Ladyjacks go in search of fourth-straight outdoor title.
May 9, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team will travel to San Marcos, Texas, Friday for the opening day of competition at the 2012 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships. The Ladyjacks who have already set a conference record with seven-straight league titles, will go in search of the fourth-straight outdoor title, while the 'Jacks will be looking for their second consecutive outdoor title.
The meet will begin Friday at 10 a.m. with the opening events of the heptathlon, while the decathlon will get started at 10:30 a.m. There will be two field event finals and one track final on the opening day as well. The women's hammer throw will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the men's while women's javelin will begin at 3 p.m. The lone track final will be the 10,000 meters. The women's race will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the men's race at 9:15 a.m.
The Ladyjacks will be led by a host of athletes favored to win individual titles. Senior Mary Dickerson is the top 400-meter athlete in the conference, and will also run the anchor leg of the league's top 1,600-meter relay team. SFA has four athletes among the high jump's top eight, including the top three marks in the conference. Both senior Carrie Hahn and freshman Melai Carter have cleared a height of 5-7.75 to sit atop the conference, just three-quarters of an inch ahead of freshman Ashley Gadson. In addition to the high jump, SFA will look for big points in the steeplechase where they currently have the top-two marks (Laurie Byrd - 10:57.60; Randi Plentl - 10:57.78). Sophomore Chelsea Stephen enters the meet as the league's top 100-meter hurdler (13.54).
On the men's side, SFA will be led by sophomore Cass Brown. One of the school's all-time top 400-meter sprinters. Brown has the league's top time in the event, and also runs a leg of the league's top 1,600-meter relay team. Classmate Jamal Peden is a threat to win titles in long and triple jumps. Peden currently has the league's top mark in the triple, and is second in the long jump. Senior Dennis Yeats will be competing for a title in the 10,000-meter run. He enters the meet with the league's second fastest time.
The second day of competition will begin Saturday morning with the conclusion of the multi-events. The decathlon will get started at 9 a.m., while heptathlon will get started at 10 a.m.