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    SFA Wins Four Titles, Sets Two School Records at Houston Indoor Meet
    Brarsheyia Simpson
    Brarsheyia Simpson

    Jan. 27, 2012

    The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team picked up Friday on the opening day of Houston Invitational, where it left off in the season opener. The SFA sprints squad highlighted the opening day of competition record three individual titles, while the sdistance squads recorded two title and set a school record.

    The SFA men and women's 200-meter sprinters dominated the event Friday. SFA swept the top-three spots in the women's race led by freshman Brarsheyia Simpson who won the race with a time of 25.59. Senior Mary Dickerson was a close second (25.60), while sophomore Paige McCutcheon clocked a time of 25.82 to finish third. Sophomore Cass Brown tacked on an individual title in the men's 200. He posted a time of 22.12 for the victory.

    Freshman Glenn McQuinney won the men's 400-meter dash "B" final. He clocked a time of 49.64 to take the title. The Ladyjacks placed three runners in the top eight of the women's 400-meter dash "B" finals. Freshman Cierra Jefferson led the trio with a time of 58.64 to finish second overall. Jefferson clipped teammate Ashley Burris who was third just two-tenths of a second behind. Sophomore Vanessa Whitmire placed sixth overall with a time of 59.55.

    It wasn't just the sprinters who had a strong start to the Houston Indoor meet. The SFA distance squad also looked strong in the distance medley relay. The team of Xavier Rodriguez, Torin Crowder, Jonus Rodriguez and Nathan Collier won the men's race with a school record time of 10:07.70. The Ladyjack team of Katrina Turner, Lauren Watts, Ericka Taylor and Danielle Burchett placed third and also set a school record (12:20.94).

    Two Lumberjacks are in striking distance of the medal stand in the heptathlon. Senior Andrew Plentl is currently third overall, with a score of 2,876 points. He is less than 100 points out of second place with three events remaining, while freshman Cody Rhodes is sixth overall with 2,419 points. The multi-events competition will wrap up Saturday morning.

    Amanda Walters was third in the women's 5,000-meter run. She crossed the finish line with a time of 19:50.95 in the race. In similar fashion, freshman Jessica Cunningham recorded a third-place finish in the women's pole vault. She cleared a height of 11-9.75 in the event.

    SFA returns to action Saturday for the second and final day of action in the Houston Indoor and Multis Invitational. Competition begins at 10 a.m. with the final events of the men's heptathlon.