SFA Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season in Alabama
March 19, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – It is time to head outdoors for track and field as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks begin their outdoor season at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays this week. SFA heads east for a three-day meet that begins Thursday with combined events and some throwing events before a full slate of events.
SFA’s heptathletes and decathletes will get right to it with a multi-event in their first outdoor competition of the season. The decathlon is set to start at 1 p.m. with the first event of the heptathlon slated for 1:30. The men’s and women’s hammer throw are also scheduled for Friday afternoon with the men’s javelin set for the evening.
A full two days of competition follow on Friday and Saturday with day two of the combined events. SFA will not be sending its high jumpers or distance runners this week to open outdoor season.
The Alabama Relays will bring in some top talent from across the South. The hosting Crimson Tide boast the NCAA champion in the 60 meters from last week’s indoor championship meet in Remona Burchell. She is the first female to win an indoor track and field title for Alabama.
Alabama’s men finished sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championship and the women finished 19th, pitting SFA up against elite competition to start the outdoor campaign.
The ‘Jacks return two qualifiers from the NCAA Outdoor Championship from a year ago. Cass Brown-Stewart is ready to run after redshirting the indoor season. He also ran a leg of last year’s 4x400 relay that made it to the NCAA Championship.
On the Ladyjacks’ side Madison Johnston is back in the javelin after advancing through the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds and advancing to the NCAA Championship last year as well.
After opening outdoor season at Alabama, SFA will return to familiar territory at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays next week.