SFA T&F Receives National Attention
May 20, 2013
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack track and field team enters the 2013 NCAA Preliminary meet ranked sixth in the South Central Region according to the USTFCCCA. After another strong showing at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, the 'Jacks are ranked 42nd nationally in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Team Computer Rankings.
"Being ranked ahead of teams like Houston, Baylor and TCU means lot to every member of the team," said 2013 SLC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year Phil Olson. "Our athletes have put in a lot of hard work during practice and it's nice to see their work getting recognized on a national level. This should make everyone proud to be a Lumberjack."
The 'Jacks enter the 2013 NCAA Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas with several athletes ranked among the top 20 regionally in their respective events, and three athletes, and a relay team ranked among the region's top 10. Senior Jon Arthur leads the way for SFA currently ranked among the nation's top 40 in two events. Arthur is No. 3 nationally in the shot put and 40th in the hammer throw, while junior Colton Ross is ranked eighth in the country in the pole vault. Both Arthur and Ross competed at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships back in March with Ross earning second-team All-America honors.
Junior Cass Brown-Stewart has recorded some fast times for the 'Jacks in several events this season. He is ranked 38th nationally in the 400 meters, 49th in the 200 meters and runs the anchor leg for the 'Jacks' 1,600-meter relay team that is ranked 20th. Classmate Jamal Peden is another athlete who has found a great deal of success in multiple events this season. He enters the preliminary meet ranked 18th in the long jump and 48th in the triple jump. SFA also has a second athlete ranked among the nation's top 50 in the pole vault. Sophomore Cameron Meyer is currently ranked 48th in the event. Seniors Nick McCloud and Adam Saloom will be factors in the 110-meter hurdles and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively, while sophomore Josh Taylor is one of the region's top-48 400-meter hurdlers.
"When I arrived at SFA we had a goal of building SFA into not only a conference power, but into a national-level program as well," said Olson. "I wanted SFA to be one of the top mid-major programs in the country. This season we are one of those teams."
SFA will be in Austin, Texas, Thursday to open up the NCAA Preliminary meet. The three-day event will determine the athletes who will be advancing to the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.