The 2016-17 season was filled with highlights and headlines for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Awards were won, records were broken and five Southland Conference titles made their way back to Huntsville.
With the upcoming 2017-18 athletic season nearing its start, Bearkat Athletics will take a look back at the 2016-17 season throughout the summer months, highlighting the best of the past year.
Continue to keep tabs on GoBearkats.com and follow @BearkatSports on Twitter to catch the top stories of 2016-17 as they are unveiled.
HUNTSVILLE – 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 saw 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).
Head coach David Self was named the league men's and women's coach of the year for a second straight season, after leading the women to a third indoor title in four years and the men to a second consecutive.
Sam Houston's Tyler Adams was named Men's Outstanding Field Events Performer. Adams continued his dominance in the men's heptathlon with his third-straight Southland championship win. He tied for first place in heptathlon 60m dash (7.10) then went on to win the 1,000m (2:41.58), 60m hurdles (8.41), high jump (6 feet, 10 ¼ inches) and long jump (23 feet, 2 ¾ inches) to finish with 5,463 points.
Adams also earned a silver medal in the standalone high jump (6 feet, 10 3/4) and a fifth-place finish in the long jump (23 feet, ½ inch) for a two-day total of 22 points.
In mid-May, the Sam Houston 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.
Chris Jefferson was named Men's Outstanding Running Events Performer while David Self has been tabbed Men's Coach of the Year, following the first outdoor title since 2006. The championship marked the first time for the program to sweep both indoor and outdoor events.
Tristyn Allen picked up Women's Outstanding Field Events Performer while Baylee Lara was named Women's Freshman of the Year. The duo played an integral role in the Bearkats' runner-up performance, the fourth-straight top-two outdoor finisher for the program.
Best of 2016-17 in Bearkat Athletics Schedule
No. 20 – Softball Sweeps HBU To Clinch SLC Tournament Berth
No. 19 – Football Clinches Southland Conference Title
No. 18 – Baseball Opens SLC Play With 13 Straight Wins
No. 17 – Men's Golf Takes Second At Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
No. 16 – Briscoe Throws 7 TD As Kats Blast ‘Jacks In Battle Of The Piney Woods
No. 15 – Gettwart Leads Women's Tennis To Win At First-Place Lamar
No. 14 – Three Bearkats Reach 1,000-Point Mark For Careers
No. 13 – Women's golf wins school-record five tournaments
No. 12 – Women's Hoops blasts Demons behind season bests
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No. 3 – July 28
No. 2 – July 31
No. 1 – Aug. 2