UCA women fourth

at SLC meet

NORMAN, Okla. ­— Tanesha Maxwell won the 60-meter dash on Saturday to lead the University of Central Arkansas to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Southland Conference Indoor Championships at the University of Oklahoma’s Mosier Indoor Facility.

Maxwell, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., ran a time of 7.50 to win the event and break her own school record of 7.52 set last year. UCA’s 63.5 points was the best since moving into the SLC in 2006-07. The UCA men finished ninth with 11 points. Stephen F. Austin won both the men’s and women’s championships.

Khadijah Smith set a school record with a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters (24.72), while Brooke Cassar was fourth in the 3,000 meters with a school-record 10:19.05, Conway’s Erika Setzler was ninth in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. and Erika Setzler was ninth (10:40.27). Setzler was also ninth in the 5,000 meters (18:59.03).

For the men, Chance Tanner had the best individual finish, sixth in the 400 meters (48.89). UCA’s distance medley team of Davidson, Louis, James Leonard and Elvis Stewart finished sixth in 10:25.67.

Hendrix opens with double shutouts

SPRINGDALE — The Hendrix College softball team began the season sweeping Ecclesia College, 12-0 and 9-0 Sunday.

The 2013 campaign got off with an explosive start, topping Ecclesia College 12-0 in five innings and 9-0 in six innings on the road Sunday.

In the opener, senior pitcher Ashley Halbert threw a three-hit, five-strikeout shutout, the ninth of her career. She also went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, walked twice and scored three times.

Shelby Anderson went 3-for-4, including an inside-the-park home run and a double, and drove in four. Paula Burr hit a two-run triple and scored twice.

In the second game, Morgan Fires had two hits and two batted in and Sydney Copeland hit a two-run triple. Halbert drove in two more and Anderson knocked in one. Michaela Larabee had a hit, scored twice and stole a base.

Freshman pitcher Kayla Patton picked up the win, striking out four and allowing four hits in five innings. Sophomore Lauren Whitby pitched a perfect bottom of the sixth for the Warriors.

Hendrix will play its first games at home on Saturday and Sunday when they host Austin College and Washington University for the Warrior Spring Fling.