NEW ORLEANS - The Grambling State Tigers claimed their sixth straight men's conference title and Alabama State's Lady Hornets captured their ninth title on Sunday at the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.
GSU scored 141 points to earn their 10th men's title overall, earning Bertram Lovell Coach of the Year honors. ASU finished with 236.5 points marking the second straight season that they have taken home the SWAC Triple Crown (Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track and Field).
Southern's men finished the meet second with 123 points, while Prairie View was third with 109 points. Mississippi Valley State was fourth with 104 points and Alabama State rounded out the top five with 86 points. Texas Southern was sixth (81 pts), Arkansas Pine Bluff seventh (72 pts), Alabama A&M and Jackson State eighth (41 pts). Alcorn State finished 10th (21 pts).
Southern's women also finished in secon place with 130.5 points. Texas Southern came in third with 128 points, Prairie View finished fourth with 77.50 and Grambling State rounded out the top five with 56 points. Mississippi Valley State (43), Alcorn State (40.50, Jackson State (34), Arkansas Pine Bluff (29) and Alabama A&M completed the scoring finishing with 15 points.
Individually, Erick Thomas from Arkansas Pine Bluff was the men championship’s Most Outstanding Field Performer scoring 30 points. Thomas won the Discus Throw with a distance of 163.-02 (49.73) and the Javelin. Meanwhile Daniel Kibet of Mississippi Valley State was the meet’s Most Outstanding Runner making it the second straight year. Kibet earned a total of 33 points. Kibet won the 5000 Meter Run (16:17.87) and the 10000 Meter Run.
Sireta Roach of Arkansas-Pine Bluff earned Most Outstanding Women's Field Performer honor rolling up 22 points through four events. Artrailia LaSane of Alabama State claimed the Most Outstanding Track Performer accolades, finishing with 34 points. She took first place in the 1500 Run (10) and Steeplechase (10).
Alabama State's Ritchie Beene was named the 2014 SWAC Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year.