Final Results

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second consecutive year, the Sam Houston State men’s and women’s track and field programs captured the Southland Conference Indoor Championships.

The two-day event concluded on Thursday as the men obliterated the previous-program best, raking in 142.5 points to win their second consecutive indoor title and second total overall.

The women overcame injuries leading into the event, capturing 127 total points for the program’s third in four years at the famed Birmingham CrossPlex. The indoor title was the fifth overall with all coming since 2007.

The Bearkat men won the event by 22 ½ team points with McNeese taking runner-up. Stephen F. Austin took home third (117.50 points). The women were a clear 30 points ahead of second-place Lamar (97) while third-place belonged to Northwestern State (96).

DAY 1
With four finals events taking place Wednesday, senior Chris Speaks earned six points, finishing third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:41.14. The Bearkat women also picked up three points on the women’s side as Olivia Olguin with a sixth-place 17:27.99.

On the field side, Yarixza Rivera and Kristine Hanks made noise in the weight throw, going 2-3 with a toss of 58 feet, 6 inches and 57 feet, 7 ¾ inches respectively. The men’s long jump followed as Tyler Adams took fifth (23 feet, ½ inch).

The Bearkat men made a strong impression in the pole vault as four vaulters scored points. Garrett Larson earned third (16 feet, 11 inches) while teammate Ashton Summers finished tied for fourth (16 feet, 1 ¼ inches). Bailey Henderson followed with three points in sixth (16 feet, 1 ¼ inches) and Jay Roberson went seventh, clearing 15 feet, 7 ¼ inches.

Sam Houston was led by a fourth-place finisher from Kalvin Singletary (55 feet, 7 ½ inches) in the shot put while Adams again impressed in the high jump, leaping 6 feet, 10 ¾ inches for second. The final field event of the day took place with the women’s long jump as Tristyn Allen and Morgan Heinrich each scored. Allen took fourth (19 feet, 4 inches) and Heinrich captured eighth (18 feet, 9 inches).

Sam Houston’s distance medley relay teams each captured third-place finishers to grab six points. Briana McCall, Jasmine Lewis, Jamie Eckford and Camry Grigsby posted a time of 12:11.74. Then men’s quartet of Chris Speaks, William Stark, Evan Arambula and Jeffrey Moore ran 10:04.43.

The hay was in the barn for Adams in the heptathlon. Adams took second in the 60-meter dash (7.10) followed in third by junior Kagan Angers (7.20). The junior took the top spot in the long jump (23 feet, 2 ¾ inches) and again in the high jump (6 feet, 10 ¼ inches).

In the pentathlon, Courtney Lord secured sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.14) while teammate Baylee Lara went fifth in her first Southland Indoor Championships in the high jump (5 feet, 3 ¼ inches). Lord secured a key second-place finisher in the long jump (18 feet, 5 ¼ inches) while Lara went sixth (17 feet, 7 ½ inches). Lord took sixth overall in the event at 3,497 points.

At the conclusion of the first day, the men tallied 44.50 points, trailing leader McNeese by 7 ½ points. The women were within reach of leader Lamar, trailing by four points with 32 total.

DAY 2
The Sam Houston men got off to a strong start Thursday courtesy of the weight throw. Kalvin Singletary took home gold with a toss of 63 feet, 3 ¼ inches while Aaron Akens secured fourth (58 feet, 1 ¼ inches), Joshua Hernandez found sixth (56 feet, 11 ¼ inches) and Michael Nichols took seventh (56 feet, 9 ¼ inches) allowing the Kats to add 20 total points in the event.

The women continued to chip away at Lamar’s lead thanks to a 10-point, first-place result from Tristyn Allen in the triple jump (40 feet, 9 ¾ inches). The sophomore was joined by Darian Bucknor in fourth with a leap of 39 feet, 9 ¼ inches.

The men’s heptathlon wrapped on the final day as Adams captured first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.41) and Jay Roberson took the top spot with a CrossPlex and Southland record in the pole vault (17 feet, 2 ¾ inches). Teammate Dylan Elliott went sixth (13 feet, 3 ½ inches).

The final event, the 1,000-meter run went to Adams (2:41.58) as the Bearkat secured a third-straight Southland Indoor pentathlon gold. His point-total of 5,463 marked a personal-best at the event. Roberson went fourth with a total of 4,860.

In the first running-event finals on Thursday, Baylee Lara picked up six points in the 60-meter hurdles with a fifth-place result (8.53). The men went 3-4 in the event, moving into a first-place lead. Freshman Fabian McCall captured third (8.13) and was followed by teammate William Stark in fourth (8.18).

Chris Jefferson paced action in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.70. The sophomore picked up his first league title after finishing third a season ago in the 200 meters. Meaghen Seales added a point in the 1-mile run (5:09.65) while Jeffrey Moore took home fourth on the men’s side at 4:15.79.

The women’s pole vault got underway at 1 o’clock as Hannah Callaway earned a strong result in her final Southland indoor meet, finishing second at 13 feet, 2 ¼ inches. Margarette Lassalle also earned two points, taking seventh at 11 feet, 4 ½ inches.

At the same time, Saige Revell took fifth in the triple jump (48 feet, 5 ½ inches). Two of the top-three spots belong to Sam Houston in the women’s high jump as Morgan Heinrich took second (5 feet, 6 inches) and Baylee Lara captured third (5 feet, 6 inches).

Kristine Hanks proved to be a key player in the shot put, taking the gold with a toss of 50 feet, 2 ¾ inches. The result marked Hanks’ second top-finish in the event at the league championships.

Five more points went the women’s way in the 400-meter dash as Kodii Church ran a third-place, 55.35, but the squad still found themselves 19 points behind Lamar with 58 total. The men continued to protect their lead, using four points from Lawrence Coleman in fifth (48.55).

The Bearkat women put together a breakthrough performance in the 800-meter dash, pulling to within three points of the lead as Briana McCall went first at 2:10.46 followed by runner-up teammate Camry Grigsby, the current meet record holder, at 2:12.06.

The men also earned the top spot in the event as Jeffrey Moore totaled 10 points, upping the squad’s lead to 25, at 1:51.46. The squad picked up two more points in the 200-meter dash as Chris Jefferson earned seventh at 21.92. The women drew to within one of Lamar in the event, taking four points in a fifth-place finisher from Melicha Smith (24.76).

Squaring off against 33 competitors in the 3,000 meters, Olivia Olguin took home eighth (10:04.73) and Hannah Tarrant secured 12th (10:20.02). Chris Speaks was dominant for the men, taking second and picking up eight points at 8:19.13 in the second while teammate Evan Armbula went 10th (8:33.90).

The final event of the day saw the Sam Houston women pull away further courtesy of a second-place, 3:45.57 from Megan Smith, Kodii Church, Briana McCall and Camry Grigsby in the 4x400-meter relay. The men added a sixth-place result in the event as Kevin Beasley, William Stark, Jeffrey Moore and Ethan Woods ran 3:16.66.

2017 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Final Team Standings

Men’s Team

Points

Women’s Team

Points

1. Sam Houston State

142.50

1. Sam Houston State

127

2. McNeese

120

2. Lamar

97

3. Stephen F. Austin

117.50

3. Northwestern State

96

4. UIW

55

4. Stephen F. Austin

93.50

5. Northwestern State

54

5. Abilene Christian

55

6. Southeastern Louisiana

36

6. McNeese

44

7. Lamar

30

7. Southeastern Louisiana

35

8. Abilene Christian

29

8. UIW

30

9. Central Arkansas

27

T9. Houston Baptist

22.50

10. Houston Baptist

21

T9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

22.50

11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

21

11. New Orleans

19

12. New Orleans

10

12. Central Arkansas

15.50

 

 

13. Nicholls

5

2017 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 Champions

Event

School

Name

Class

Distance/Time/Points

Men’s Heptathlon

Sam Houston State

Tyler Adams

Jr.

5,463

Men’s Weight Throw

Sam Houston State

Kalvin Singletary

Sr.

18.51m / 60-08.75

Women’s Triple Jump

Sam Houston State

Tristyn Allen

So.

12.44m / 40-09.75

Women’s Pole Vault

McNeese

Nicole Casper

Sr.

4.07m / 13-04.25

Men’s Triple Jump

McNeese

John Lemke

Sr.

15.60m / 51-02.25

Women’s High Jump

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sashane Hanson

So.

1.73m / 5-08.00

Women’s Shot Put

Sam Houston State

Kristine Hanks

Jr.

15.31m / 50-02.75

Women’s 60m Hurdles

Northwestern State

Daeshon Gordon

Jr.

8.20

Men’s 60m Hurdles

New Orleans

Michael Nicholls

So.

7.93

Women’s 60m

Lamar

Thai Williams

So.

7.47

Men’s 60m

Sam Houston State

Chris Jefferson

So.

6.70

Women’s Mile Run

Lamar

Evelyn Chavez

So.

4:56.83

Men’s Mile Run

McNeese

Christoph Graz

Sr.

4:11.46

Women’s 400m

Northwestern State

De’Shalyn Jones

Jr.

54.43

Men’s 400m

Southeastern Louisiana

Andre Colebrook

Sr.

48.22

Women’s 800m

Sam Houston State

Briana McCall

Sr.

2:10.46

Men’s 800m

Sam Houston State

Jeffrey Moore

Jr.

1:51.46

Women’s 200m

Stephen F. Austin

Imani Nave

Fr.

24.04

Men’s 200m

Northwestern State

Amir James

Jr.

21.15

Women’s 3000m

Abilene Christian

Michaela Hackett

Jr.

9:30.75

Men’s 3000m

McNeese

Nathan Jones

Jr.

8:17.77

Women’s 4x400m Relay

Northwestern State

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3:45.43

Men’s 4x400m Relay

Stephen F. Austin

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3:14.81