SFA Men and Women Remain First at SLC Championships
May 15, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field teams will head into the final day of the 2010 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a lead. The `Jacks have scored 71 points and are taking a 13-lead into Sunday. The Ladyjacks have scored 90.5 points and will take a 56.5-point lead into Sunday. SFA was able to add to its lead on both sides by recording one individual title and nine all-conference performances between the two teams Saturday.
The Ladyjacks proved to be the league's toughest team in the long jump placing four athletes in the finals. Senior Silent-Joy Egboba-Waye just missed an individual title finishing second overall with a jump of 20-4.25. She just missed a conference title by three-quarters of an inch. Junior Camelia Sams was fifth (19-5.50), while freshman Crystal Walker was sixth (19-3.25). Junior Alicia Jackson was the fourth Ladyjack to advance to the finals in the event recording a mark of 18-5.25.
Senior Tabitha Riley followed up her individual title in the pentathlon at the SLC Indoor Championships, by winning the conference heptathlon title. She scored 4,939 points to win the event. Junior Ebbonye Johnson was the conference runner-up with 4,662 points.
The SFA decathletes almost recorded a similar feat. Senior Chris Jones led a trio of `Jacks in the top four. He recorded a score of 6,960 points to finish second and earn All-SLC honors. Classmate Aaron Harlan also earned all-conference honors by finishing third overall (6,756 points). Sophomore Andrew Plentl placed fourth overall (6,694 points).
The Lumberjacks closed out the day by scoring big points in the steeplechase. Sophomore Adam Saloom earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish. He posted a time of 9:12.92. Classmate Harmon McClanahan was the next athlete to cross the finish line (9:15.67). Sophomore Xavier Rodriguez was seventh overall with a time of 9:18.41, while freshman Alden Heaphy was eighth with a time of 9:21.32. Sophomore Randi Wymer recorded a second-place finish in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. She posted a time of 11:05.50 to earn all-conference honors in the event.
The Ladyjacks scored big points in the high jump led by sophomore Carrie Hahn who cleared a height of 5-5.75 to finish second overall. Johnson returned to action in the high jump to finish fifth overall (5-5.75). Riley was the third Ladyjack to score in the event. She finished eighth overall with a mark of 5-1.75.
The Ladyjacks added another all-conference finish in the shot put. Senior Frednisha Marshall earned all-league honors with her throw of 47-8.50 to finish third. Junior Kaitlyn Andrews finished fourth overall with a throw of 46-5.50. Sophomore Jon Arthur added a second-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 58-9.50. Classmate Kyle Bishop was eighth in the event with a throw of 47-7.00.
Freshman Josh Cravens added eighth-place finish in the men's long jump. Cravens recorded a jump of 23-4.75 in the event.
The men's javelin finished late Friday night. Junior Adam Wolfe finished among the league's top eight in event recording a throw of 183-9 to finish eighth.
The SFA men and women will go in search of a sweep Sunday with they return to action at Maverick Stadium. The meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women's pole vault. The track events are slated to begin at 5:05 p.m. with the finals of the women's 400-meter relay.