April 22, 2012
WACO, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field teams recorded four individual titles, and numerous top-five finishes at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas Saturday.
The Ladyjacks were led by Paige McCutcheon who clocked a time of 55.84 to win the 400-meter dash. She returned to the track to lead a trio of Ladyjacks who recorded top-six finishes in the women's 200-meters. McCutcheon was third overall with a time of 24.75, while freshmen Brarsheyia Simpson was fifth (24.922) and Olivia Harris was sixth (24.925).
Freshman Madison Johnston just missed an individual title in the field events for the Ladyjacks. She recorded a throw of 144-5 to finish second in the javelin. Christian Donald and Stephanie White recorded top-five finishes in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Donald recorded a time of 1:02.76 to finish third overall, while White was fifth (1:04.44). Chelsea Stephen clocked the Ladyjacks' fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.68 to finish fourth overall.
Danielle Burchett and De'Andrea Rouwtt both recorded fourth-place finishes in the 800-meters. Burchett recorded a time of 2:09.46 in the evening heat while Rouwtt crossed the line with a time of 2:17.50 in the afternoon heat
The SFA women also had several clutch performances in the field events. Kirsten Knox was fourth in the long jump with a mark of 19-5.25. Kelli Hermes was fourth in the triple jump when she recorded a distance of 39-4.50. Freshman La'Tricia Griffin placed fifth in the discus (136-3).
The three individual titles for the men came from Harman McClanahan, Jamal Peden and Andrew Plentl. McClanahan recorded a time of 9:17.60 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase while Peden won the triple jump with his mark of 51-0.75. Peden return to the runway to record a third-place finish in the long jump (24-3.75). Plentl closed out SFA's title haul with a victory in the 110-meter hurdles (14.71). Senior Isiah Collins was fourth in the event with a time of 15.17.
Other Lumberjacks who had strong outings were Moses Luevano and Nicholas Guerra in the 5,000-meter run. Luevano clocked a time of 15:16.97 to finish third, while Guerra was less than four seconds back to place fourth (15:20.68). Freshman Adam Amaya tacked on a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 163-11.
The Lumberjacks 1,600-meter relay team of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Glenn McQuinney and Cass Brown recorded a third-place showing with a time of 3:09.30.