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February 27, 2014

SHSU TRACK & FIELD — Kats win Southland track and field title

Women’s team captures indoor Southland championship, men finish in second place

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Sam Houston State women’s track and field program captured its first Southland Conference title since 2008, winning the league’s indoor championship in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday.

The Bearkat men finished as runners-up in the indoor event.

The women used a huge second day push to vault its way past in-state rival Stephen F. Austin by a score of 132-124.

The schools battled to the bitter end until the 4-by-400-meter relay squad of Jordan Grady, Sunday Foster, Ruth Amaku and Lygia Foreman broke the meet record with a time of 3.43.30 to pass Stephen F. Austin on the last leg of the race and give the Kats a 15-point lead heading into the day's final event.

The big individual news of the day came on the women's side from senior Sabrina Starr who broke her own school record in a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.19. In the feat, Starr moved up to 10th in the country in her category.

As was the case in the preliminaries, teammate Danielle Demas claimed a second-place finish behind Starr, this go-around adding her own personal record of 8.42.

The Kats had a big day in the pole vault, as well with junior Katelyn Wynn capturing first with a mark of 12-8.75 and junior teammate Kara Whitson tying for second place at 12-4.75.

Junior Lygia Foreman added her own first place finish in the women's 400m dash with a career-best of 54.37 in the 400m run. She would add another personal best with a time of 24.11 and third place finish in the 200m dash.

Freshman Briana McCall would play her part in the conference championship victory as well, taking second in the 800m run with a time of 2:13.96 eclipsing her previous personal-best of 2:16.17.

After medaling in the final two events of day one of the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, the Sam Houston State men’s track and field program captured six top three finishes on its way to accumulating 106.5 points in a second place finish.

In the 400m dash, Rodney Jones tied a meet record of 47.34 that had stood since 1977. Jones's first place finish would mark the second consecutive conference meet the junior had placed first in the 400m.

Senior Matthew Viverette captured a first place finish and time of 8.01 in the 60m hurdles to earn the Bearkats 10 points. The win would mark Viverette's fourth first place finish of the indoor season.

Not to be outdone, sophomore De’Quad Binder captured a mark of 1:52.47 and a first place finish in the 800m run.

In the men's triple jump, senior Charles White would secure second with a leap of 50 ft. followed by teammate Chris Theriot's fifth place jump of 47-5.75.

In the 3000m run, Sam Houston junior Karl Schreiber placed third with a time of 8:33.71.

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