Men's 4x400 Wins Texas Relays
March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - On Saturday the Stephen F. Austin men's 4x400 relay team posted its second win in as many meets this outdoor season. The Lumberjacks blazed their way around the track to win the 87th Texas Relays in a time that broke the school record and placed them among the fastest relays in the country.
The Texas Relays has become one of the elite meets in the nation over the past few years with a number of the top-ranked teams competing each year, along with the top high school talent in the state.
This year, SFA won the prestigious men's 4x400 relay with a time of 3:06.60 to hold off Mississippi State by just over a second and get the win. The team of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Josh Taylor and Cass Brown-Stewart bested the previous school record of 3:06.96 and now rank third in the country this season.
Also competing on Saturday for SFA was the women's 4x400 relay. After advancing through the preliminaries on Friday, the Ladyjacks clocked in at 3:40.31 to finish seventh. The time was off the pace of the school record set just last week by the Ladyjacks.
Competing late Friday night for the men at the Texas Relays in the long jump was Jamal Peden. He leapt 7.81 meters (25-07.50) to finish third with some of the top jumpers in the country. He was only 4.75 inches behind defending NCAA champion Marquis Dendy of Florida.
The `Jacks were in action at the final day of the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday as well with two athletes finishing in the top five of their respective events.
Jessica Spelling finished second in the women's shot put with her toss of 14.51 meters (47-07.25). Kirsten Knox jumped well for the Ladyjacks taking home fifth place in the triple jump. Knox posted a mark of 11.88 meters (38-11.75)
SFA also had a small group of sprinters competing at the Bobcat Invitational.
On Friday, SFA's distance runners ran at the Lopez Bayou Classic hosted by Rice.
Jonus Rodriguez and Quinlin McGregor finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the men's 1,500 meters for the Lumberjacks. Rodriguez ran 3:54.90 for a new personal best time by more than five seconds. The freshman, McGregor, crossed the line in 3:56.17.
The `Jacks will be home this week for a two-day meet on Friday and Saturday at Home Bryce Stadium. Action gets underway with a distance carnival and a few field events on Friday. The meet will be a team scored meet and have more than a dozen teams from the region competing. Fans are encouraged to come watch the exciting action as it will be the only home meet of the season for the `Jacks and to donate to a good cause with proceeds from ticket sales being donated to local charities the track and field team is involved with throughout the year.