2017 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Day 2 Compiled Results • Live ResultsChampionship Central 

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

NEW ORLEANS – The name of the game was to make the Sunday finals. Sam Houston State did that, and more, on Saturday at the Southland Conference Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

The Bearkat women moved into the lead with 70.50 points, 1 ½ points ahead of second-place Stephen F. Austin. The results, though reversed, are similar for the men. The Lumberjacks lead through seven events scored at 64 points, following by Sam Houston's 54.

WOMEN'S RECAP
Sam Houston began the day with a big boost as Baylee Lara, the leader after Friday, closed out the heptathlon with a first-place, 4,919. Alongside Courtney Lord's eighth-place finisher (4,536), the Bearkats picked up 11 points in the event.

Tristyn Allen registered a runner-up finisher in the long jump (19 feet, 5 ½ inches) and took home gold in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 9 ½ inches. Sam Houston captured 17 total points in the event as Jasmine Lipscomb took fifth (39 feet, 8 inches) and Darian Bucknor secured sixth (39 feet, 5 ¼ inches).

Tasha Crosse piled on eight points in the discus with a second-place toss of 151 feet, 6 inches while Ana Moreno brought home a fifth-place finisher (10:44.47) and fourth points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The day was also chalked full of athletes qualifying for Sunday's finale including Nicole Aponte (4:45.73) and Meaghen Seales (4:48.53) in the 1,500-meter run. Baylee Lara locked up her spot in the 100-meter hurdles (14.17) as did Jordan Grady in the 400-meter dash (54.23).

Elsewhere, Melicha Smith qualified in the 100-meter dash (11.84) and 200-meter dash (24.02). A trio of athletes advanced to Sunday in the 800-meter run including Jamie Eckford (2:14.34), Aponte (2:14.58) and Camry Grigsby (2:15.27).

MEN'S RECAP
Kagan Angers held pat in the decathlon, taking home a second-place, 6,353-point total to tack on eight points for the men with Anthony Garcia took third in the javelin throw at 211 feet, 5 inches.

Sam Houston added 14 points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as Evan Arambula went runner-up (9:01.45) and Chris Speaks finished third (9:07.56).

The Bearkats also put forth a strong presence in qualifying as Jeffrey Moore secured a spot in the 1,500-meter finals (3:55.96) and 800-meter run (1:52.96) with runner-up qualifying finishes in each. Two Bearkats qualified in the 110-meter hurdles including Fabian McCall (14.33) and William Stark (14.36), who also qualified in the 400-meter hurdles (53.86).

Two more Kats qualified in the 400-meter dash as Lawrence Coleman ran a conference-best 47.44 and Eric Pouncy advanced at 48.24. The Kats added a pair of additional qualifiers in the 100-meter dash as Chris Jefferson ran 10.32 and Bryan Henderson posted a 10.49. Jefferson also reached the finals in the 200-meter dash (21.24).

Sunday's schedule will feature all finals 10 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Running finals from noon to 3:35 will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available via southland.org/live or the Southland Conference mobile apps.

QUOTEABLES:
Head coach David Self on the feeling of going head-to-head with SFA for two titles…

“There is a lot of respect between the programs. It's a pretty big rivalry. I have a lot of respect for them. We want to leave here knowing we're better than everybody. To have your arch-rival as your major competition entering the final day, it's kind of fitting. It's a movie script kind of deal. It has been that way the last 10 years.”

Head coach David Self on the women moving into the top spot…
“We came in with our backs to the wall with injuries. Our theme every year is knowing what it takes to make the final and doing that. We one little bump in the road but we had some really good things happen. We just had a great day across the board. We got 17 points in the triple jump. We were absolutely fighting for our lives to go win this thing.”

Head coach David Self on the men checking in at second entering Sunday…
“To be honest, the men have really set themselves up in a great position. We have two guys in the finals in the 100. We have two guys in the 400 finals. Jeff is in the finals in 15 and 8. We are in a good position to score really well on the final day. We have a 10-point deficit to climb out of but we have two events where we can put up big points and SFA can't answer. We are pleased with it. We came in as a big underdog with the injuries and redshirts but to know we lay it all on the line, we can bring hardware home.”

Day 2 Champions

Event

Name

School

Distance/Height/Time/Pts

Women's Discus

Cori Runnels

Northwestern State

153-11 (46.92m)

Men's Decathlon

Hunter Key

Stephen F. Austin

7,017

Women's Heptathlon

Baylee Lara

Sam Houston State

4,919

Women's Javelin

Kelsey Frank

Northwestern State

156-03 (47.62m)

Men's Triple Jump

Brian O'Bonna

Lamar

51-05.00 (15.67m)

Men's Javelin

Gennard Paul

Southeastern Louisiana

255-04 (77.82m)

Women's Triple Jump

Tristyn Allen

Sam Houston State

40-09.50 (12.43m)

Women's Pole Vault

Hannah McWilliams

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

12-11.50 (3.95m)

Women's 3,000m SC

Jannika John

Lamar

10:23.02

Men's 3,000m SC

Christoph Graf

McNeese

8:56.47

Men's Shot Put

Alexander Young

Southeastern Louisiana

57-11.75 (17.67m)

Women's Shot Put

Ashley Davis

Southeastern Louisiana

51-03.00 (15.62m)