BATON ROUGE, La. - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's track and field team traveled to Baton Rouge, La., Saturday to compete in the LSU Alumi Gold Invitational. The SFA sprints and hurdles squad was solid all day recording numerous top-five finishes, but it was the distance and middle distance squad that brought home the three individual titles.
The Ladyjacks swept the top-two spots in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Meredith Blocker (11:11.64) won the event just ahead of teammate Randi Wymer who crossed the finish line second with a time of 11:13.77. The 'Jacks came up just short of duplicating that effort in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Xavier Rodriguez finished second overall with a time of 9:28.72, finishing just ahead of teammate Logan Smart (9:33.48).
Sophomore Danielle Burchett recorded the Ladyjacks second individual title of the day when she clocked a time of 2:14.39 to win the women's 800 meters. She was one of two Ladyjacks to place in the event's top-10 as Katrina Turner finished eighth overall (2:20.82). Sophomore Harmon McClanahan recorded the SFA men's first individual title with his time of 15:23.61 in the 5,000 meters. It was the second title recorded by the SFA distance squads on the day.
Senior Chris Moody finished third in the men's 400 meters crossing the finish line with a time of 47.88. Teammate Donavon Sammons was only seven-hundred seconds off Moody's pace to finish fourth. Sophomore Carrie Hahn was close to an individual title in the women's high jump. She cleared a height of 5-6.00 to finish third overall.
Freshman Josh Cravens just missed an individual title in the long jump. He recorded a mark of 23-6.25 to finish third overall. Junior Ebbonye Johnson recorded a sixth-place finish in the women's long jump with her mark of 18-10.50. Freshman Kelli Hermes posted a top-five finish in the triple jump with her mark of 38-8.75 to place fifth. Senior Josh Cruse finished fourth in the triple jump with his mark of 47-11.75.
Mary Dickerson recorded a fourth-place finish in the 400-meters with her time of 54.93. The Lumberjacks 1,600-meter relay team also posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:10.25.