SFA Tracks & Field Have Strong Showing on Day Two
Feb. 10, 2012
AMES, Iowa - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field teams record 15 top-10 finishes en route to capturing two school records in the men's 400-meter dash and two individual titles, during the second day of competition at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
The Lumberjacks were led by sophomore Jamal Peden and freshman Jessica Cunningham. Peden was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump. The Wylie, Texas, native finished with a mark of 23-10.75. Cunningham won the women's pole vault with a mark of 12-2.5.
Sophomore Cass Brown continued his success in the men's 400-meter dash by breaking the school record with a time of 46.98. Brown, who won the same event in Houston the team's last time out, missed the chance for a consecutive title by three-tenths of a second. Glenn McQuinney, who would have also beaten the previous mark, finished less than 1.2 seconds behind Brown with a time of 48.15 to take sixth overall. The Ladyjacks were represented by Paige McCutcheon who finished fourth overall in the women's race with a time of 56.49.
Brown would also go on to place second in the men's 200 meter dash with a time of 21.67. Sophomores Hampton Hawkins and Erdic Williams rounded out the field for SFA. Hawkins placed fourth overall with a time of 21.94, while Willams finished with a time of 21.94 to take eleventh.
Senior Katrina Turner and junior Adam Saloom both finished third in their events. Turner finished with a time of 1:25.18 in women's 600-yard dash, while Saloom with a school-record time of 14:41.84 in the men's 5,000-meter run.
Sophomores Clint Harris and Laurie Byrd rounded out the top-10 for SFA. Harris finished fourth place in the men's weight throw with a mark of 59-2, while Byrd took tenth overall, with a time of 10:06.12, in the women's 3,000-meter race.
Junior Kelli Hermes won the women's triple jump with a mark of 38-11.75, just beating out teammate Kirsten Knox who advanced to the finals finishing eighth. Freshman Derek Calvert also recorded an eighth-place finish in the men's shot put with his toss of 52-4.75.
The `Jacks will continue competition Saturday with day three of the ISU Classic.