SFA Records Three Titles at Leonard Hilton Meet
Jan. 18, 2008
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack men's track and field team finished second behind only Texas Friday night at the Leonard Hilton Invitational. The Ladyjacks scored 55 points to finish fifth overall, behind eventual team champion Rice.
Sophomore Frednisha Marshall got the 2008 indoor season out to a great start for SFA by recording a school-record throw of 60-6.50 in the weight throw. Marshall's toss was also good enough to finish first overall. But Marshall wasn't the only SFA athlete to bring home an individual title from the season-opening meet. Classmate Matt Langdon finished off an SFA sweep in the weight throw when he won his event with a throw of 57-0.25.
The reigning Southland Conference indoor high jump champion, Sumbo Adeniran, seems to have picked up this season where he left off the 2007 indoor campaign. The senior won the men's long jump with a mark of 23-6.00.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Andrews just missed an individual title in the shot put. One of the top rookie throwers in the league last season, Andrews finished second overall with a toss of 46-2.75. Andrews received tough competition from Marshall, who after setting her school record in the weight throw recorded a fourth-place finish in the shot put. Marshall recorded a mark of 44-10.25 in the event.
Other Ladyjacks who recorded top-five finishes Friday night were seniors Kristina Windham and Katrina Roundtree. Windham finished fourth in the pole vault clearing a height of 11-5.75, while Roundtree clocked a time of 26.13 to place fourth in the 200-meter dash.
The 'Jacks received strong performances from senior Geoffrey Carey, junior Aaron Harlan and freshman Ty Thomas. A 2007 NCAA Regional qualifier in the pole vault during the outdoor season, Carey kicked off the 2008 indoor campaign with a mark of 16-0.75. Carey finished the event in a three-way tie for third.
Harlan, who will compete in the multi events for SFA, displayed his strength in the 60-meter hurdles. After battling through an injury-riddled 2007 season, Harlan recorded a third-place finish crossing the line with a time of 8.08.
Thomas added to the SFA season-opening tally with his strong showing in the 60-meter dash. The Nacogdoches product recorded a time of 7.00 in the event to finish fifth overall.
SFA returns to action Friday, Jan. 25, when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Invitational. The two-day event will conclude Saturday afternoon.