Complete SBC Indoor Results
JONESBORO, Ark. (2/27/07) Brandi Stanfield successfully defended her indoor triple jump crown and the Mean Green women’s team took fourth place overall at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships on Sunday in Jonesboro.
The women’s team took fourth place, finishing with 79.5 points. Western Kentucky walked away with the title for the second consecutive year with 126 points, 27.25 points ahead of second place. On the men’s side it was the Mean Green racking up 75 points for a fifth-place showing. The men’s championship came down to the last race, the 4x400 relay, with South Alabama moving up in the rakings to tie Arkansas State for the title with 129 points apiece.
“Our kids competed hard, but I think inexperience and youth showed up as the day went on,” head coach Rick Watkins said. “I have to give it to the teams that won, they came up there and took it. But we’ll be back.”
Stanfield eclipsed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump for the second time this season, nothing a jump of 41-10 in her fifth attempt. She was nearly two feet away from her furthest competition. Her mark was also the longest in the 20-year history of the Convocation Center.
“Brandi has struggled all indoor season, but she got it together and made the jump when it counted at conference,” Watkins said.
Overall the Mean Green took home four more medals on Sunday, including silver in the women’s 4x400 relay. The team - made up of freshmen Fernanda Mackenna, Jamia Robinson and Ciara Scott, along with Chi Chi Echebelem turned in a time of 3:44.97 for second place behind Florida International.
Alana Tyler capped off an exceptional sophomore indoor campaign by winning third in the weight throw. The specialist put in a toss of 55-1 to claim her spot on the podium as Western Kentucky’s Courtney Wood won gold.
In the pole vault it was Josh Papagno clearing 15-1 in only his second meet of the year to take home third place behind a pair of vaulters from Arkansas State.
Freshman Byron Washington also grabbed his first career conference medal by running the 55-meter dash in 6.42 seconds for third place, only six one-hundredths of a second behind first.
The Mean Green also saw outstanding performances from other athletes such as Heath Smith, who claimed fifth in the weight throw. He finished his indoor career with a toss of 52-01.25. Temitayo Harriman was just shy of the podium with his fourth-place finish in the 800 meters. His time of 1:57.03 was less than a second off the third-place time.