Ladyjacks Win Fourth Straight Title

Danielle Burchett

Feb. 25, 2012

Norman, Okla. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack Track and Field teams scored 117.5 points to win their fourth straight Southland Conference Indoor title Saturday in Norman Oklah. The 'Jacks scored 85 points to finish third overall. SFA combined for five individual titles, 16 all-conference titles, two relay titles and one school record.

Just hours after earning all conference honors in the men's long-jump, sophomore Jamal Peden returned to the runway to win the triple jump. Peden recorded a mark of 51-0.25 to win by more than a foot. Sophmore Cass Brown tacked on another individual title for the SFA men.  Brown won the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 47.66.

Sophomore Chelsea Stephen tacked on the Ladyjacks first individual title of the meet winning the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.40.  It is the second time this seson Stephen has set a new school-record.  Senior Danielle Burchett won the women's 800-meter with her time of 2:14.74.  Freshman De'Jernel Jordan added a seventh place finish in the event (2:17.33).

Junior Lauren Smith came up with a huge victory late in the meet with her individual title in the women's 3,000-meter.  Smith clocked a time of 9:57.16 to outpace her closest competition by more than two seconds, and was one of only two runners to post a time under 10 minutes.  Sophmore Laurie Byrd recorded a sixth place finsh in the event with her time of 10:07.04.

The Ladyjacks scored 11 points in the 400-meter dash, led by senior Marie Dickerson's all-conference finish.  Dickerson finished third overall with a time of 56.03.  Sophomore Paige McCutcheon added a seventh place finish (57.03), while freshman Cierra Jefferson was eighth (57.45).

Freshman Brarsheyia Simpson posted an all-SLC outing in the women's 200-meter dash.  She clocked a time of 24.92 to finish third overall.

Senior Andrew Plentl recorded a similar performance in the heptathlon, he scored 5,165 points to finish second, earning all-conference honors.  Freshman Cody Rhodes closed strong scoring 4,664 points to finish fifth overall.  

The Ladyjacks placed two athletes in the finals of the women's pole vault. Freshman Jessica Cunningham finished sixth overall clearing a height of 11-7.75.  Teammate Macy Agnew recorded a mark of 11-1.75 to post an eighth place finish.

Senior Isiah Collins recorded a time of 8.29 to finish fifth in the men's 60-meter hurdles.  Sophomore Hampton Hawkins was seventh in the 400-meter dash crossing the line with a time of 49.47.  Junior Jonus Rodriguez just missed an all-conference performance in the 800-meter run finishing fourth with a time of 1:54.84.  Junior Kelli Hermes added a fifth-place finish in the women's triple jump with her mark of 39-7.00.

The Ladyjacks closed out the women's events by winning the 1,600-meter relay.  The team of McCutcheon, Jefferson, senior Lauren Watts and Dickerson, recorded a time of 3:48.52 for the victory.  The team championship had already been decided before the Ladyjacks stepped on the track for the final race.

The 'Jacks relay team closed out the meet with an equally impressive performance.  The team of Hawkins, sophomore Torin Crowder, freshman Glenn McQuinney and Brown, recorded a time of 3:17.49 to win the event.



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