Complete Results

NEW ORLEANS – The Sam Houston State men used a late surge, capturing the squad's first Southland Conference Outdoor Championship since 2006 while sweeping the 2017 slate with a first-place result on Sunday afternoon to the tune of 179 points.

The women's team finished runner-up with 164.5 points, their fourth-straight season finished in the top-two outdoors. The squad finished just 1 ½ points behind Stephen F. Austin who totaled 166.

MEN'S RECAP
The men began their day with a second-place time of 40.33 in the 4x100-meter relay picking up eight points from the tandem of Fabian McCall, Lawrence Coleman, Bryan Henderson and Chris Jefferson. McCall took sixth (14.28) along with William Stark's fourth-place result (14.17) in the 110-meter hurdles to pick up eight points in the event.

Jeffrey Moore, the defending point leader outdoors, took first in both the 1,500-meter run (3:46.47) and well as the 800 meters (1:50.88). Elsewhere, Coleman added a runner-up finisher (46.71) in the 400-meter dash.

The Bearkats took home 12 more points in the 100-meter dash including 10 from Jefferson's first-place, 10.31 in the 100-meter dash. Henderson totaled a pair with a seventh-place result at 10.70. Jefferson continued his spectacular day, taking gold in the 200 meters (20.60).

Jay Roberson joined the medal stand in the pole vault with a third-place height of 16 feet, 11 ½ inches and Joshua Hernandez went second in the hammer throw with a distance of 207 feet, 10 inches.

The Bearkats took the lead entering the 4x400-meter relay and added to it as Zachary Gasca, Moore, Eric Pouncy and Ethan Woods ran 3:10.48 to pick up 10 points with SFA taking second in the event, extending their lead to 10 points over the Lumberjacks.

WOMEN'S RECAP
Sam Houston received a boost to open the day as Yarixza Rivera brought home first place in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 175 feet, 10 inches and soon thereafter, the 4x100-meter relay squad of Charity Thomas, Moesha Straughter, Jordan Grady and Melicha Smith took third at 45.84.

The Kats added 11 points in the 1,500-meter run as Nicole Aponte took home first with a time of 4:30.58 and Meaghen Seales went eight with a time of 4:46.99, pulling Sam Houston within ½ a point of leader Stephen F. Austin.

Aponte continued her strong day with a runner-up result in the 800-meter run (2:10.86) while Jamie Eckford took third (2:11.20) and Camry Grigsby finished sixth (2:14.93) for a grand total of 17 points and Sam Houston pulled ahead of SFA by 18 ½ points.

Grady added a second-place finisher in the 400-meter dash (54.30) to secure eight points as did Baylee Lara in the 100-meter hurdles (13.71), who continued her big weekend after taking home the heptathlon title roughly 24 hours prior.

Smith added a runner-up result in the 100-meter dash (11.67) to secure eight points and took fourth in the 200-meter dash (23.82) while Morgan Heinrich picked up a point in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 3 inches.

Ana Moreno and Olivia Olguin brought Sam Houston within 3 ½ points of SFA as Moreno captured the top spot in the 5,000 meters (17:39.75) and Olguin picked up a pair of points with a seventh-place, 17:55.60.

Sam Houston's 4x400-meter relay squad of Teona Spivey, Camry Grigsby, Kodii Church and Jordan Grady went runner-up with a time of 3:42.40.

QUOTEABLES:
Head coach David Self on the men's championship...
"What I told the guys last night was this was their way to make their mark. This is the first team to win indoors and outdoors together. We were very fortunate. We were so close so many times. I am proud of these guys. We are trying to figure out how this happened. I really thought the men would be runner-up. They just showed up to compete across the board. Nobody gave up. We just kept our foot on the gas and finished them off."

Head coach David Self on the women taking runner-up...
"We're a track and field program. Yes, we're a men's and women's team but we enjoyed and celebrated the victory on the men's side but we were also hurting on the women's side, especially a loss by that close. You can look at 50 other things that the outcome may have changed. They kept putting themselves in a position to win. Someone would rise up like Ana in the 5K. She stepped up and did her part. That's what championship programs are all about."

Head coach David Self on the senior class...
"The seniors that got done with their eligibilty today were from those years before we started winning. They went through some hard days. We were that team on the outside trying to win. They laid the foundation. Everyone just showed up to compete and wouldn't quit. I am very honored to have the opportunity to work with them. It has been a long, hard year but we ended it on a great note."

Final Team Standings

Men's Team

Points

Women's Team

Points

Sam Houston State

179

Stephen F. Austin

166

Stephen F. Austin

169

Sam Houston State

164.50

Southeastern Louisiana

90

Northwestern State

133

Northwestern State

89

Lamar

66

McNeese

67

McNeese

58

Abilene Christian

51

UIW

55.50

Houston Baptist

36

Southeastern Louisiana

47

Lamar

36

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

41

Central Arkansas

29

Abilene Christian

37

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

28

Houston Baptist

24.50

UIW

27

Central Arkansas

21

New Orleans

18

Nicholls

4.50

   

New Orleans

1

Day 3 Champions

Event

Name

School

Distance/Height/Time/Pts

Women's Hammer

Yarixza Rivera

Sam Houston State

175-10 (52.60m)

Men's High Jump

Zhafear Ray

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

6-09.50 (2.07m)

Men's Pole Vault

Devin King

Southeastern Louisiana

17-09.25 (5.42m)

Men's Hammer

Alexander Young

Southeastern Louisiana

228-04 (69.59m)

Women's High Jump

Sashane Hanson

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

5-08.75 (1.75m)

Women's 4x100m Relay

--

Northwestern State

45.30

Mens 4x100m Relay

--

Northwestern State

40.16

Women's 1500m

Nicole Aponte

Sam Houston State

4:30.58

Men's 1500m

Jeffrey Moore

Sam Houston State

3:46.47

Women's 100m Hurdles

Jerica Love

UIW

13.62

Men's 110m Hurdles

Michael Nichols

New Orleans

13.76

Women's 400m

Natashia Jackson

Northwestern State

53.85

Men's 400m

Will Gibson

Stephen F. Austin

46.60

Women's 100m

De'Shalyn Jones

Northwestern State

11.52

Men's 100m

Chris Jefferson

Sam Houston State

10.31

Women's 800m

Dominique Allen

UIW

2:10.59

Men's 800m

Jeffrey Moore

Sam Houston State

1:50.88

Women's 400m Hurdles

Tamara Style

Northwestern State

59.88

Men's 400m Hurdles

Andre Colebrook

Southeastern Louisiana

50.60

Women's 200m

De'Shalyn Jones

Northwestern State

23.16

Men's 200m

Chris Jefferson

Sam Houston State

20.61

Women's 5000m

Ana Moreno

Sam Houston State

17:39.75

Men's 5000m

Nathan Jones

McNeese

14:45.64

Women's 4x400m Relay

--

Northwestern State

3:42.40

Men's 4x400m Relay

--

Sam Houston State

3:10.48

Southland Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams (All Event Top-Three Finishers)

Event

First Team

Second Team

Third Team

Men's Discus

Josh Hunter, ACU

Ryan Simmons, ACU

Trenton Bridges, SFA

Men's Long Jump

Isaiah Pittman, SFA

Von Beaudoin, HBU

Deylon Key, NSU

Women's Long Jump

Deja Phillips, LU

Tristyn Allen, SHSU

Jasmyn Steels, NSU

Women's 10000m

Olivia Olguin, SHSU

Katja Woelfl, MCN

Evelyn Chavez, LU

Men's 10000m

Nathan Jones, MCN

Chris Speaks, SHSU

Alex Hernandez, SHSU

Women's Discus

Cori Runnels, NSU

Tasha Crosse, SHSU

Tierra Wilson, SFA

Men's Decathlon

Hunter Key, SFA

Kagan Angers, SHSU

Tanner Parks, SFA

Women's Heptathlon

Baylee Lara, SHSU

Madeline Kaufmann, SFA

Ashley Johnson, MCN

Women's Javelin

Kelsey Frank, NSU

Morgan Woods, MCN

Madeline Kaufmann, SFA

Men's Triple Jump

Brian O'Bonna, LU

Tylen Guidry, LU

Julian Maze, SLU

Men's Javelin

Gennard Paul, SLU

Donavon Banks, MCN

Anthony Garcia, SFA

Women's Triple Jump

Tristyn Allen, SHSU

Tijana Antic, MCN

Natayla Nance, HBU

Women's Pole Vault

Hannah McWilliams, AMCC

Kaylee Bizzell, SFA

Kenzie Walker, ACU

Women's 3000m SC

Jannika John, LU

Shelby Pesek, SFA

Christian Castaneda, UIW

Men's 3000m SC

Christoph Graf, MCN

Evan Arambula, SHSU

Chris Speaks, SHSU

Women's Shot Put

Ashley Davis, SLU

Destiney Myers, NSU

Diamond Thomas, AMCC

Men's Shot Put

Alexander Young, SLU

Nicholas Mitchell, UNO

Kyrin Tucker, NSU

Women's Hammer

Yarixza Rivera, SHSU

Natalia Redondo, SLU

Maggie Okul, SFA

Men's High Jump

Zhafear Ray, AMCC

Takudzwa Muchichwa, UCA

Noah Berney, SFA

Men's Pole Vault

Devin King, SLU

Antonio Ruiz, SFA

Jay Roberson, SHSU

Men's Hammer

Alexander Young, SLU

Josh Hernandez, SHSU

Derek Orlando, SFA

Women's High Jump

Sashane Hanson, AMCC

Quanese Jones-Young, NSU

Samara Hodges, HBU

Women's 4x100m Relay

Northwestern State

Southeastern Louisiana

Sam Houston State

Mens 4x100m Relay

Northwestern State

Sam Houston State

UIW

Women's 1500m

Nicole Aponte, SHSU

Taylor Anderson, SFA

Rana Ryan, SFA

Men's 1500m

Jeffrey Moore, SHSU

Quinlin McGregor, SFA

Garett Cortez, UIW

Women's 100m Hurdles

Jerica Love, UIW

Baylee Lara, SHSU

Braneshia Payton, NSU

Men's 110m Hurdles

Michael Nichols, UNO

Kerry Gleason, SFA/Marcel Keeton, UCA (Tie for 2nd)

 

Women's 400m

Natashia Jackson, NSU

Jordan Grady, SHSU

Kimone Green, ACU

Men's 400m

Will Gibson, SFA

Lawrence Coleman, SHSU

Tedrick Hawkins, SFA

Women's 100m

De'Shalyn Jones, NSU

Melicha Smith, SHSU

Chanissey Fowler, LU

Men's 100m

Chris Jefferson, SHSU

Micah Larkins, NSU

Amir James, NSU

Women's 800m

Dominique Allen, UIW

Nicole Aponte, SHSU

Jamie Eckford, SHSU

Men's 800m

Jeffrey Moore, SHSU

Olandis Johnson, MCN

Daniel Shelton, HBU

Women's 400m Hurdles

Tamara Style, NSU

Madison Morton, NSU

Dominique Jackson, SFA

Men's 400m Hurdles

Andre Colebrook, SLU

George Flaviano, NSU

Kerry Gleason, SFA

Women's 200m

De'Shalyn Jones, NSU

Imani Nave, SFA

Natashia Jackson, NSU

Men's 200m

Chris Jefferson, SHSU

Amir James, NSU

Micah Larkins, NSU

Women's 5000m

Ana Moreno, SHSU

Jannika John, LU

Evelyn Chavez, LU

Men's 5000m

Nathan Jones, MCN

Evan Arambula, SHSU

Frederico Gasbarri, LU

Women's 4x400m Relay

Northwestern State

Sam Houston State

Stephen F. Austin

Men's 4x400m Relay

Sam Houston State

Stephen F. Austin

Abilene Christian