Bearkats ready to battle for Southland Conference in-door track championship

HOOUSTON — With Sam Houston State University athletes holding one or more of the top three marks in the Southland Conference in eight different events this winter, Bearkat head track and field coach Curtis Collier is hoping 2007 will be a break-through year for the SHSU women’s track and field program.

This Friday and Saturday, the Bearkats are set to compete in the 28th Annual Southland Indoor Track and Field Championship at The University of Houston.

Sam Houston State has won both the men and women’s outdoor track and field Southland championships each of the past two seasons. But, at the Southland indoor, the closest the Bearkats have come was second place.

The Bearkat women were SLC indoor runners-up in 2005 and 2006 and the men placed second indoors last year and third in 2003 and 2004.

Sam Houston women hold the top mark in the league this season in five events with freshman Jessica Fisher leading both the 60 meter dash (7.50) and the 200 meters (24.74), five-time pole vault champion Jennie Sewell standing first in the pole vault (12′ 11.5″), Tiffany Singleton tops in the 400 meters (56.98) and Benita Jones ranked number one in the 60 meter hurdles (8.60).

While the Bearkat men’s team probably will not figure in the team championship competition, a top finish is still likely with several of the male athletes ranking high in their individual events.

Sam Houston State’s 4×400 relay of Singleton, Fisher, Ashley Casalini, and Desiree Taylor ranks second in the conference with a top time of 3:17.38.

Currently standing third in the league rankings in their specialties are Matt Adkisson in the pole vault (16′ 6.75″), Chris Edison in the 400 meters (49.42), and John Thomas in the 60 meter hurdles (8.10).

“Any thing can happen at the Southland meet and that’s what makes it interesting,” Collier said. “We have fine group of competitors on our squad this year and they will give it their best shot.”

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