Lions host SLC Championships

Alex Young

Junior thrower Alex Young placed first in the men’s shot put and second
in the men’s hammer throw. Young led all scorers on the Lions squad,
becoming Male Co-High Point scorer for the conference meet. 

The Lion’s Roar / Jay Love

Another season has ended for Southeastern’s track and field teams. Following their champion title from last year, the Lions finished third with 119.5 points, and the Lady Lions followed closely at seventh with 48 points. Stephen F. Austin’s men and women’s teams took home the title of Southland Conference Champions.

This year, the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held on Southeastern’s campus with over a dozen schools in attendance. Beginning Friday, the meet lasted until Sunday afternoon. Presented by Tangi Tourism, it was the first conference event held at the Southeastern Track and Field Complex.

Ninety-two of the Southeastern teams’ combined points were earned between the throwers.

Senior Brett Olsen finished first in the men’s discus event; he earned 10 points with a toss of 181 feet, 7.75 inches. Following him in second place was Junior thrower Alex Young with a toss of 176 feet, 1.75 inches, earning him eight points. Young, alongside Lamar senior Sam Stabler, was named Male Co-High Point scorers; both athletes scored a total of 26 points throughout the competition.

Junior Thrower Misha Frazier continued to impress; in the discus event she scored six points for the Lady Lions when she threw 159 feet, three and 3/4 inches. She placed third in the competition.

The women’s 4×100 meter relay team, Daijah Washington, Nakiya Smith, Shanetria Thomas and Kaelynn Smith also made it to the podium. With a time of 45.28 seconds, the girls were awarded third place.

Sunday, the Lady Lions earned 22 points, the majority of which were due to success in running events. Placing sixth in the 100-meter hurdles was freshman Markeisha Jack, with a 13.98 time, earning 3 points. Sophomore Vanessa Williams came in seventh place in the 400 meters, with a 57.51 time and earning 2 points. In the 100 meters, junior Sharonna Williams placed seventh with a time of 11.80, earning 2 points.

For the men, junior Ashley Riley placed fourth in the men’s 400 meters, earning five points with a time of 47.20. The men’s 4×100 relay team made up of Ken Breland, Raheem Brown, Dillon Brumfield and Kadarius Williams, with a combined time of 40.57 seconds, earned four points.

Brown also earned his own four points with a time of 10.49 seconds.

In the 800 meters, sophomore Alex Holden came in sixth, with a time of 1:53.08; in the high jump, Williams came in seventh with a mark of six feet, seven inches.

“The meet was a lot of fun, with lots of good competition that tested us as a team,” said Holden.

Brown continued to add to his personal point total when he placed seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 24.31 seconds.

The men’s 4×400 relay team, Riley, Holden, Brendon Mitchell and Andre Colbrook, placed eighth with a combined time of 3:13.6.

The men’s team had earned a total of 38.5 points at the end of the day.

15 seniors competed this weekend, and some will be continuing to the first round of nationals.

“The team performed well throughout the course of the three day meet,” said Holden. “In the end we came up short from being the champions, but everyone did their best.”

To see more scores from the conference meet, go to lionsports.net.