March 27, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. -
The Stephen F. Austin men and women's track and field team concluded competition at the LSU Relays Saturday afternoon with another strong outing. SFA was led by senior Jocelyn Stevens who won the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:00.96, just missing an NCAA regional qualifying mark by 14-hundredths of a second.
The Ladyjacks also received a strong performance from sophomore Markeisha Edwards who recorded an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 47-3.75 in the shot put. Edwards' throw was good enough to place her third overall. Classmate Sarah Emerson also recorded an NCAA regional mark in the javelin by finishing third with a throw of 151-10. Senior Jessica Partin finished second in the steeplechase with a time of 11:21.26. Freshman Audrey Azu led a group of four Ladyjacks who all finished among the top seven in the high jump. Azu cleared a height of 5-5.75 to finish fifth overall. Freshmen Emylee Hartwig and Laura Mikeska both cleared a height of 10-11.75 in the pole vault to finish among the field's top five.
Sophomore Eric Brill recorded a third-place finish in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line with a time of 9:40.04. Classmate James Williams finished third in the shot put with a throw 51-5.50.
The SFA multi-event athletes also had a strong outing in Baton Rouge, placing three athletes in the top five. Junior Bo Simpson scored 6,706 points to finish second overall in the decathlon. Classmate Crystal Chang was second in the heptathlon with her score 4,965, just missing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Senior Lindsey Bryson finished in the heptathlon scoring 4,554 points.
SFA will return to action Friday when they travel to Houston, Texas for the Rice Bayou Classic. The meet will last through Saturday evening.