Feb. 23, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team wrapped up the Southland Conference Indoor Championships with second-place finishes Saturday afternoon in Houston, Texas, at the Bill Yeoman Fieldhouse. The 'Jacks scored 101.5 points, while the Ladyjacks finished with 114.50.
Senior Katrina Roundtree and junior Kelsea David recorded the two biggest performances of the day for SFA. Roundtree won the women's 400 meters individual title by recording a time of 55.69. She also tacked on an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.98). David won the women's pole vault title by clearing a height of 11-9.75.
Teammate Kristina Windham also cleared a height of 11-9.75, but finished second based on the tie-break system. Junior Ashley Dickeson cleared a height of 10-10.00 to finish tied for eighth.
Senior Ashley Monteau ended her SFA career Saturday by tacking on one more All-Southland Conference honor. Less than 24 hours after recording a top-four finish in the women's 3,000 meters, Monteau returned to the track to place third in the 5,000-meters (10:14.43).
The `Jacks placed three athletes in the top five of the heptathlon, led by sophomore Aaron Harlan who missed a conference individual title by only 46 points. Harlan scored 5,205 points to finish second overall. Classmate Chris Jones scored 4,970 points, but fell one spot from Friday's competition to finish fourth overall. Freshman Jacques Neyrey battled through injuries to score 4,696 points and finish fifth overall.
SFA recorded two All-SLC honors in the women's shot put. Less than 24 hours after winning the women's weight throw, sophomore Frednisha Marshall returned to the awards stand. She recorded a mark of 48-3.50 to finish second in the shot put. Classmate Kaitlyn Andrews also recorded all-conference honors by finishing third with a toss of 46-9.00.
Senior Zach Ross added to SFA's all-conference tally by recording an SLC runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Ross finished second overall with a time of 8.12. Harlan came over from the heptathlon to advance to the finals of the 60 hurdles. Harlan posted a time of 8.25 to finish sixth overall.
Ross returned to the track to record an all-conference honor in the 400 meters. A 2008 team co-captain, Ross clocked a time of 48.87 to finish second overall in the event, only six-tenths of a second off the conference title.
Senior Justin Reyes recorded the meet's second-best mark in the men's high jump. Reyes cleared a height of 6-9.00 to finish second and earn All-SLC honors.
The Lumberjacks 4x400-meter relay team closed out the meet by earning all-conference honors. The team recorded a time of 3:19.13 to place third overall. The SFA men also recorded a top-eight finish in the distance medley relay. The 'Jacks recorded a time of 10:38.43 to finish seventh overall. The Ladyjacks scored two points in the women's 4x400-meter relay. SFA finished seventh overall in the event with a time of 3:58.36.
The `Jacks also placed one in the finals of the men's shot put. Freshman Kenneth Charles finished seventh overall in the event with a mark of 50-6.25.
Sophomore Josh Cruse scored five points for the Lumberjacks in the triple jump by recording a mark of 48-4.00. Cruse just missed earning all-conference honors by finishing fourth overall.
Sophomores Silent-Joye Egboba-Waye and Tabitha Riley put up points for SFA in the 60-meter hurdles. Egboba-Waye clocked a time 8.84 to finish fourth in the event. Egboba-Waye finished just one-tenth of a second ahead of Riley (8.94), who was fifth overall.
Other SFA athletes that recorded solid performances were sophomore Keith Mahipala and freshmen Ty Thomas, Arteria Sterns and Kelia Crawford. Thomas recorded a time of 6.93 to finish in a two-way tie for fourth in the 60-meter dash. He was only .11 seconds off an all-conference honor. Thomas followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters (22.24). Mahipala clocked a time of 8:32.09 to finish fifth overall in the 3,000 meters. Sterns and Crawford both advanced to the finals of women's 60-meter dash. Sterns finished sixth overall with a time of 7.82, while Crawford was eighth (7.83).
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