Southland Indoor Track and Field Championships Begin Wednesday

first_imgThe championship meet will start Wednesday with the men’s and women’s multi-events at 8:30 a.m. Select field events will start Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. with the preliminary rounds of running events beginning at 3:00 p.m. On Thursday, field events resume at 11:00 a.m. with running-event finals beginning after the opening ceremony at noon. Team championship trophies and the meet’s top male and female high-point scorer will be presented at approximately 5:00 p.m. The SFA women’s squad returns junior La’Tricia Griffin, who scored 18 points to earn the outstanding field performer at last year’s championship. The West Columbia, Texas, native, claimed the shot put title with a throw of 49 feet, 10.50 inches and placed second in the weight throw. The Ladyjacks also return sophomore Chasity Clark, the 2013 women’s freshman of the year, who won the 200-meter dash and junior Melia Carter, who captured the high jump title. Coach Phil Olson was tabbed the men’s and women’s coach of the year after his Ladyjacks scored 173 points at the championships, seven shy of the league record.McNeese State La’Shantena Rounds will look to become the first three-time champion in the weight throw since SFA’s Frednisha Marshall (2008-10). The senior from Baton Rouge, La., won the event to help the Cowgirls finish third. Rounds has the best mark in the Southland this season with a heave of 68 feet, 9 inches, which currently ranks 11th in the country. Lamar leads the men’s teams in number of indoor track and field championships with six while Northwestern State has four and Stephen F. Austin has two. Only two current Southland schools have claimed titles on the women’s side as Stephen F. Austin has seven and Sam Houston State has won two championships.This year’s championship will feature a record number of teams with 14 league members competing for the conference title. Four new schools will participate this year with the additions of Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, UIW and New Orleans to the conference at the start of the 2013-14 season. The SFA men won its second league championship last year and first since 2005. SFA was in a close battle with Sam Houston as the Lumberjacks only won by 4.5 points, scoring 124 to the Bearkats 119.5. This year’s Lumberjack squad returns senior Colton Ross and junior Cody Rhodes. Both Ross and Rhodes finished second at last year’s championships in the pole vault and heptathlon, respectively. Ross, the Grand Saline, Texas, native, has a mark of 17 feet, 6.5 inches, which is tied for 18th in the country. Rhodes who hails from Houston, Texas, owns the best mark in the heptathlon with 4,982 points.Northwestern State senior Justin Walker has the top time in the 60-meter dash at 6.76 seconds while Abilene Christian sophomore Johnathan Farquarshon holds the best mark in the 200-meter dash at 21.47. Sam Houston State junior Rodney Jones 400-meter time of 47.18 is the top mark in the Southland. CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRAL McNeese senior Jasmine Webb has the best time in the league this season in the 60-meter dash while Abilene Christian’s senior Reyare Thomas has the top time in the 200-meter dash. Oral Roberts sophomore Madison Reynolds placed second in the 400-meter dash last season and currently holds the conference’s leading mark with a time of 54.52.Sam Houston State junior Lygia Foreman is the defending 400-meter champion and has the second best time in the league behind ORU Reynolds. Sophomore teammate Ana Moreno ran the 5,000-meter race in 18:10.94 at the Howie Ryan Invitational to hold the best mark in the conference. Bearkat sophomore Lauren Nwegbo leads the league in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 40-0. Southeastern Louisiana will look for major points in the throwing events with the return of senior Jeff Milliron and junior Jonathan Kinchen. Milliron and Kinchen both have weight throw marks that rank in the top 25 in the country. Kinchen’s toss of 67-9 has him ranked 18th while Milliron’s throw of 67-6 has him at 21st. The Stephen F. Austin women are in search of their sixth consecutive title and eighth in 10 years. On the men’s side, SFA will look to become the first team to repeat as champions since former Southland member Texas-San Antonio, which won seven consecutive titles (2006-2012). FRISCO, Texas – The 2014 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held Wednesday through Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The facility is one of only six 200-meter hydraulically banked tracks designed by Mondo in the United States and one of eight in the world. Lamar junior Sam Stabler has notched the conference best times in two running events this season. His mile time of 3:59.33 currently ranks eighth in the country while his time of 8.00.64 in the 3,000-meters ranks 22nd.Sam Houston State senior Charles White leads the conference in the triple jump with a distance of 51-0.75, which ranks 24th in the country. Senior teammate Matthew Viverette will look to be the first repeat champion in the 60-meter hurdles since SFA’s Nick McCloud (2010, 2011).Northwestern State’s junior Emmanuel Williams claims the top spot in the long jump at 24-9 and he has a triple jump mark of 50-1.75, which ranks second in the conference behind Sam Houston State’s White. Southeastern Louisiana senior Nia Stewart currently holds the best mark in the long jump at 19-6 while defending champion, senior Jasmine Cornelius from McNeese, sits in second at 18-10.5. New Orleans freshman Sofia Johnsson currently holds the top mark in the pentathlon with 3,543 points.last_img