SFA relays set school records in Houston.
March 24, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team won four individual titles and set two school records Saturday on the second day of competition at the Rice Bayou Classic in Houston, Texas.
The two school records continue an incredible streak SFA has maintained throughout the 2012 season. SFA has set at least one school record in every meet during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The two school records came in the men's and women's 1,600-meter relay. Paige McCutcheon, Cierra Jefferson, Lauren Watts and Mary Dickerson stepped on the track and recorded a time of 3:39.62 to set a school standard and win the women's 4x400-meter relay. Following the race, the 'Jacks' team of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Glenn McQuinney and Cass Brown clocked a time of 3:06.96 to win the event.
Freshman Madison Johnston added an individual title in the women's javelin throw with her mark of 143-2. Johnston's closest competition came from senior Megan Harlan who finished second with a throw of 132-3. Johnston and Harlan were two of three Ladyjacks to finish in the event's top 10.
The final individual title came from the SFA men. Prior to running the anchor leg of the 'Jacks 1,600-meter relay, Brown stepped on the track to compete in the 400-meter dash. Brown won the event with a time of 46.51. Classmate Torin Crowder added a top-five finish in the event finishing fourth with a time of 47.92.
Sophomore Colton Ross just missed an individual title in the pole vault. Ross finished tied for second after clearing a height of 16-6.75. Classmate Clint Harris had a strong showing in the discus. Harris finished fourth overall with a throw of 168-10.
Dickerson clocked a time of 54.69 to finish third overall in the women's 400-meter dash. McCutcheon finished just outside the top five with her time of 55.62 (4th). De'Andrea Rouwtt added a third-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.98.
Kelli Hermes recorded a fourth-place finish in the women's triple jump with a mark of 39-6.00. Sophomore Jamal Peden was fifth in the men's triple jump with a mark of 46-7.50.
Watts added a top-five finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.64 to finish fifth overall, just ahead of freshman Ashley Burris (1:01.81).
The SFA track and field team return to action Tuesday when they will travel to Austin, Texas to open competition in the Texas Relays.