SFA Records Seven Titles and One School Record at OU
Feb. 18, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team recorded a school record, seven individual titles and had several top-10 finishes Saturday at the J.D. Martin/OU Invitational in Norman, Okla. The meet was the team's final competition before the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Norman beginning Friday morning.
Sophomore Kirsten Knox recorded the Ladyjacks first title of day taking the women's long jump with a mark of 18-4.50. Classmate Chelsea Stephen added to the title haul with her victory in the 60-meter hurdles (8.45) setting a new school record. With Stephen's record Saturday SFA has now recorded at least one school record at every indoor meet this season.
Four Ladyjacks finished in the top eight of the women's high jump led by Carrie Hahn and Ashley Gadson who cleared heights of 5-6.00 to finish tied for first in the event. Freshman Melai Carter was fifth in the event with her mark of 5-4.25, while Heather McPherson was tied for eighth (5-2.25).
Senior Mary Dickerson won the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 56.72. She was one of three Ladyjacks to finish in the event's top five. Paige McCutcheon was third overall (57.48) while freshman Ashley Burris was fifth (57.89). Dickerson returned to the track to lead the SFA effort in the women's 200 meters. She was third overall with a time of 25.25, finishing just ahead of Tryon (25.29). McCutcheon and Burris also added top 10 finishes in the event. McCutcheon was sixth (25.44), while Burris placed eighth (25.90).
The Ladyjacks' team of Katrina Turner, Cierra Jefferson, Danielle Burchett and Lauren Watts closed out the women's titles with their victory in the 1,600-meter relay. SFA won the event with a time of 3:55.02.
Sophomore Hampton Hawkins was the top collegiate finisher in the men's 400-meter dash, but was second overall. He clocked a time of 49.72. Classmate Torin Crowder was fifth overall with a time of 50.03.
SFA also recorded numerous top-10 finishes on both the men's and women's side. Freshmen La'Tricia Griffin and Tiffany Mott tied for sixth in the shot put with a throw of 43-11.75. Junior JimEd Hughes finished third in the men's weight throw with a mark of 52-5.50. The `Jacks placed two athletes in the finals of the men's long jump. Josh Cravens was seventh with his mark of 21-4.00, while sophomore Jamal Peden was ninth (20-6.50). Kelli Hermes was third in the women's triple jump with a mark of 39-5.00. Edric Williams was seventh in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.915, but was the third collegiate finisher. Crowder was fifth overall (22.54) in the men's 200-meter dash, while Hawkins was sixth with a time of 22.55. Der'Jernel Jordan was one of three Ladyjacks to finish in the top 10 of the women's 800 meters. She clocked a time of 2:20.65 to finish fourth overall. Katrina Turner was sixth with a time of 2:21.47, while De'Andrea Rouwtt was 10th overall with a time of 2:22.60.