March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas – It was another busy day for Stephen F. Austin track and field with athletes competing at three different meet with one shining on the big stage against the best in the nation in his respective event. Colton Ross finished second in a special invitational in the men’s pole vault at the 87th Texas Relays and came just shy of a new personal record.
Ross cleared 5.50 meters (18-00.50) to finish second behind defending NCAA champion Sam Kendricks from Ole Miss. Ross went over the bar cleanly on his first attempt at the height, joining Kendricks as the only two competitors to do so on first attempts. That propelled Ross into second place as no jumper other than Kendricks would clear another bar.
Ross missed all three attempts at 5.60 meters (18-04.50) that would have been a new school record. Instead he had to settle for his mark of 5.50 meters, just one centimeter below his personal best in the event.
Some of SFA’s top sprinters were in action at the Texas Relays with some of the top teams in the nation competing. The Lumberjacks ran the fourth fastest time in the men’s 4x400 relay during preliminaries to advance to the final. The team crossed the finish line in 3:09.67 to win its heat and move on. The women’s 4x400 also advanced to the final, grabbing the ninth and final spot with a time of 3:41.11.
SFA’s 4x100 relays did not have the same magic as the 4x400’s with neither the men or women advancing to the finals.
Josh Taylor rode the momentum of his stellar season opener last week and ran his way to another personal record in the 400 meter hurdles. Taylor finished third with his time of 50.92 seconds. He was just .12 off the school record.
In other field events at the Texas Relays, Madison Johnson finished eighth in the javelin with a toss of 48.36 meters (158-08). La’Tricia Griffin took sixth for the women in the B second of shot put.
The ‘Jacks were in action just down the road from Austin at the Bobcat Invitational on Friday with a handful of top 10 finishes.
Jared Twomey and Valerie Osamar each finished in the top 10 in the 400 meter hurdles, respectively. Twomey was 10th for the men, crossing the line in 56.22 seconds, and Osamar was seventh in the women’s race in 1:04.36.
In the high jump, the pair of Bryce Willard and Stephen Kinney tied for sixth for SFA’s men.
Three ‘Jacks took on the field in the multi-events at the Bobcat Invitational as well. Hunter Key and Andrew Boettcher faced 10 events over two days beginning on Thursday, and Madeline Kaufman competed in her first heptathlon making the conversion from a pole vaulter.
Key finished sixth with a total of 5,725 points over the 10 events, and Boettcher was ninth with 5,207 points. Kaufman was eighth for the women with 4,231 points.
SFA’s distance runners were also in action on Friday during the distance carnival portion of the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic hosted by Rice. Due to technical difficulties, live results were not working during the meet and complete results were not available at press time. Results from the meet will be added to Saturday’s recap action at the Texas Relays and Bobcat Invitational.