Monteau, Morton Earn All-SLC Honors in 10,000
May 4, 2007
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition in the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Fletcher Garner Track. The Ladyjacks jumped out to the overall team lead, scoring 21points, after a strong 10,000-meter performance, while the `Jacks are atop the men's standings with 15 points. The Ladyjacks lead second-place Southeastern Louisiana, 21-18, heading into Saturday's action. The SFA men are leading Texas-Arlington, 15-11.
Senior Ashley Monteau and sophomore Amie Morton provided the Ladyjacks with a huge spark in the 10,000-meter run. Both athletes earned All-Southland Conference honors finishing second and third respectively. Monteau fought through a season-long injury to finish second overall in the race with a time of 36:28.44. Morton followed Monteau with a time of 36:52.14 to finish third overall.
Senior Marc Farris ended the track events with an all-conference finish in the men's 10,000 meters. Farris finished third overall with a time of 31:56.83. SFA's Tedla Fanta finished eighth in the race to add another point to the `Jacks' final day one tally. He crossed the finish line with a time of 32:34.70.
The `Jacks advanced three athletes into the finals of the men's hammer throw and came away with eight points. Redshirt freshman Matt Langdon led SFA with a fifth-place finish. Langdon recorded a throw of 173-7 to place in the top five. Langdon edged senior Darwin Johnson who finished sixth with a mark of 172-6. Freshman Martin Agoes finished eighth overall with a throw of 162-3.
Junior Markeshia Edwards and senior LaQuisha Houston scored six points in the women's hammer throw. Edwards finished fifth overall with a throw of 165-11. Houston recorded a throw of 157-5 to finish seventh overall.
Two Ladyjacks have put themselves in strong position to earn all-conference honors in the heptathlon. Senior Leah Matthews is currently third overall with a score of 2,916, while freshman Tabitha Riley is fourth (2,884 points) after the first day of competition. Matthews posted solid scores in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, finishing second and third respectively. Riley boosted her overall score with a second-place finish in the shot put. She recorded a toss of 35-6.75.
On the men's side, freshman Chris Jones is fifth after the first day of the decathlon. Jones surged into the top five after his throw of 44-0.00 in the shot put.
SFA will open the second day of competition in the SLC Championships Saturday at 9 a.m. SFA will conclude the heptathlon and decathlon, while the field events will begin at 1 p.m. with the men's long jump. The track events begin at 5 p.m. with the women's 1,500 meters.