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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas Southern University's men and Alabama State University's women repeated as Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field champions Sunday afternoon at the Birmingham Crossplex.

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TSU's men recorded 122 points to take the title. Alabama State placed second with 99 points. Grambling State finished third with 91 points.

Rounding out the final standings were: Jackson State (78), Prairie View (73), Mississippi Valley (46) Southern (44), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (41), Alcorn State (21) and Alabama A&M (9).

Southern's Reginald Redding and Alcorn State's Darryl Jones were the 2016 Co-Men's Most Outstanding Field Performers. Redding won the men's shot put and was second in the weight throw, and Jones was second in the triple jump and long jump. Grambling State's Hassan Chepkwony was the 2016 Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer, winning the men's 1-mile run, 3000m run and 5000m run.

Clyde Duncan from Texas Southern University was named the 2016 Men's Indoor Coach of the Year.

ASU's Lady Hornets won its 12th SWAC indoor title and eighth consecutive conference indoor championship in events spanning two days,

Defending women's champions Santina Williams, Tatiana Etienne and Artrailia Lesane all repeated, helping the Hornets to 213.5 points. Grambling was second with 80 points, followed by Southern and Texas Southern with 70 points each and Prairie View at 47.5.

The Hornets put the exclamation point on their victory by setting a new conference record of 3:40.67 in the 4 x 400-meter relay, as Williams, Etienne, Alexis Ferebee and Shantia Wilson beat second-place Grambling by more than seven seconds in the final event.

"I didn't envision it (but) I knew we had a quality product coming into this weekend's competition," said ASU coach Ritchie Beene, the 2016 SWAC Coach of the Year. "Points we knew we could get, they exceeded it."

Lesane, who won the 3000-meter run on Saturday and the mile run earlier in the day, was chosen as the women's Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning the 5000-meter run.

Lesane was followed in the 5000 by teammates Sade Lavallias in second, Paige Rankine in fourth and Hayley Spears in sixth.


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