NORMAN, Okla. -— The University of Central Arkansas track and field teams combined for four school records on the final day of the Southland Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday. 

The men’s team finished the meet in seventh place, the Bears’ highest finish since joining the Southland, while the women finished 12th. 

Senior Donavan Loring paced the men’s team with a second-place finish in the triple jump, tying his school record at 15.29 meters (50 ft.-6 in.). The 4x440 yard relay team of Demarcus Harrison, Trevor Peacock, Jaron Criswell and Sage Raphael  broke the school record in 3:22.22, placing seventh.

Raphael took third place in the 400 meters in 48.88 seconds. Sophomore Jake Goode finished 13th in the heptathlon with 3,932 points.

UTSA won the men’s title with 153 points. The Roadrunners wre followed by UT Arlington (111), Stephen F. Austin (105.5), Sam Houston State (80), Lamar (46), McNeese State (38), UCA (37.5), Texas State (34), Southeastern Louisiana (32), Northwestern Louisiana (14), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12).

Sophomore Jasmine Ellis led the women’s team by placing third in the pentathlon with a school record 3,384 points. For the second consecutive day, sophomore Megan Snow broke the 60-meter hurdles record, placing sixth in the finals in 8.86 seconds. 

Sophomore McKinley Rea of Conway finished 10th in the pole vault at 3.15 meters (10 ft.-4 in.)

Other top finishers for the Sugar Bears included: Ellis, Jasmine Johnson, Jasmine Coleman and Jordan Chadwick in the 4x440 yard relay (11th, 4:04.03), April Martin in the triple jump (14th, 11.44 meters (37-6.5 in.)), Tasha Bryles in the shot put (15th, 12.44 meters (40 ft.-9.75 in.)) and Courtney Efurd in the 3,000 meters (27th, 10:51.07).

SFA won the women’s meet with 115.5 points. They were followed by UTA (97), UTSA (68), Texas St. (62.5), Northwestern St. (55), SHSU (55), TAMUCC (49), Nicholls (46), Lamar (44), SLU (33), McNeese St. (28) and UCA (10).


UCA athletes combined to break five school records on the first day of competition.    

Junior Jaron Criswell broke his own mark and placed second in the long jump with a leap of 7.34 meters (24 ft.-1 in.). Junior Sage Raphael also took second with a school record performance in the 400 meters in 48.87 seconds. 

Sophomore Daniel Reese broke his school record with a pole vault of 4.85 meters (15 ft.-11 in.), good for fifth place. Freshman Michael Allen broke the record in the 800 meters in 1:56.15, placing 13th.    

Junior Bobby Washington finished in fourth place in the high jump at 2.04 meters (6 ft.-8.25 in.).    

For the women, sophomore Megan Snow set a school record in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.90 sec. She had the eighth-best preliminary time. Sophomore Jasmine Ellis placed first in the pentathlon high jump at 1.64 meters (5 ft.-4.5 in.). She also was fourth in the pentathlon shot put at 10.99 meters (16 ft.-7.75 in) and fifth in the pentathlon 60 meter hurdles in 9.07 sec.    

Sophomore Jessica Potter finished eighth in the high jump at 1.60 meters (5 ft.-3 in.) The distance medley relay team of Kayla Nehus, Jasmine Johnson, April Martin and Courtney Efurd placed 10th in 12:43.66.