SFA Sweeps A&M 12-Team Invitational
Jan. 17, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two meets down for Stephen F. Austin sprinter Brarsheyia Simpson and two school records in the books. After breaking her own school record in the 60 meters last week to open her season, Simpson shattered her record in the 200 meters on Friday to win the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational.
Simpson crossed the finish line in 24.11 seconds, leaving her old record of 24.47 way behind. The win also gave the Ladyjacks 10 points toward the team scoring total as the meet first team scored meet of the season for SFA.
The women’s team ran away with the victory scoring a total of 130 points while the men also claimed victory but in a much closer battle with rival Sam Houston State. The Lumberjacks scored 105 points to hold off the Bearkats by only two points. Sam Houston State’s women also finished second with 108 points.
SFA was up against a number of regional teams, including many from the Southland Conference, so the meet gave head coach Phil Olson an early opportunity in the season to see how his teams may stack up against their conference foes come championship season.
One other Ladyjack performed well for SFA on Friday as she tallied 20 points by her self winning two events. La’Tricia Griffin wsa the top thrower of the meet as she won the shot put by nearly eight inches and held off a thrower from Houston Baptist in the weight throw to claim victory there as well. Jessica Spelling also was strong for SFA in the shot put, finishing in second place to earn eight points toward the team scoring.
SFA’s women scored 52 of their points in the field events alone, even not competing in the triple jump. The Ladyjacks averaged more than 10 points per event in the field events.
The men’s team came away with four event wins en route to getting the overall victory. Hampton Hawkins set a new personal record in the 200 meters with his time of 21.86 seconds. Hawkins ran the opening leg of the men’x 4x400 relay that won as well, and Colton Ross posted a win in the pole vault with his clearance of 5.02 meters (16-5.50).
SFA’s other victory came in the 5,000 meters with Gallardo making his indoor debut in grand fashion. Gallardo dominated the race winning by nearly 20 seconds with his time of 14:35.15. That time ranks 12th in the nation so far this season.
The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks racked up the points with traditional championship meet scoring for all events. Points were awarded to the top eight finishers in each event, and SFA only had four events the men did not score in and two on the women’s. One of those events for each was the triple jump, which SFA did not enter any competitors.
SFA tallied four runner-up finishes for the women to score eight points in each of those events while the men had three second-place marks in the meet as well.
Personal records were posted in nearly every event for SFA with a number of freshmen also making their mark on the meet.
SFA will be off next week before heading to its first two-day meet of the season at the Varsity Apartments Invitational hosted by Wichita State on January 31 and Feburary 1. This meet also will be a team scored meet with points awarded to the top six finishers. Teams competing will be Butler County Community College, Iowa Central Community College, Oral Roberts, UT-Arlington, host Wichita State and Missouri State’s women.
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