Kosgei Wins Men's 3,000 Meters at SLC Meet

GO CARDINALS Samuel Kosgei won the men's 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the Southland Conference Indoor Track Championships.
Samuel Kosgei won the men's 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the Southland Conference Indoor Track Championships.

Feb. 28, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. - Lamar's Samuel Kosgei won his second individual title at the 2010 Southland Conference Indoor Track Championships by capturing the men's 3,000-meter run Saturday.

Kosgei, who won the men's 5,000 meters in record time earlier in the meet, won the 3,000 meters for the second consecutive year, turning in a time of 8 minutes, 18.04 seconds, shaving nearly 5 seconds off of last year's time. Lamar's Joonas Harjamaki was third.

The Lamar men finished sixth in the overall standings, the Lamar women were ninth.

The Stephen F. Austin women and the UTSA men won the team championships at the 2010 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Mosier Indoor Facility on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

The men's indoor title was the fifth consecutive for UTSA, while the Ladyjacks successfully defended their title from a season ago.

UTSA senior Teddy Williams won his third consecutive indoor title in the 60-meter dash. He was clocked at 6.66, edging UT Arlington junior Cordero Gray (6.72) and Texas State junior Aaron Jones (6.75). Williams' winning time was just two one-hundredths of a second slower than his time last season, which is the meet record. Williams also repeated as champion in the 200 meters in what was the closest race of the meet. Williams' time of 21.725 was just one one-thousandth better than Southeastern junior Shannon Grover (21.726). Stephen F. Austin sophomore Nick McCloud finished third (21.84).

UTSA junior Devon Bond won the triple jump with a leap of 52-1 ¾ (15.89). He became the first Roadrunner to win the event at the indoor championships. On Friday, the Roadrunners also won the distance medley relay and the high jump.

The Ladyjacks won four events in the two-day meet, picking up victories in the long jump, triple jump and pentathlon before winning the 4x440-yard relay, the final event of the meet.



Stephen F. Austin Camelia Sams swept the jumping events, winning the triple jump on Saturday after a Friday win in the long jump. Sams won the triple jump with a distance of 40-0 ¾ (12.21m). Teammate Kelli Hermes, a freshman, finished second with a distance of 39-7 ¾, while Sam Houston sophomore Ambra McCuin (39-5) was third.

Riley gave the Ladyjacks 10 points in the pentathlon with her score of 3,635 points. She had the lead heading into the final event, the 800 meters, and won the event in a time of 2:26.26. She started the day with a win in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 8.96 seconds. It was the first pentathlon win for SFA since 2005.

The Ladyjacks capped off the meet with the relay victory. The 4x440-yard relay team of Brittany Shorter, Amahra Edwards, Mary Dickerson and Lauren Watts were clocked with a time of 3:48.91 to finish in from of UT Arlington (3:50.62) and Sam Houston (3:51.37).

Stephen F. Austin scored 155 points for the win. UT Arlington finished second in the women's standings with 122 points, while UTSA was third with 105 points. UTSA won the men's championship with 120 points. Stephen F. Austin was second with 99.5 points and Sam Houston State was third with 90 points. The complete standings for the men's and women's indoor championships are below.

There was a surprise winner in the men's one-mile run. Three-time defending champion Francis Kasagule, of Lamar, led for much of the race but was passed in the last 15 meters by three competitors. McNeese State senior Michael Dyer won the event in a time of 4:12.52. He was followed by UTSA sophomore Albert Cardenas and Lamar's Harjamaki, who were clocked at 4:12.70 and 4:12.82, respectively. Kasagule finished fourth, in a time of 4:13.03.

Nick McCloud became the first runner from Stephen F. Austin to win the 60-meter hurdles. The sophomore ran a time of 7.95 to finish in front of two Bearkats. Junior Scottie Jones finished second in a time of 8.03 and junior John Thomas was clocked at 8.07.

Sam Houston senior Michael Courtney earned his second indoor championship in the 400 meters. Also a winner in 2008, he turned in a time of 48.00 Saturday, finishing ahead of Northwestern State senior Charles Green (48.28) and Stephen F. Austin freshman Joseph Barb (48.33).

A UT Arlington student-athlete won the men's 800 meters for the second year in a row. Junior Dwight Robinson was clocked at 1:53.52 for the win, finishing in front of McNeese State senior Michael Dyer (1:53.55) and UTSA senior Bryan Ugochukwu (1:53.63).

Stephen F. Austin won the men's 4x440-yard relay. The relay team of Chris Moody, Travis Beavers, Donavon Sammons and Joseph Barb completed their exchanges in a time of 3:15.55. Northwestern State (3:16.02) and Sam Houston State (3:16.50) finished second and third, respectively.

A day after winning the men's weight throw, Southeastern Louisiana junior Adonson Shallow pulled off the double with a first-place effort in the shot put Saturday. His toss of 60-2 (18.34m) was also a provisional mark for the NCAA championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark. UTSA freshman Richard Garrett (57-9 ½) was second and SFA sophomore Jon Arthur (53-4 ½) was third.

UT Arlington senior Adolphus Jones held his first-day lead in the heptathlon to become the first indoor multi-event champion for the Mavericks. Jones finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and sixth in the pole vault before winning the 1,000-meter run. He scored 5,475 points to finish ahead of Southeastern senior Cory Roberts (5,226) and Sam Houston State junior Matthew Johnson (5,146). Jones' was just eight points off the meet record.

UTSA finished first and second in the women's one-mile run. Dana Mecke ran a time of 4:54.56 to defend her title from a season ago. Fellow UTSA senior Pernilla Savestran finished second in a time of 4:56.07. Stephen F. Austin freshman Haley Parsons was third. Mecke contributed another 10 points to UTSA's team total, winning the 800 meters for the third consecutive season. Her teammate, junior Jayde James, finished third in the event with a time of 2:16.72, behind UT Arlington senior Kisha Gaspard (2:15.83). Savestran got the win in the 3,000 meters, finishing in a time of 10:00.23.

UTSA senior Jessica Jones also defended her title in the 60-meter hurdles. She won in a time of 8.48 to edge Stephen F. Austin senior Joy Egboba-Waye (8.53) and Sam Houston State senior Jordan Heggie (8.69).

UT Arlington senior Jasmine Wall defended her titles in the women's 60 meters and 200 meters. In the 60, she crossed the finish line just three one-hundredths faster than Northwestern State senior Anna Forest and just a tenth of a second faster than Nicholls sophomore Samantha Calhoun. Wall was clocked at 7.56, which was just faster than her winning time of 7.62 last season. In the 200, her time of 24.61 was also just three one-hundredths faster than the runner up, senior teammate Antonia Hopkins (24.64). Sam Houston State senior Jessica Fisher was third (25.00).

In the women's 400 meters, UT Arlington went 1-2 with the victory going to senior Antonia Hopkins after she completed the two laps in a time of 55.97. Maverick freshman DeAndrea Smith was clocked at 56.79, finishing just ahead of SFA freshman Amahra Edwards.

Northwestern State junior Trecey Rew threw the shot put 52-2 ½ (15.91) to win the second indoor championship of her career. She was the 2008 winner with a heave of 49-9 ¼. Two senior throwers from Stephen F. Austin finished second and third. Kaitlyn Andrews, the 2009 champion, had a toss of 48-4 and Frednisha Marshall's toss went 48-2.

Texas State senior Elena Horn won the women's pole vault with her clearance at 12-7 ½ (3.85m). Sam Houston senior Kristi Hermes (12-1 ½) and Southeastern sophomore Lacey Sanchez (12-1 ½) finished second and third.

Men's Champions 60 Meters Teddy Williams, UTSA 6.66 60-Meter Hurdles Nick McCloud, SFA 7.95 200 Meters Teddy Williams, UTSA 21.725 400 Meters Michael Courtney, SHSU 48.00 800 Meters Dwight Robinson, UTA 1:53.52 Mile Michael Dyer, MCN 4:12.52 3,000 Meters Samuel Kosgei, LU 8:18.04 5,000 Meters Samuel Kosgei, LU *14:16.73 4x440-Yard Relay Stephen F. Austin 3:15.55 Distance Medley Relay UTSA 10:10.08 Long Jump Curtis Patterson, SHSU 24-6.25 7.47m Triple Jump Devon Bond, UTSA 52-1.75 15.89m Shot Put Adonson Shallow, SLU 60-2 Weight Throw Adonson Shallow, SLU *68-11.75 21.02m High Jump Keith Benford, UTSA 6-10.75 2.10m Pole Vault Wade Hayes, UTA 16-2.75 4.95m Heptathlon Adolphus Jones, UTA 5,475 * indicates meet record

Women's Champions 60 Meters Jasmine Walls, UTA 7.56 60-Meter Hurdles Jessica Jones, UTSA 8.48 200 Meters Jasmine Walls, UTA 24.61 400 Meters Antonia Hopkins, UTA 55.97 800 Meters Dana Mecke, UTSA 2:14.31 Mile Dana Mecke, UTSA 4:54.56 3,000 Meters Pernilla Savestrand, UTSA 10:00.23 5,000 Meters Kayla Pratt, UTSA 17:17.76 4x440-Yard Relay Stephen F. Austin 3:48.91 Distance Medley Relay UTSA 12:12.29 Long Jump Camelia Sams, SFA 19-11.50 6.08m Triple Jump Camelia Sams, SFA 40-0.75 12.21m Shot Put Trecey Rew, NWLA 52-2.50 15.91m Weight Throw Frednisha Marshall 66-1.75 20.16m High Jump Valerie Hancock, TXST 5-7 1.70m Pole Vault Elena Horn, TXST 12-7.50 3.85m Pentathlon Tabitha Riley, SFA 3,635 * indicates meet record Final Team Standings - Men 1. UTSA 120.0 2. Stephen F. Austin 99.5 3. Sam Houston State 90.0 4. UT Arlington 82.0 5. Southeastern Louisiana 77.0 6. Lamar 61.0 7. McNeese State 59.0 8. Texas State 31.0 9. Northwestern State 30.0 10. Central Arkansas 10.5 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2.0

Final Team Standings - Women 1. Stephen F. Austin 151.0 2. UT Arlington 122.0 3. UTSA 105.0 4. Sam Houston State 59.0 5. Northwestern State 46.5 6. Texas State 46.0 7. McNeese State 37.0 8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 30.0 9. Lamar 23.0 10. Nicholls 20.0 11. Southeastern Louisiana 15.5

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