BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama State successfully defended the Southwestern Athletic Conference men’s indoor track and field championship, becoming the first repeat winner since Texas Southern (2015-16) to defend the title after racking up 148 points.
Prairie View A&M finished second with 123.5 points, and Texas Southern finished third with 110 points. Jackson State scored 106 points to finish fourth, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (70.5) was fifth. Completing the standings were Alabama A&M (55), Alcorn State (33) and Mississippi Valley State (9).
Alabama State coach Ritchie Beene was named 2018 SWAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Prairie View’s Sunne Rodriguez-Weems and Tristian Ham were named Co-Most Outstanding Field Performers after each scoring 18 points over the two-day event. Texas Southern’s Jorge Martinez amassed 19 points over three events to win the meet’s Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Lady Hornets win 10th straight title
The Alabama State Lady Hornets won its 10th-straight Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in convincing fashion, racking up 166.5 points en route to victory.
Prairie View A&M took second place with 118 points, and Mississippi Valley State was third. Rounding out the standings were Southern (63), Alabama A&M (50), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (47.50), Texas Southern (44), Alcorn State (40), Grambling State (38) and Jackson State (15).
Lady Hornets coach Ritchie Beene was named 2018 Coach of the Year. Mississippi Valley State’s Scholasticah Kemei took home Most Outstanding Track Performer honors for the second-straight year with 30 points total after winning three events during the meet. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Keziann Jones was honored as the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.