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    Chasity Clark
    Chasity Clark

    Feb. 1, 2014

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    WICHITA, Kan. -
    Up against some strong mid-major talent this weekend, the Stephen F. Austin track and field teams came away from the Varsity Apartments Invitational with some strong marks and a total of five event victories. The Lumberjacks finished third in the team scoring while the Ladyjacks finished second behind hosting Wichita State.


    The Ladyjacks saw La'Tricia Griffin continue her impressive season thus far as she again bested the field in the shot put and weight throw. Griffin won the weight throw on Friday with a toss of 18.13 meters (59-5.75) for a new personal record. She backed that up with a win in the shot put on Saturday and a mark of 14.40 meters (47-3.00).


    Griffin contributed 20 of the Ladyjacks' 123 total over the two days of action. Teammate and fellow thrower Jessica Spelling scored 16 points finishing in second in the shot put and third in the weight throw. She was awarded points for second place in the weight throw, as the second-place finisher was ineligible for the team scoring.


    Head Coach Phil Olson said it was a good weekend for his team against quality competition. He and his coaching staff saw some positives in building toward the Southland Conference Championship meet later this month.


    "It was a pretty good meet for us considering we had to persevere through a few things," Olson said. "We definitely saw some bright spots, but what this weekend showed is that we have some good work ahead of us. This is just the process we go through every year of trying to get everyone on the same page and trying to be at our best four weeks from now at the conference championship."


    Field events were a strong area for SFA all weekend. The Lumberjacks scored 29 of their 88 points in the field events. The Ladyjacks tallied 68.


    In the sprints Chasity Clark posted a win in the 200 meters, crossing the line in 24.91 seconds. She also finished ninth in the 60 meters but failed to score points in that event. Josh Taylor won the men's 400 meters with a time of 49.66 seconds.


    SFA's other with on the men's side came in the 3,000 meters. Anthony Gallardo clocked in at 8:46.65 to post his second victory of the season after winning the 5,000 meters at a previous meet.


    The women's squad had four Ladyjacks finish second in their respective events. Brarysheyia Simpson continued her strong season, taking runner-up in the 400 meters. Rana Ryan ran a PR of 2:17.37 in the 800 meters. Ashley Gadson was just off her PR in the high jump at 1.68 meters (5-6.00), and Kirsten Knox went 11.86 meters (38-11.00) in the triple jump.


    This weekend was the first combined event competition of the season for SFA. The Lumberjacks had four athletes compete in the heptathlon over both days, and the Ladyjacks had a pair in the pentathlon on Friday.


    Three of the Lumberjacks in the heptathlon posted new personal best scores, led by Jamal Davis in fourth place with his score of 4,958 points over the seven events. Christian Bean and Taylor Park also had their best heptathlons in their careers.


    For the women, Shambrail Woods also posted a PR score in the pentathlon. She tallied 3,479 points over the five events, including PRs in the high jump and long jump. She finished third in the pentathlon and earned eight points toward the team scoring. Bria McIver finished ninth in the pentathlon in her first-ever combined events competition.


    SFA heads to Birmingham, Ala., next week for another two-day meet at the Samford Multi and Invitational.



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