Ladyjacks dominant in SLC title run.
May 16, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks recorded an overwhelming performance at Maverick Stadium to win the 2010 Southland Conference Championship Sunday in Arlington. The Ladyjacks scored 201 points to outdistance the competition by 98.5 points. The Lumberjacks scored 134 points to finish second overall, just 14 points out of first place. The SFA men and women combined for 22 all-conference performances and one individual title on the final day.
Sophomore Nick McCloud recorded the `Jacks lone individual title of the day when he crossed the finish line with a time of 13.84 to win the 110-meter hurdles. McCloud was the lone athlete to record a sub-14 time in the event. Senior Aaron Harlan joined McCloud in the top eight, clocking a time of 14.59 to finish seventh overall.
McCloud returned to the track and advanced to the finals in the men's 200 meters. McCloud posted a time of 21.28 to finish sixth overall.
The Ladyjacks just missed having two athletes earn all-conference honors in the triple jump. Junior Camelia Sams was the league's runner-up in the event finishing second overall with a jump of 40-4.25. Sams just missed earning a share of the league title by a half inch. Freshman Crystal Walker was the second Ladyjack to advance to the finals of the event. Walker was fourth overall with a mark of 39-11.25.
The Ladyjacks got the track events out to a strong start with an all-conference finish in the 400-meter relay. The team of Keila Crawford, Arteria Sterns, Sams and Brittany Shorter clocked a school-record time of 45.82 to finish third overall. The `Jacks just missed All-SLC honors with a fourth-place finish in the event. The team of Sherman Rosborough, Monroe Whaley, Justin Johnson and Ty Thomas clocked a time of 40.84, just 31-hundredths of a second off of the all-conference pace.
The Ladyjacks scored 19 points in the women's 400-meter dash, placing three within 26-hundredths of a second. Sophomore Mary Dickerson recorded a second-place finish with a time of 55.23. Dickerson was followed by Shorter who was third overall with a time of 55.44, while freshman Amahra Edwards was fourth just five-hundredths of a second back of Shorter.
The Lumberjacks followed suit by placing two in the finals of the men's 400-meters. Freshman Joe Barb earned all-conference honors by finishing third in the event (47.38). Senior Chris Moody was sixth overall just 28-hundredths of a second back.
The women's 400-meter hurdle race was very similar to the 400-meter dash, as the Ladyjacks placed three athletes in the finals. Freshman Dezera Dunlap was second overall with a time of 1:01.07 to earn all-conference recognition. Sophomore Lauren Watts just missed all-league honors with her fourth-place finish in the event (1:01.82). Watts was followed by freshman Christian Donald who clocked a time of 1:02.74.
Placing three athletes in the top eight was a theme that the Ladyjacks carried through the final day of the event. The women's 5,000 meters was the third event of the day where the Ladyjacks recorded three scoring performances. Sophomore Stephanie Ganter led the way for SFA in the event clocking a time of 17:33.74 to finish second overall. She was followed by 2009 individual champion Amy Shackelford who clocked a time of 17:49.39 to finish fifth overall. Junior Megan Jenkins added a seventh-place finish in the event (17:59.65).
The `Jacks just missed placing four athletes in the top eight of the men's 5,000 meters. Sophomore Mitch Ownbey was fourth in the event with a time of 14:57.23. Classmate Xavier Rodriguez clocked a time of 15:03.55 to finish sixth overall, while teammate Dennis Yeats was seventh (15:09.82). Sophomore Adam Saloom just missed a scoring performance with his ninth-place finish (15:13.26).
Freshman Haley Parsons added to the Ladyjacks lead when she clocked a time of 4:35.51 to finish second in the 1,500-meters. She was joined by junior Marie Flores in the field's top eight. Flores clocked a time of 4:48.21 to finish sixth overall.
The Ladyjacks recorded a similar result in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Senior Silent-Joy Egboba-Waye was second overall with a school-record time of 13.68, missing an individual title by 17-hundredths of a second. Less than 24 hours after winning the league's heptathlon title, senior Tabitha Riley returned to the track to finish seventh overall in the event (14.54).
Sophomore Danielle Burchett added an all-conference honor in the women's 800-meters. Burchett was third overall with a time of 2:12.25. Junior Arteria Sterns scored four points for the Ladyjacks in the 100-meters. Sterns clocked a time of 11.73 to finish fifth overall. Sterns returned to the track in the women's 200 meters to finish sixth overall (24.47). Senior Travis Beavers added a sixth-place finish in the men's 400-meter hurdles recording a time of 54.17.
The Ladyjacks closed out the meet with All-SLC honors in the women's 4X400-meter relay. The team of Katrina Turner, Edwards, Watts and Dickerson clocked a time of 3:42.14 to finish second overall. The `Jacks duplicated the performance in the men's 1,600-meter relay. The team of Moody, Beavers, Donavon Sammons and Barb clocked a school-record time of 3:08.23 to finish second overall.