Landon setting the bar high as SIU freshman

BUCKY DENT • THE SOUTHERN

BUCKY DENT • THE SOUTHERN

If Kyle Landon has his way, his 2016 summer vacation will be one for the ages.

The SIU freshman high jumper has high hopes, largely because he’s learned to soar high over bars. In winning nine of 11 meets this spring, including last weekend’s Kansas Relays, Landon has set a personal best at 7-2 1/2 and nearly cleared 7-3 1/4.

With those accomplishments fresh in his mind, the Chester product has set his bar even higher: Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“It would be great, not only for me and my family, but the community,” Landon said before practice earlier in the week. “Southern Illinois has always had tons of high jumpers. Seems like every day, you look back and there’s always a high jumper from southern Illinois.”

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