2017 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14 • New Orleans, La. • Tad Gormley Stadium
Schedule • Live Results • Live Stream (Sunday only) • Performance Lists
NEW ORLEANS – Sam Houston State sets its sights on a clean sweep of the Southland Conference Track & Field Championships in 2017, opening the three-day outdoor meet on Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Action begins Friday with combined events getting underway at 9:30 a.m. for the men and 10:30 a.m. for the women. Field event finals begin at 10 a.m. while distance running event finals will start at 7:30 p.m.
Running event finals on Sunday will go from noon to 3:35 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Southland Digital Network, available via southland.org/live and the Southland Conference mobile apps.
The Sam Houston men's and women's squads boast a combined 41 top-five performances on the Southland Conference performance list including the top marks in both the 1,500 meters, led by Jeffrey Moore (3:46.94) and Nicole Aponte (4:27.55).
The squads own nine of the league's top marks this season, including Moore in the 800 meters (1:49.07), Ana Moreno in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:33.01), Hannah Callaway in the pole vault (13 feet, 4 ½ inches), Tristyn Allen in the triple jump (41 feet, 5 ¼ inches), Tasha Crosse in the discus (165 feet, 3 inches), Yarixza Rivera in the hammer throw (181 feet, 4 inches) and Baylee Lara in the heptathlon (4915).
Tyler Adams enters the weekend as a two-time outdoor champion (2015 high jump, 2016 decathlon). Anthony Garcia returns as the defending javelin champion. Moore is seeking to defend his outdoor title in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters. Kalvin Singletary enters as the defending hammer champion. Chris Jefferson has a league title under his belt as part of the 2014 4x100-meter relay squad.
Both Sam Houston teams captured the indoor title for a second-straight year, overcoming injuries while breaking away on the final day. The Sam Houston women are seeking their third outdoor title in four seasons and second consecutive after winning the event a season ago alongside 147 points.
The men, who have taken runner-up outdoors each of the last two seasons and have not finished lower than third the last four years, are in search of their first outdoor title since 2006.
Head coach David Self on the season and mentality entering the championships…
“We said the same thing indoors but it's more of a realization now. It has been a crazy injury-laden year. The kids believe. We all talked about how it could be done indoors and we came home with two trophies.”
Head coach David Self on the level of competition at the event…
“On the women's side, it's a three-team race. Whoever has the best day will win. We're all within three to four points on paper. We just have to rise to the occasion and get after it. On the men's side, we have to have a couple heroes. We need to have some guys rise to the occasion.”