Stephen F. Austin Stands on Top After Opening Day of Indoor Championships

first_imgMen’s Team Standings After Day One Event Name School Cl. Distance/Time/Points 1. Stephen F. Austin 44.75 Day One Champions 11. Houston Baptist 9 13. Central Arkansas 2 4. Lamar 22 5. Southeastern Louisiana 20.75 9. Sam Houston State 14 10. UIW 12.75 12. Nicholls 3 13. Nicholls 0 Men’s DMR S. Foster, G. Coleman, A. Cordero, G. O’Callaghan Southeastern Louisiana — 10:00.42 T7. Houston Baptist 18 Men’s 5,000m Gideon Cheplak McNeese So. 14:32.76 Men’s Pole Vault Branson Ellis Stephen F. Austin So. 18-05.25 (5.62m)* 10. UIW 10 T7. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 18 Men’s Long Jump Markeit Steverson Northwestern State Jr. 23-11.0 (7.29m) 2. Southeastern Louisiana 33 3. Abilene Christian 29 4. Sam Houston State 23 2. Northwestern State 25 Women’s Long Jump Jasmyn Steels Northwestern State Sr. 20-05.75 (6.24m)center_img 9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 13 5. McNeese 22 12. Central Arkansas Orleans 5 Women’s 5,000m Arina Kleshchukova New Orleans Jr. 16:56.92 11. New Orleans 12 3. Abilene Christian 23 Pl. School Points Pl. School Points Women’s Weight Throw Alanna Arvie McNeese Sr. 68-01.5 (20.76m) Women’s Pole Vault Kaylee Bizzell Stephen F. Austin Sr. 13-04.25 (4.07m) T7. New Orleans 17 1. Stephen F. Austin 36 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Day one of the 2020 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship concluded Sunday evening at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. With 12 events in the books, Stephen F. Austin holds a lead in the standings on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Ladyjacks have jumped out to 44.75 points, while the Lumberjacks hold a two-point lead with 36 points.Among the 12 gold medals handed out on day one’s festivities, SFA leads the way on the women’s side with first-place finishes in the pole vault and the distance medley relay (DMR). Tied with two gold medals apiece on the men’s side is Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana. The Lumberjacks have captured first-place honors in the pole vault and weight throw events, while the Lions have topped the podium in the high jump and the DMR.Sunday’s schedule opened up with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the pentathlon event, where 19 competitors squared off. Houston Baptist’s Kaitlin Smith took first place with 3,896 points, breaking her own program record along the way. Smith’s stellar performance was highlighted by a trio of third-place finishes 60m hurdle, high jump and long jump events.New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova claimed a conference championship in the women’s 5,000m race with a program record 16:56.92. Kleshchukova crossed the finish line to become UNO’s second student-athlete in program history to capture a conference title, beating out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos by a six-second margin.McNeese’s Gideon Cheplak led the pack in the men’s 5,000m event with a 14:32.76 clip, taking first place ahead of 35 other runners. Cheplak’s finishing time marked a personal best, providing one of McNeese’s two gold medals on the day. Also setting a PR and taking first-place honors for the Pokes was Alanna Arvie, who tossed a 68-01.5 (20.76m) in the women’s weight throw.Northwestern State swept the field in the long jump events, thanks to first-place efforts from Jasmyn Steels and Markeit Steverson. Steels, the reigning NCAA Indoor Champion, nailed three-straight jumps before passing on her final three attempts to lock up the conference title. She improved on each effort, saving her best for last with a 20-05.75 (6.24m) jump that sealed the gold. Steverson was not to be outdone as he marked his best jump of the afternoon on his first attempt, hitting the sand for a 23-11.0 (7.29m) mark. He was tested throughout the event but ultimately bested Sam Houston State’s Zachary Johnson by a .25-inch margin.SLU remains within striking distance in the men’s standings after a pair of first-place finishes by Slavco Stevic in the high jump and a team effort in the DMR. Stevic overcame a hotly contested 16-man field, clearing the bar at 6-11.0 (2.11m) on his third attempt at the height. Prior to that, the freshman had cleared the bar on each of his first jumps at 2.00m, 2.05m and 2.08m. The Lions’ DMR team closed out the evening for Southeastern Louisiana with a 10:00.42 to take their place atop the podium for the relay event. Shea Foster opened things up for the squad before handing the baton off to Gerald Coleman. Anthony Cordero took care of the third leg of the race, while Grant O’Callaghan anchored the event for the Lions, who beat Lamar by just over one second.It was Stephen F. Austin who led the way with four event champions, two on each of the men’s and women’s sides. Branson Ellis reached new heights for the ‘Jacks, claiming a meet record in the pole vault with an 18-05.25 (5.62m) jump on just his second vault of the afternoon. Ellis’ record topples a 18-04.75 (5.61m) mark set by Oral Roberts’ Jack Whitt in 2013. Trenton Bridges also claimed a conference title for the SFA men, taking gold in the weight throw with a 62.08.75 (19.12m) toss. Bridges overcame a field of 16 throwers, beating the second-place finisher by more than three feet.The Ladyjacks’ first-place finishers came in the form of Kaylee Bizzell, who took top honors in the women’s pole vault, and the DMR team. Bizzell claimed gold on her first jump, clearing the bar at 13-04.25 (4.07m) to secure 10 points for the SFA women. LaSean Davis, Daijia Carr, Nissi Kabongo and Kelsey Ramirez teamed up for a 12:04.03 in the DMR, a performance that concluded the event with a nine-second cushion ahead of second-place Southeastern Louisiana.Day two gets underway Monday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the 60m hurdles event of the heptathlon. Field events are slated for a 10 a.m. start time, while running events will begin at 11 a.m. A complete schedule of events, including day two heat sheets can be found at the Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships page. The live stream for day two’s events can be found on the Southland Digital Network. T7. Northwestern State 17 6. McNeese 18.75 Pentathlon Kaitlin Smith Houston Baptist Jr. 3,896 6. Lamar 19 Men’s High Jump Slavko Stevic Southeastern Louisiana Fr. 6-11.0 (2.11m) Women’s Standings After Day One Men’s Weight Throw Trenton Bridges Stephen F. Austin Sr. 62-08.75 (19.12m) Women’s DMR L. Davis, D. Carr, N. Kabongo, K. Ramirez Stephen F. Austin — 12:04.03 * – Southland Conference Indoor Meet Recordlast_img