Jan. 28, 2012
The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field teams closed out the Houston Indoor and Multis Invitational Saturday afternoon with their second strong day of competition. SFA recorded five more titles, led by sophomore Cass Brown who brought home titles in the men's 200 meters, 400 meters and 1,600-meter relay.
Brown led an overwhelming performance by the SFA men in the men's 400 meters. Brown was one of four 'Jacks to finish in the top 10 of the event. Brown won the event clocking a time of 49.10. He was followed by teammates Torin Crowder (49.46) who finished third and freshman Glenn McQuinney (49.64) was fifth. Sophomore Hampton Hawkins also snuck into the finals with a seventh-place finish (49.95). Brown returned to the track to win the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 22.12.
The Ladyjacks tacked on another title in the 4X400-meter relay. The team of Paige McCutcheon, Cierra Jefferson, Simpson and Dickerson crossed the line first with a time of 3:50.02. The `Jacks followed suit with a win in the men's 1,600 relay to close out the meet. The team of sophomores Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Edric Williams and Brown won the event crossing the finish line with a time of 3:18.08.
Kelli Hermes tacked on the fifth-individual title by winning the women's triple jump. Hermes recorded a mark of 38-9.75 for the victory.
Senior sprinter Mary Dickerson finished third in the women's 400-meter dash being bested only by Texas' Alicia Peterson and Danielle Dowie. Dickerson crossed the line with a time of 57.14. Danielle Burchett recorded a fourth-place finish in the women's 800 meters when she posted a time of 2:14.02 in the women's 800-meter run.
The Ladyjacks placed two athletes in the finals of the women's 200-meter dash.
Freshman Brarsheyia Simpson returned to the track Saturday to post a fifth-place finish in the women's 200-meter dash (25.59). Simpson crossed the line just ahead of Dickerson (25.60).
Sophomore Jamal Peden was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump. Coming off a strong opening week of the season, the reigning Southland Conference Athlete of the Week recorded a mark of 23-8.25 to finish second overall. Peden added a second-place finish in the triple jump when he recorded a mark of 50-9.50.
Senior Andrew Plentl and freshman Cody Rhodes held their ground in the heptathlon but were unable to move up in the final three events. Plentl was third overall with a score of 5,042 points, while Rhodes was sixth (3,972 points).
Sophomore Clint Harris finished third in the men's weight throw, but he posted the second-best collegiate mark of the day. Harris recorded is best mark (58-5.75) on his fourth throw of the day.
The `Jacks Adam Saloom led the charge for the SFA distance squad. He clocked a time of 8:32.01 to finish third in the men's 3,000-meter run. The Ladyjacks added three athletes in the top eight of the women's high jump led by freshman Melai Carter, who cleared a height of 5-6.50 to place fourth. Classmate Ashley Gadson cleared the same height but was fifth based on the tie breaks. Carrie Hahn added a seventh-place finish in the event with when she also cleared a height of 6-6.50.
The SFA men's and women's teams return to action Thursday, Feb. 9 when they travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the Iowa State Classic. The three-day event will run through Saturday.