ST, LOUIS – Senior thrower Ricky Hurley has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced Wednesday. It’s the fifth such honor in Hurley’s career.

At last weekend’s Rock Chalk Classic, Hurley took down both the SIU men’s outdoor hammer program record and MVC record on the first day of the meet by throwing for a mark of 68.33m (224′-2″), which placed the senior sixth against a field of throwers that included three who hold top-15 marks in the NCAA this season. The Fox River Grove, Ill., native has reset his personal best three times this season, with his latest PR sitting as the 11th-best qualifying mark in the NCAA West Region.

The Salukis are off from competition and are gearing up for the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, which will be held at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex in Carbondale on May 14-16. No spectators will be allowed inside the venue due to local health and safety guidelines.

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