Bearkats earn nine gold medals at Northwestern Invitational

(SID) – Sam Houston State’s women won five events and the men took four first places in wet, windy weather at the Northwestern State Invitational track and field meet Saturday.

For the women, Jennie Sewell won her fifth outdoor pole vault title to remain undefeated in the event this spring. Other women’s winners were Darnesha Stonum in the 400 meter hurdles (1:05.24), Allison Ferries in the 3,000 meters (10:23.39), Natalia Clark in the hammer (157′ 8″) and Tiana Lee, Jessica Fisher, Tara Tyloer and Regina Offord in the 4×100 relay (47.84).

For the men, Matt Adkisson won the pole vault (16′ 6.75″), Chris Cralle won the hammer (182′ 0″); Michael Courtney won the 400 Meter Dash (48.44) and Dustin Joubert won the 3,000 meter run (8:58.80).

“Weather struck us again as we had 48 degree temperatures and 20 mph winds creating difficult circumstances for good performances,” SHSU head track and field coach Curtis Collier said. “Northwestern State has a brand new track with state of the art facilities and we had hoped to take advantage to put up some great marks. Unfortunately, the weather put a damper on our objective for the meet.”

“We still had a few outstanding marks: Jennie Sewell’s season best in the pole vault, improving her NCAA Region Qualifying mark to 13-3.5; Regina Offord’s season best in the 100 meters (11.97); Freshman Chris Cralle’s new school record in winning the hammer (182-0); and Matt Adkisson’s winning performance in the pole vault (16-6.75) tying his season best.

“We look forward to the possibility of getting some good weather next weekend at the TCU Invitational.”

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