2017 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Day 1 Compiled Results • Live ResultsChampionship Central 

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14 • New Orleans, La. • Tad Gormley Stadium

NEW ORLEANS – The Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships were hampered by tumultuous weather and consistent delays on Friday. Despite wrapping around 11 p.m., nearly 14 hours after it began, Sam Houston State thrived.

The Sam Houston men and women each sit in second place and positioned themselves favorably in both the decathlon and heptathlon heading into Saturday. The men have accumulated 22 points, seven behind leader Stephen F. Austin, while the women tallied 18 points, three back of Lamar.

Olivia Olguin captured the top spot in the 10,000-meter run with a mark of 36:59.39. The senior entered the championships at No. 6 on the Southland's performance list but edged McNeese's Katja Woelfl at the finish line as competition resumed following another lengthy delay.

The men captured 16 points in the 10,000-meter run led by Chris Speaks' runner-up time of 31:.27.64. Alex Hernandez followed suit in third at 31:27.54 while Grant Buley took home seventh with a final time of 32:24.92.

Tristyn Allen continued her surge in the long jump during the outdoor season, taking runner-up with a distance of 19 feet, 5 ½ inches to secure eight points for the Bearkats.

Baylee Lara concluded the first day of the heptathlon in the top spot to the tune of 3,064 points. The freshman took first in both the 100-meter hurdles (13.83) and the 200-meter dash (24.97) as well as third in the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) to highlight action.

Kagan Angers sits in second in the decathlon through five events at 3,596 points, just 26 off the lead. Angers posted first-place results in the first two events including the 100-meter dash (11.03) and long jump (22 feet, 9 ¾ inches).

The junior added a third-place mark of 38 feet, 8 ¼ inches in the shot put and third-place result of 51.36 in the 400-meter dash as well as a sixth-place finisher in the high jump (5 feet, 9 ¼ inches).

The Sam Houston men picked up six points in the long jump as Dylan Elliott took home four points with a fifth-place, personal-best 23 feet, 3 ½ inches, and Angers grabbed two points with a seventh-place mark of 22 feet, 11 inches.

Despite scattered rain, competition got underway on time at 9:30 a.m. before a lightning delay was called at 10:30, suspending competition until around 2 p.m. Lightning pushed back competition two more times in the late afternoon, forcing the postponement of seven finals events.

Those events include the women's discus (8:30 a.m.), javelin (1:45 p.m.), triple jump (5 p.m.), pole vault (5 p.m.) and shot put (6:30 p.m.) along with the men's javelin (4:30 p.m.) and shot put (6:30 p.m.).

QUOTEABLES:
Head coach David Self on the opening day performances…
“What a great start to the event. In the men's long jump we were scheduled to get zero. Dylan Elliott has been hurt and the kid comes out and gets fifth place. That's four unaccounted points. The same thing with Kagan who is running back and forth between two events. If things like that continue to happen we'll be in a good situation. We've had people at the stadium since 9 a.m. this morning. I think we are through the worst part of the weather. We definitely set the tone the first day.”

Head coach David Self on the men's and women's 10,000 meters…
“The women's 10K was just wide open. We had no idea what would happen. We knew it would be hot and humid so it's a gusty race. To be postponed for two hours and be going back and forth … that's fantastic for Olivia. I couldn't be happier for her. She is closing out her senior year. To win it in a big sprint, that's fantastic. With the guys, that's huge. Alex is a sophomore and Grant is a redshirt sophomore along with the leadership of Chris, that's 16 big points. We thought we'd get eight for sure, maybe 10.”

Day 1 Champions

Event

Name

School

Distance/Height/Time

Men's Discus

Josh Hunter

Abilene Christian

176-07 (53.82m)

Men's Long Jump

Isaiah Pittman

Stephen F. Austin

25-06.75 (7.79m)

Women's Discus

POSTPONED

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Women's Long Jump

Deja Phillips

Lamar

19-05.25 (6.00m)

Women's Pole Vault

POSTPONED

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Women's Javelin

POSTPONED

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Women's 10,000m

Olivia Olguin

Sam Houston State

36:59.39

Men's 10,000m

Nathan Jones

McNeese

31:02.09