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    SFA Track & Field Finishes Second at Bracket Buster
    Chelsea Stephen
    Chelsea Stephen

    April 28, 2012

    WICHITA, Kansas - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team's posted second-place finishes at the Bracket Buster Invitational in Wichita, Kansas. Both teams finished just behind meet-host Wichita State who held and overwhelming advantage in event entries in every event.

    SFA came away with its share of hardware from the event posting nine titles and one school record. The `Jacks posted four titles, while the SFA women recorded five victories and a school record in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

    Sophomore Clint Harris just missed an individual title in the hammer throw, with his mark of 169-4 to place second. Harris returned to the circle, and improved upon his earlier success by winning the men's discus. His throw of 173-10 was good enough to win the event by 10 feet over the next closest competitor. Sophomore Jamal Peden tacked on a second individual title for the `Jacks in the field events when he won the long jump. He recorded a mark of 24-7.75 to win the event. Freshman thrower Derek Calvert tacked on the men's third title with his throw of 53-1.00 in the shot put.

    Freshman Tiffany Mott recorded the Ladyjacks first individual title of the day when she recorded a toss of 46-5.50 to win the women's shot put. Mott's throw was good enough to beat out classmate La'Tricia Griffin (45-7.00) for the title.

    The SFA men's 4x400-meter relay team of Hampton Hawkins, Cass Brown, Torin Crowder and Glenn McQuinney recorded the team's first win on the track. The clocked time of 40.69, just missing a school record, to win the event. Senior Danielle Burchett recorded the women's first track title of the afternoon when she clocked a time of 2:11.54 to win the 800 meters. Sophomore Cass Brown added another track title in the men's 200-meter dash (21.25).

    Sophomore Chelsea Stephen missed an individual title by one-hundredth of a second, but her time of 13.54 was a new school record in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

    The SFA women placed two athletes in the top five of the high jump. Freshman Melai Carter led the way with her 5-6.00 to finish second overall, while junior Carrie Hahn cleared the same height but finished third due to the tiebreak procedure. Senior Andrew Plentl recorded a runner-up in the men's high jump when he cleared a height of 6-5.00. Junior Kelli Hermes was in the hunt for a title in the women's triple jump. She recorded a mark of 39-6.50 to take home a third-place finish.

    The 400-meter hurdles was one of Ladyjacks' strongest events of the day, placing four among the top six. Led by freshman Ashley Burris SFA went 2,3,5,6 in the event. Burris recorded a time of 1:01.31, while Watts crossed the line next (1:02.45). Junior Christian Donald (1:05.25) just beat out freshman Stephanie White for fifth (1:05.29).

    SFA closed out the meet by winning the final two events of the weekend. The Ladyjacks won the 1,600-meter relay with a meet record time of 3:43.69, while the `Jacks clocked a meet record time of 3:09.87 to finish first.