

“Trying to figure out what’s next in life is stressful,” said Landon, a talented athlete who has also won the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award two times. “Four years went by fast, but as of now, I plan on taking the GA position as the director of operations with the track team next year, and kind of pursue my MBA, and live that student-athlete lifestyle a little longer.

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