The Official Home of Stephen F. Austin Athletics

    Ladyjacks Claim Fourth Straight SLC Outdoor Title
    SFA claimed its fourth consecutive SLC Outdoor title on Sunday in San Marcos.
    SFA claimed its fourth consecutive SLC Outdoor title on Sunday in San Marcos.

    May 13, 2012

    SAN MARCOS, Texas -The Ladyjack track and field team claimed its fourth consecutive outdoor title on Sunday, doing so in dramatic fashion in erasing a 12-point lead in the final three events on their way to the title. The Lumberjack men also showed well, turning in a third-place finish.

    The SFA women trailed UTSA 128-115 after the 200-meter dash, but cut the deficit to just two points with 15 points from Lauren Smith and Randi Plentlin the 5,000-meter run and then clinched the crown with a first-place finish win in the 4x400 and a pair of points in the pole vault, finishing with 142 points for the meet, just ahead of UTSA's 139.5.

    Smith finished as the meet's high-point scorer, accounting for 20 points after adding a win in the 5,000 meters to her 10,000-meter win from Friday. Her win was one of four more individual titles the Ladyjacks claimed on Sunday, joining a pair of championships by the men. The Ladyjacks added 11 more all-conference performances, while the Lumberjacks picked up six themselves.

    The Ladyjacks started off strong with a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay before getting a big boost from Chelsea Stephen who picked up a win in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.6 seconds. Mary Dickerson followed that with a win in the 400-meter dash, turning in a time of 53.55 seconds, while Paige McCutcheonadded five points to the SFA tally with a fourth-place finish.

    Freshman La'Tricia Griffin also delivered eight big points with a second-place finish in the discus, throwing 147 feet, 2 inches in her first career outdoor championships.

    Danielle Burchett then won a close race in the 800-meters, taking the tape with a time of 2:08.01 before Ashley Burris added five more points with a fourth-place score in the 400-meter hurdles. Dickerson then scored a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash before the Ladyjacks began their late-meet push. With just three events remaining, Smith edged UTA's Maria Sandstrom with a 17:24.55 to win the 5,000-meter run, while Plentl just missed all-conference with a fourth-place finish. Those 15 points, along with two points from pole vaulter Jessica Cunningham, cut UTSA's lead to just two points and set the stage for a dramatic 4x400 relay.

    The relay team of McCutcheon, Dickerson, Lauren Watts and Cierra Jeffersonthen came through, taking the event with a time of 3:38.19, crossing the line less than a tenth of a second ahead of Northwestern State, clinching the meet's title.

    Meanwhile, Clint Harris made noise for the men early on, letting loose a throw of 183 feet, one inch to take the discus throw. Jamal Pedenadded to his long jump title with a win in the triple jump, covering 52 feet, six inches to win the event by nearly two full feet.

    The team of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Cass Brown and Glenn McQuinneyfinished second in the 4x100 relay, while Brown also claimed an individual title of his own, taking the 400-meter dash before anchoring the 4x400 relay team which closed out the afternoon with a third-place finish. McQuinney joined him on the relay as well, but also turned in a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters and scored with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash.

    Adam Saloomthen turned in an all-conference performance in the 5,000-meter run, finishing third in a time of 14:50.27 in the final individual race of the afternoon for the Lumberjacks.