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    SFA Track & Field Sweeps BCS Buster Invitational
    Jon Arthur
    Jon Arthur

    April 30, 2011

    WICHITA, Kansas - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Wichita, Kansas, Saturday to compete in the BCS Buster Invitational, a meet created to highlight some of the top mid-major teams in country, and SFA didn't disappoint.

    The Lumberjacks scored 175 points to outdistance the field by 23 points. On the women's side, the margin of victory was a lot closer but SFA pulled out a four-point decision, 155-151, over Wichita State. The 'Jacks recorded six individual titles on the day, and one relay victory while the Ladyjacks posted five individual titles and one relay win.

    Junior Mary Dickerson continues her status as one of the top 400-meter sprinters in the country. The Groveton, Texas, native clocked a 54.97 to win the event. She returned to the track to run the anchor led of the Ladyjacks' title-winning 1,600-meter relay team (3:44.46). Freshman Chelsea Stephen handed the Ladyjacks their third track title of the day when she posted a time of 13.81 to win the 100-meter hurdles.

    Sophomore Crystal Walker recorded the first field title for the Ladyjacks. Walker recorded a jump of 19-4.00 to win the long jump by nearly three inches over the closest competition. Senior Kaitlyn Andrews added to the victories with her throw of 50-4.00 to win the shot put. Junior Megan Harlan added a second victory in the throws events with her toss of 134-1 in the javelin.

    Freshman Edric Williams helped SFA get out to a quick start in the track events. Williams clocked a time of 10.75 to lead a one-two sweep in the event, beating teammate Ty Thomas by four-hundredths of a second. Freshman Cass Brown tacked on a title in the 400 meters. He crossed the finish line with a time of 47.29 to win the event. Junior Nick McCloud clocked a 13.92 in the 110-meter hurdles to take the title. The Lumberjacks' 1,600-meter relay team of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Donavon Sammons and Brown clocked a time of 3:11.89 to win the event.

    The SFA men were just as strong in the field events as they were on the track. Freshman Colton Ross cleared a height of 16-1.25 to win the pole vault by seven inches. Junior Jon Arthur won the shot put with a toss of 55-2.00, while freshman teammate Clint Harris recorded a throw of 161-11 to win the discus.

    In addition to the individual victories, SFA also finished the day with several runner-up finishes. SFA also had nine athletes, and one relay team, record second-place finishes in Wichita.

    SFA will now take a week off before they travel to Natchitoches, La., to compete in the 2011 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.