Simpson Opens Season with School Record
Jan. 12, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin track and field teams opened the indoor season on Saturday in Houston, and one Ladyjack did not hesitate to start her year with a record-breaking performance.
Brarysheyia Simpson ran in a special invitational competition at the Houston Indoor Opener against a number of post-collegiate professional runners and came away with a school record. Simpson ran 7.48 seconds in the preliminary heat of the 60 meters special invite. She broke her own previous school record of 7.54 seconds set last year.
Simpson went on to finish went on to finish fourth in the invitational final at 7.50 seconds and was the top finishing collegiate in the race. Also running in the special invite as collegians were Houston’s Kiersten Brewer and Texas State’s Marika Brown.
In all the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks combined to post 11 top three finishes at the Houston Indoor Open on Saturday. It marked the first meet for the entire SFA team as the men’s pole vaulters competed last week at the Arkon Pole Vault Convention to start their campaign.
Head Coach Phil Olson was more than pleased with Simpson’s impressive runs to start the season. He also was happy with how his team competed throughout the Houston Indoor Opener.
“This was a very good start to our season in many ways. Our short sprinters were outstanding, and we had some good performances in all event areas,” Olson said. “What was most fun was seeing our freshmen in action for the first time. I’m very pleased with our poise, focus and competitive effort.”
Trevon Caudle shined for the men as he took second place in the 60 meters and backed that up with a third-place finish in the 200. He clocked in at 6.84 seconds in the 60 and finished in 22.87 seconds to start his year in the 200. His time in the 60 was a new personal best. Jared Love also ran strong for the men’s team finishing third in the 60 meters at 6.88 seconds.
The sprints were a strong event area for both squads as Chasity Clark opened her season with a second-place mark in the 60 meters, clocking in at 7.69 seconds. Chelsi Gill ran fast in the 200 meters to take second in 25.71 seconds. She also ran 7.68 in the 60 meters prelims and later advanced to the final in the event but did not run in the final heat of that event.
In the 4x400 relay, the men’s and women’s teams came away with good times to open the season with the men taking second in 3:22.98. The women’s sprinters combined to run 3:54.76 and finish third.
The strong performances were not limited to just the running events. SFA took three top three finishes and had a few more finish in fourth place to open the year.
Jessica Spelling had a toss of 13.70 meters (44-11.50) in the women’s shot put to finish in third.
On the men’s side, Trey Darty leapt 7.07 meters (23-2.50) in the long jump to post the top men’s finish in the field events in second place.
Freshman pole vaulter Daven Murphree took third in his second collegiate competition and cleared 4.90 meters (16-00.75).
The Jacks will be back in action on Friday when they head to the Texas A&M Invitational. SFA will take on a number of regional schools at the meet and it will be a team scored meet.
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