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    Ladyjacks Win Second Consecutive SLC Indoor Track and Field Title
    Nick McCloud
    Nick McCloud

    Feb. 27, 2010

    NORMAN, Okla. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks scored 151 points over the weekend to win their second-straight Southland Conference Indoor Championship Saturday afternoon in Norman, Okla. The SFA women outdistanced second-place Texas-Arlington by 29 points. The Lumberjacks scored 99.50 points to finish second overall. The Ladyjacks won two individual titles and recorded 13 All-SLC performances on the final day of competition, while the `Jacks won two individual titles and had seven All-SLC finishes Saturday.

    Sophomore Nick McCloud recorded the `Jacks first individual title of the meet when he won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.95. McCloud was the only athlete to record a time under eight seconds, and was one of two Lumberjacks to post a top-eight finish. Senior Aaron Harlan finished eighth overall with a time of 8.21. McCloud also posted an all-conference mark in the men's 200-meters. He crossed the finish line with a time of 21.84 to finish third overall.

    The SFA women took the top two spots in the women's triple jump led by Camelia Sams. Sams recorded a mark of 40-0.75 to win the women's triple jump, beating out teammate Kelli Hermes who finished second (39-7.75).

    The Ladyjacks posted two more all-conference honors in the first event of the day when seniors Kaitlyn Andrews and Frednisha Marshall went second and third, respectively, in the women's shot put. Andrews recorded a throw of 48-4.00, while Marshall was third (48-2.00). Freshman Haley Parsons added an All-SLC finish in the women's mile run. Parsons crossed the finish line with a school-record time of 4:59.50 to finish third overall.

    The Lumberjacks placed two in the top eight of the men's shot put. Sophomore Jon Arthur earned all-conference honors with his third-place finish (53-4.50), while classmate Kyle Bishop finished seventh with a throw of 48-9.00.

    Senior Silent-Joy Egboba-Waye was one of three Ladyjacks to place in the top eight of the women's 60-meter hurdles. Egboba-Waye just missed an individual title clocking a time of 8.53 to finish second overall. Freshman Dezera Dunlap was seventh overall with a time of 8.96, just edging out teammate, and 2010 SLC pentathlon champion, Tabitha Riley.

    Freshman Amahra Edwards was the lone Ladyjack to advance to the finals of the women's 400-meter dash, and she took advantage of the opportunity. Edwards recorded the team's fifth all-conference finish of the afternoon recording a time of 56.97 to finish third overall.

    Senior Josh Cruse just missed all-conference honors with his fifth-place finish in the men's triple jump. Cruse recorded a mark of 49-5.00 earn a spot in the field's top five. Sophomore Macy Wade just missed all-conference honors in the women's pole vault when she cleared a height of 11-7.75 to finish tied for fourth overall.

    The Ladyjacks scored six points in the women's 60-meter dash with three athletes finishing in the top eight. Kelia Crawford crossed the finish line with a time of 7.73 to finish sixth overall just ahead of teammates Camelia Sams (7.75) Arteria Sterns (7.76). Crawford returned in the 200 meters to finish seventh overall (25.30).

    Similar to the women's 60-meter dash, the Ladyjacks also had three in the top eight of the women's 3,000 meters. Led by sophomore Stephanie Ganter who recorded All-SLC honors with her third-place finish (10:07.60) in the event. Megan Jenkins clocked a time of 10:13.91 to finish seventh, just ahead of junior Amy Shackleford (10:21.52).

    The Lumberjacks also place three in the top eight of the 3,000 meters. Adam Saloom just missed all-conference honors with his fourth-place finish (8:31.56). Senior Keith Mahipala was third overall clocking a time of 8:37.67. Mahipala beat out teammate Dennis Yeats by less than a second (8:38.22). Yeats time was good enough for eighth overall.

    The Ladyjacks put an explanation point on the meet by winning the 4X400-meter relay. The team of Brittany Shorter, Edwards, Mary Dickerson and Lauren Watts recorded a time of 3:48.91 to take the relay title. While the Ladyjacks were wrapping up the title, the men's relay had just as much excitement for the Lumberjacks. The team of Chris Moody, Travis Beavers, Donovan Sammons and Joe Barb clocked a time of 3:15.55 to win the event and leapfrog Sam Houston State for second in the league standings.

    Three events were not announced on the conference web site at the time of print. Results from the women's 800 meters, men's 400 meters and the heptathlon had not been released.

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