HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston sophomore Tristyn Allen has been named Southland Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, following a strong performance this weekend in Frisco, the league office announced Wednesday.

Allen moved up to No. 20 nationally and first in the Southland Conference in the triple jump with a personal-best 42 feet, 6 ¼ inches. The mark allowed Allen to take first in her event at the Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Classic, coming against competitors from TCU, UT Arlington and SFA among others.

The Sealy product added a first-place performance in the long jump posting the league’s top spot on the weekend at 19 feet, 3 ½ inches, while checking in at second in the conference entering the Southland championships.

Both marks were a personal best for Allen while the triple jump mark ranks second in school history. In seven events this season between the long jump and triple jump, Allen has logged five top-three finishers including top results this past weekend as well as at the Aggie Team Invitational.

Sam Houston closes out its indoor slate in one week at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships from Birmingham, Ala. The women are seeking their third first-place finish in four years at the famed Birmingham CrossPlex.

QUOTABLES:
Head coach David Self on the weekend performance…
“It’s great when you see a kid putting it together at the end of the year where it counts for us. She has been progressing consistently. The 12.96 meters in the No. 2 jump in Sam Houston history. It’s great for her. She is a great kid so it’s exciting for her to take that into the conference meet.”

Head coach David Self on a sophomore to be performing at this level…
“After their sophomore years, you start to see athletes developing into a national-caliber player. The fact she is making some of those jumps now, she can take that into her training the next couple of years. It really bodes well for her future success.”

Head coach David Self on Allen’s contributions entering Southland championships…
“It’s going to be too close for comfort this year. The winning performance for the team championship could be 120 points this year. To have an athlete that could score 18 points that says a lot about what a big piece of the puzzle she is.”