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Six Kats Named To 50th Anniversary Team
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Release: 12/21/2013
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Six Bearkat track and field standouts have been named to the Southland Conference 50th Anniversary All-Time Men’s Indoor Track & Field honor roll.

The men’s honor roll includes 101 elite student-athletes in the sport going back to 1970, even though the Southland held its first indoor championship meet in 1980.

Joining the list of honor roll members from Sam Houston are Joe Amburn, Courtney Boston, Michael Courtney, Chris Gonzales, Shane Stewart and Raul Villarreal.

Amburn won four indoor gold medals from 2000-03 in the mile and distance medley. Boston was a two-time champion in both the 60 and 200 meters in 2002-04. Courtney won gold twice in the 400 meters and ran on two championship 4x400 relays in 2006-2010. Gonzales won the league shot put championship in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Stewart was a three-time pole vault gold medalist in 1996-99. Villlarreal took first places in both the 3,000 and 5,000 events.

The Conference selected those performers that had multiple accomplishments during their careers, including numerous conference championships won, records set, NCAA and national championships, and participation in international competition.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE 50th ANNIVERSARY

All-time Men’s Indoor Track & Field Honor Roll

 

RUNNING EVENTS

SPRINTS (55-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Dash, 60-Yard Dash, 200-meter Dash, 440-Yard Dash, 400-Meter Dash):

Courtney Boston, Sam Houston State

2002 and 2004 SLC Indoor 200-Meters Champion; 2002 SLC Indoor 60-Meters Champion

Steven Brown, Texas-San Antonio

2008 SLC Indoor 200-Meters Champion; 2008 SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer (24); 2008 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year

Cass Brown-Stewart, Stephen F. Austin

2012 SLC Indoor 400-Meters Champion; 2012 and 2013 Member of SFA’s SLC Indoor winning 4x400 relay team

Leonard Byrd, Texas-San Antonio

1994 SLC Indoor 400-Meters Champion, and set event meet record in preliminary round (47.34)

Elston Cawley, Texas-Arlington

1996 and 1997 SLC Indoor 200-Meters Champion; 1997 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer and High-Point Scorer (23); 1997 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; Set all-time SLC Indoor Record in 200-Meter Dash (20.64 in 1998); 1998 Indoor 200-Meters All-American

Jared Connaughton, Texas-Arlington

2006 and 2007 SLC Indoor 200-Meters Champion; 2006 SLC Indoor Meet Co-High-Point Scorer (2006); 2006 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year

Brian Cooper, McNeese State (Listed in Jumps Section also)

1985, 1986 and 1987 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1988 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer; Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in Long Jump (26-01.50 in 1987); Owns all-time SLC Indoor Records in 60-Meter Dash (6.05 in 1988 SLC meet) and Long Jump (26-11.75 in 1987)

Michael Courtney, Sam Houston State

2008 and 2010 SLC Indoor 400-Meters Champion; Set All-Time SLC Indoor Record in 400-Meters (46.56); 2010 Indoor 400-Meters All-American

Kevin Ellis, Stephen F. Austin

1995 SLC Indoor 55-Meter Hurdles Champion; 1995 55-Meter Hurdles All-American

Cordero Gray, Texas-Arlington

2011 SLC Indoor 60-Meters and 200-Meters Champion

Shannon Grover, Southeastern Louisiana

Owns SLC Indoor Meet Record in 200-Meters (21.50 in 2012)

Ravyn Hayward, Northwestern State

2005, 2006 and 2007 SLC Indoor 60-Meter Dash Champion

J.D. Henry, Northwestern State

2006 60-Meter Hurdles and 200-Meters Champion; 2005 (20) and 2006 (18) SLC Indoor Meet Co-High-Point Scorer

Doug Hinds, Lamar

1981 and 1982 SLC Indoor 440-Yard Dash Champion

Patrick James, Texas-Arlington

2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor 400-Meters Champion

Kevin Loyd, Louisiana Tech

1986 and 1987 SLC Indoor 60-Yard Dash Champion; Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in event in 1986 (6.20)

Joel McCray, Texas-Arlington

1991 and 1992 SLC Indoor 400-Meters Champion; 1991 SLC Indoor 55-Meters Champion

McClinton Neal, Texas-Arlington

1988, 1989 and 1990 SLC Indoor 400-Meters Champion, 1990 Indoor 55-Meter Hurdles All-American, 1990 SLC Indoor 55-Meter Hurdles Champion

Ronnie Powell, Northwestern State

1997 and 1998 SLC Indoor 55-Meters Champion; 1999 SLC Indoor 60-Meters Champion: 1998 SLC Indoor 200-Meters Champion; 1998 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer and Co-High-Point Meet Scorer (20); 1998 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 1998 Indoor 55-Meters All-American

Clayton Vaughn, Texas-Arlington

2012 SLC Indoor 60-Meters Champion; 2011 Freshman of the Year

Teddy Williams, Texas-San Antonio

2008, 2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor 60-Meter Dash Champion; 2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor 200-Meters Champion; 2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer; 2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 2009 and 2010 Indoor 60-Meters All-American; Set all-time SLC Indoor Record in 60-Meter Dash (6.59 in 2009); Owns SLC Indoor Meet Record in 60-Meter Dash (6.64 in 2009)

 

MIDDLE & LONG DISTANCES (600-Yard Run, 880-Yard Run, 800-Meter Run, 1000-Yard Run; Mile Run, 3000-Meter Run, Two-Mile Run, Three-Mile Run, 5000-Meter Run):

Julian Acuna, Stephen F. Austin

2005 SLC Indoor 3000-Meters and 5000-Meters Champion; 2005 SLC Indoor Meet Co-High-Point Scorer (20); 2005 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year

Joe Amburn, Sam Houston State

2002 and 2003 Mile Run Champion

Randy Arias, Texas State

2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor 5000-Meters Champion; 2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor 3000-Meters Champion; 2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer; 2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year

Roger Barker, Louisiana Tech

1981 and 1983 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion; 1981 and 1983 SLC Indoor Two-Mile Run Champion; 1980, 1981 and 1983 Three-Mile Run Champion; In 1983, set SLC Indoor Meet Records in Two-Mile Run (8:55.10) and Three-Mile Run (13:42.29)

Terence Beach, Texas-Arlington

1993 and 1994 SLC Indoor 800-Meter Run Champion

Larry Brooks, Texas-San Antonio

2007 SLC Indoor 800-Meters Champion; 2007 Indoor 800-Meters All-American

Clinton Bufuku, Texas-Arlington

1994 and 1995 SLC Indoor 55-Meters Champion

Grover Burnham, Lamar

1982 and 1983 SLC Indoor 880-Yard Run Champion

Dylan Fugitt, North Texas

1989 and 1991 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion; 1989, 1990 and 1991 SLC Indoor Two-Mile Run Champion

Francis Kasagule, Lamar

2007, 2008 and 2009 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion; 2007 3000-Meters Champion; 2007 and 2008 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer; 2007 (22.5) and 2009 (20.5) SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer; 2007 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; Owns SLC Indoor All-Time Record in Mile Run (4:02.16 in 2009) and 3,000-Meter Run (8:01.19 in 2009); 2007 SLC Indoor Freshman of the Year

Samuel Kosgei, Lamar

2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor 3000-Meters Champion; 2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor 5000-Meters Champion; 2009 Indoor 5000-Meter All-American

Rodger Krueger, Texas-Arlington

1992 and 1994 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion

Dennis Moynihan, Texas State

1995 SLC Indoor 3000-Meter and 5000-Meter Run Champion

Muriuki Ngatia, Louisiana Tech

1985 and 1986 SLC Indoor Two-Mile Run Champion; 1987 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion

Jonah Ngeny, North Texas

1987 and 1988 SLC Indoor Two-Mile Run Champion; 1988 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion

David Peltier, Texas-Arlington

1984 and 1986 SLC Indoor 600-Yard Run Champion

Jason Potter, Stephen F. Austin

2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor 800-Meter Run Champion

David Rooney, McNeese State

2011 and 2013 SLC Indoor 5000-Meters Champion; 2013 SLC Indoor 3000-Meters Champion; 2013 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer and Co-High-Point Scorer (20); Set SLC Indoor All-Time Record in 5000-Meters (13:46.25 in 2011 SLC meet)

Henry Rop, Southeastern Louisiana

2008 SLC Indoor 5000-Meters Champion; 2008 SLC Indoor Newcomer of the Year

Joseph Sainah, Texas-Arlington

1989 and 1990 SLC Indoor 800-Meter Run Champion; 1990 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion; 1990 SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer (22.5); 1990 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 1990 Indoor 800-Meters All-American; Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in 800-Meters (1:48.82)

Henrik Skoog, Texas-Arlington

1999 3000-Meters Champion; 1999 SLC Indoor Meet Co-High-Point Scorer (18); 1999 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year

Shadrack Songok, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

2008 SLC Indoor 3000-Meters Champion; 2008 NCAA Indoor 5000M National Champion (13:51.26), 2008 Indoor 5000-Meters All-American; Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in 3000-Meters (8:08.81 in 2008)

Escoffrey Thomas, Texas-Arlington

1997 and 1988 SLC Indoor 800-Meters Champion; Set SLC Indoor All-Time Record in 800-Meters (1:48.50 in 1997)

Sammy Umberhagen, Texas State

1996 SLC Indoor 3000-Meter and Mile Run Champion; Set SLC Indoor Meet Mile Run record (4:04.82 in 1996)

Raul Villareal, Sam Houston State

2004 SLC Indoor 3000-Meter and 5000-Meter Run Champion

Joe Wade, Lamar

2011 SLC Indoor 800-Meter Run Champion; 2012 and 2013 SLC Indoor Mile Run Champion

Kenny Wilson, Arkansas State

1983 and 1985 SLC Indoor 1000-Yard Run

 

HURDLES (55-Meter Hurdles, 60-Meter Hurdles, 60-Yard Hurdles):

Sansiski Daniels, Texas-Arlington

1983, 1984 and 1985 Indoor 55-Meter Hurdles All-American, 1985 SLC Indoor 60-Yard Dash Champion; 1984 and 1985 SLC Indoor 60-Yard Hurdles Champion; Owns all-time SLC Indoor Record in 55-Meter Hurdles (7.07 in 1984); Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in 60-Yard Hurdles (7.16 in 1984)

Kevin Ellis, Stephen F. Austin

1995 Indoor 55-Meters All-American, 1995 SLC Indoor 55-Meter Hurdles Champion

Thomas Hill, Arkansas State

1970 NCAA Indoor 60-Yard Hurdles National Champion (6.09, then an NCAA record), 1970 Indoor 60-Yard Hurdles All-American

Carl Johnson, Texas-San Antonio

2001, 2002 and 2003 SLC Indoor 60-Meter Hurdles Champion; 2003 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer; Set SLC Indoor All-Time and Meet Record in 60-Meter Hurdles (7.81 in 2003)

Nick McCloud, Stephen F. Austin

2010 and 2011 SLC Indoor 60-Meter Hurdles Champion; 2009 SLC Indoor Freshman of the Year

Keevan Mills, Texas State

1992, 1993 and 1994 SLC Indoor 55-Meter Hurdles Champion; 1992 and 1994 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1992 SLC Indoor Meet Co-Outstanding Track Performer; 1992 (21) and 1994 (27) SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer; 1992 and 1994 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; Set SLC Indoor Meet 55-Meter Hurdles Record (7.24 in 1993)

Will Vese, Texas-San Antonio

2007, 2008 and 2009 SLC Indoor 60-Meter Hurdles Champion

 

FIELD EVENTS

JUMPS (Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault):

Charles Austin, Texas State

1990 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion; Shares SLC Indoor Meet High Jump Record (7-06.00); 1989 and 1990 Indoor High Jump All-American

Terrance Bean, Northwestern State

1994 and 1995 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion

Earl Bell, Arkansas State

1975 NCAA Indoor PV National Champion (17-02.00); 1976 NCAA Indoor PV National Champion (18-00.25), 1975, 1976 and 1977 Indoor Pole Vault All-American

Kenta Bell, Northwestern State

1998 and 2000 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1997, 1998 and 2000 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 1998 and 2000 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 1998 SLC Indoor Meet Co-High-Point Scorer (20); 2000 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in Triple Jump (54-03.25 in 2000); 1998 and 2000 Indoor Triple Jump All-American

Keith Benford, Texas-San Antonio

2010, 2011 and 2012 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion: 2012 Indoor High Jump All-American; 2010 SLC Indoor Freshman of the Year

Rodney Black, Stephen F. Austin

1995 Indoor Triple Jump All-American

Brian Brown, Northwestern State

1988 and 1989 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion; Owns SLC Indoor All-Time Record in High Jump (7-06.50 in 1988); Shares SLC Indoor Meet High Jump record (7-06.00 in 1990); 1988 SLC Indoor Meet Co-Outstanding Field Performer; 1990 NCAA Indoor High Jump National Champion (7-08.00); 1989 and 1990 Indoor High Jump All-American

LaMark Carter, Northwestern State

1992 and 1993 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 1993 SLC Indoor 55-Meters Champion; 1992 and 1993 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 1993 SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer (28); 1993 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 1993 Indoor Triple Jump All-American

Brian Cooper, McNeese State (Listed in Sprints Section also)

1985, 1986 and 1987 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1988 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Track Performer; Set SLC Indoor Meet Record in Long Jump (26-01.50 in 1987); Owns all-time SLC Indoor Records in 60-Meter Dash (6.05 in 1988 SLC meet) and Long Jump (26-11.75 in 1987)

Thomas Eriksson, Lamar

1982, 1984 and 1985 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion; 1984 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1985 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion

Andre Ester, Louisiana-Monroe

1988 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1987 NCAA Indoor Long Jump National Champion (26-08.25); 1988 NCAA Indoor Long Jump National Champion (26-04.25); 1987 and 1988 Indoor Long Jump All-American

Brad Gebauer, McNeese State

2007 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion; 2007 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault National Champion (18-00.50), 2007 Indoor Pole Vault All-American; 2007 SLC Indoor Newcomer of the Year

Jerry Harris, Louisiana-Monroe

1990 and 1991 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1990 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 1990 and 1991 Indoor Long Jump All-American

Wade Hayes, Texas-Arlington

2008, 2009 and 2010 Indoor Pole Vault Champion

Scott Hennig, Texas State

1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion

Ronald Johnson, Texas-Arlington

1988 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 1988 SLC Indoor Meet Co-Outstanding Field Performer; 1988 Indoor Triple Jump All-American

Ronald Jones, Texas State

1991 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 1993 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1991 SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer (24); 1991 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year

Al Joyner, Arkansas State

1982 and 1983 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; Set SLC Indoor All-Time Record in Triple Jump (55-00.75); 1981 and 1983 Indoor Triple Jump All-American; 1982 Indoor 60-Yard Hurdles All-American

Adam Keul, Stephen F. Austin

2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion; Owns SLC Indoor All-Time Record in Pole Vault (18-07.50 in 2001); 2001 and 2002 Indoor Pole Vault All-American

Gordon McKee, Texas State

1989 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1989 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 1989 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer and High-Point Scorer (26); 1989 Indoor Long Jump All-American

Chris Olsson-O’Neil, Stephen F. Austin

Finished third nationally in 1996 NCAA Indoor High Jump; 1996 Indoor High Jump All-American; Finished fifth in high jump at 1995 U.S. Indoor Championships

Paul Pilla, Arkansas State

1980 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion; 1979 Indoor Pole Vault All-American

Tommy Richards, Stephen F. Austin

1993 and 1994 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion

Michael Roberson, McNeese State

1996 and 1997 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion; 1997 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 1996 NCAA Indoor High Jump National Champion (7-05.25), 1996 High Jump All-American

Gilbert Smith, Texas-Arlington

1980, 1981 and 1982 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1980 and 1982 SLC Indoor 60-Yard Dash Champion; 1982 NCAA Indoor Long Jump National Champion (24-10.50), 1981 and 1982 Indoor All-American; 1980 and 1982 SLC Indoor 60-Yard Dash Champion

Nat Sowell, Louisiana-Monroe

1995 and 1996 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 1995 and 1996 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 1995 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 1995 and 1996 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 1995 and 1996 Indoor Long Jump All-American; 1995 and 1996 Indoor Triple Jump All-American

Mike St. Julien, McNeese State

1993 and 1994 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion

Shane Stewart, Sam Houston State

1997, 1998 and 1999 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion

Steve Stubblefield, Arkansas State

1982 and 1984 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion

Paul Todd, Stephen F. Austin

2000, 2001 and 2004 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion

Brian Veal, Texas State

2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion; 2003 and 2004 SLC Indoor Triple Jump Champion; 2003 and 2004 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 2003 SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer (20); 2003 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 2003 and 2004 Indoor Long Jump All-American

Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts

2013 SLC Indoor Pole Vault Champion; Set SLC Indoor Meet Pole Vault Record (18-04.75 in 2013); 2013 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 2013 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 2013 Indoor Pole Vault All-American

Tyler Williamson, Texas-San Antonio

2011 and 2012 SLC Indoor Long Jump Champion

 

THROWS (Shot Put, Weight Throw):

Jon Arthur, Stephen F. Austin

2013 SLC Indoor Shot Put and Weight Throw champion

Steve Cate, Louisiana Tech

1986 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion, setting all-time and event record (65-01.50)

David Estes, Louisiana-Monroe

1999 and 2000 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion

Richard Garrett, Texas-San Antonio

2011 and 2012 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion; 2011 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 2011 Indoor Shot Put All-American

Chris Gonzalez, Sam Houston State

2001, 2002 and 2003 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion

Brian Gower, Texas-Arlington

1981 and 1982 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion

Christoph Koch, Louisiana-Monroe

1989 NCAA Indoor 35-Pound Weight Throw National Champion (69-05.50), 1989 Indoor Hammer Throw All-American

Robert Mellin, Texas State

2007 Shot Put and Weight Throw Champion; 2007 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer

Adonson Shallow, Southeastern Louisiana

2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor Weight Throw Champion; 2010 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion; 2009 and 2010 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; Holds SLC Indoor All-Time and Meet Record in Weight Throw (68-11.75 in 2010); 2011 Indoor Weight Throw All-American; 2009 SLC Indoor Newcomer of the Year

Byron Tate, Texas State

2003 and 2004 SLC Indoor Shot Put Champion

 

COMBINED EVENTS (Pentathlon, Heptathlon):

Brandon Buteaux, Texas-San Antonio

2005 and 2006 SLC Indoor Heptathlon Champion; 2005 Indoor Heptathlon All-American

Romain Martin, Texas-Arlington

2011 and 2012 SLC Indoor Heptathlon Champion; Set SLC Indoor All-Time Record in Heptathlon (5,880 in 2012); Holds SLC Indoor Meet Heptathlon Points Record (5,728 in 2011); 2012 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer; 2012 SLC Indoor Meet High-Point Scorer (22); 2011 and 2012 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 2011 and 2012 Indoor Heptathlon All-American

Tommy Wolfe, Texas-San Antonio

2008 and 2009 SLC Indoor Heptathlon Champion

Justin Youngblood, Texas-San Antonio

2001 and 2002 SLC Indoor Pentathlon Champion; Set SLC Indoor Meet Pentathlon Points Record (4,003 in 2002); 2004 SLC Indoor Heptathlon Champion; 2002 SLC Indoor High Jump Champion; 2002 SLC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Performer and High-Point Scorer (30, SLC Indoor Meet Record); 2004 SLC Indoor Meet Co-High-Point Scorer (20.5); 2004 SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year; 2004 Indoor Heptathlon All-American

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