NORMAL, Ala. - The Grambling State Tigers claimed their seventh straight conference title on Sunday at the 2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Louis Crews Stadium. GSU scored 170 points to earn their 11th title overall, earning Bertram Lovell Coach of the Year honors.
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Alabama State University claimed their 10th Southwestern Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship Sunday. The Lady Hornets secured the top spot earning them their sixth consecutive conference outdoor title with a point total of 284. This also marks the third consecutive season that ASU takes home the SWAC Triple Crown (Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track and Field).
"I am excited" said 'Bama State head coach Ritchie Beene. "It was a hard fought victory for our ladies program but; overall I was pleased with all of the performances of our athletes including all that had personal best for the entire weekend."
Texas Southern's men finished the men's meet second with 127 points, while Prairie View was third with 125 points. Jackson State was fourth with 87 points and Mississippi Valley State rounded out the top five with 86 points. Southern was sixth (67 pts), Alcorn State Alabama State eighth tied for seventh (48) with Alabama A&M (41) and Arkansas Pine Bluff (15) closing out the scoring
Individually, Micah Hill of Mississippi Valley State was the championship’s Most Outstanding Field Performer scoring 26 points.
Jesus Hernandez of Grambling State was the meet’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete totaling 27 points.
Other top finishers included Kameron Cowan from Grambling State winning the 100 Meter Dash (10.16) along with his teammate Jameal McTear winning the 200 Meter Dash (20.97). Prairie View’s Michael Prejean finished first in the 110 Meter Hurdles (13.63). D’Andre Lewis of Texas Southern won the 1500 Meter Run with a time of 4:02.90 with Tammarick Johnson of Jackson State claiming the 400 Meter Dash (46.88).
GSU's Hernandez crossed the line first in the 5000 Meter Run (15.55). Ian Williams of Texas Southern took first place in the Men’s Triple Jump with a distance of 49-11.00 (15.21m). Devauntay Brown (Alabama State) matched last season’s mark finishing first in the High Jump 6-09.00 (2.06m), Jawalyn Brooks (Texas Southern) came away with the highest mark in the Pole Vault with 13-11.25 (4.25) topping his mark from last season, while Prairie View’s Sorone Batiste won the 800 Meter Run clocking in at 1:50.14
Texas Southern's women also finished in second place with 104 points, Prairie View came in third with 100 points, Southern finished fourth with 83 and Grambling State rounded out the top five with 72 points. Arkansas Pine Bluff (57), Alcorn State (50), Alabama A&M (34), Mississippi Valley (22) and Jackson State completed the scoring finishing with 13 points.
Individually, Sydnee Worlds of Arkansas-Pine Bluff earned Most Outstanding Field Performer honor rolling up 26 points through four events.
Artrailia LaSane of Alabama State claimed the Most Outstanding Track Performer accolades for the second straight season, finishing with 36 points. She took first place in the 1500 Run (10) and Steeplechase (10).
Other top women finishers included Narricka Williams Ferebee (Alabama State) winning the 100 Meter Hurdles.
SWAC.org contributed to this article.