D.J. Ruffin, Sarea Alexander Named 2019 Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year

first_img Triple Jump Tylen Guidry, LU Ceaser Stephens, NSU Chris Welch, HBU FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s D.J. Ruffin and Incarnate Word’s Sarea Alexander are the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Additionally, the first, second and third team all-conference athletes and individual award winners were named. Southland Conference Athletes of the Year are presented by Ready Nutrition.Ruffin and Alexander were named the Athletes of the Year after stellar performances at the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Ruffin was named the men’s Most Valuable Performer after scoring 30 points throughout the meet, capturing first-place finishes in the high jump and long jump events. Alexander leaped her way to conference championships in the long jump and triple jump events and qualified for the NCAA Championship with a 20-11.2 leap in the long jump.Sam Houston State’s Dave Self, who led his men’s squad to a first-place team finish, was named the Men’s Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. Phil Olson of Stephen F. Austin was named the Women’s Coach of the Year after leading his Ladyjack squad to a team title at the conference championships.Southland Conference indoor track & field superlatives are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. All-Conference distinction is given to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each championship event final.For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be a two-day event hosted at the Birmingham CrossPlex from March 8-9.The 2019 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by Northwestern State May 3-5 in Natchitoches, La.Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – D.J. Ruffin, Sr., Southeastern Louisiana D.J. Ruffin scored a pair of conference championships in the high jump and long jump events. Ruffin was responsible for 29.5 of Southeastern Louisiana’s 83 points for a runner-up team finish. The senior’s point-scoring performance stands as the second-most scored by an individual in Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field history.Men’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Jordan Rowe, Jr., LamarJordan Rowe capped a strong showing at the indoor championships, tallying gold medals in the mile and 3,000-meter races. The junior put forth a 8:17.37 clip in the 3,000m event as well as a personal-best in the mile with a time of 4:08.17.Men’s Freshman of the Year – Jo’vaughn Martin, Sam Houston StateSam Houston State’s Jo’vaughn Martin cashed in an impressive performance in his first Southland Conference Indoor Championships appearance taking a silver medal in the 60m dash. His best performance, however, was saved for the 200m dash where he placed first overall while setting a SLC meet record after crossing the line with a 21.07 clip.Men’s Newcomer of the Year – Jordan Rowe, Jr., LamarIn addition to being named the Most Outstanding Running Events Performer, Jordan Rowe was also voted the Southland Men’s Newcomer of the Year. His pair of gold medals were crucial to Lamar’s 73 points and the team’s fourth-place in the overall standings. Rowe is in his first season with the Cardinals and made his way state-side after attending Loughborough University.Men’s Athlete of the Year – D.J. Ruffin, Sr., Southeastern LouisianaRuffin was also crowned with the Men’s Athlete of the Year honor after his larger than life performance for the Lions last week. In addition to his two gold medal performances in his field events, the senior also found a spot on the podium for the 400m race and anchored the 4x400m relay team who finished second in the event.Men’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston StateDave Self led his Bearkat men’s squad to its fourth-straight team title on the way to his fourth consecutive Men’s Coach of the Year accolade. The Sam Houston State head coach pushed his men’s squad to 112 points, beating the second-place team by 29 points. The team’s margin of victory stands as the largest of the past four years for Self.Women’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Sarea Alexander, RSr., Incarnate WordSarea Alexander put forth a pair of first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump events, setting UIW program records in both events throughout the indoor season. The Cardinal’s jumper is the first-ever Incarnate Word competitor to win a title in multiple events at a Southland Conference Championships.Women’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Natashia Jackson, Jr., Northwestern StateNatashia Jackson was crucial for the Lady Demons’ second-place team finish securing medals in the 60m, 200m and 4x400m relay events. Jackson was named the Women’s Most Valuable Performer for the second consecutive year. The sprinter compiled 24 of Northwestern State’s 85 points.Women’s Freshman of the Year – Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. AustinNastassja Campbell entered her first indoor championship meet without missing a beat, capturing first-place in the pole vault event with a meet-record vault of 14-0.9. The freshman will continue her season at the NCAA Indoor Championships later this week in the pole vault. Campbell qualified for the national event earlier this season at the Ted Nelson Invitational where she logged a 14-4.75 vault.Women’s Newcomer of the Year – Sophie Wood, Jr., LamarSophie Wood was named the Southland’s Newcomer of the Year after a fourth-place finish in the 3,000m race. Wood ran a time of 10:01.32 to help the Cardinals finish in sixth-place among the final team standings. Wood joined the Lamar squad from Rotherham, United Kingdom where she attended Manchester Metropolitan University.Women’s Athlete of the Year – Sarea Alexander, RSr., Incarnate WordSarea Alexander’s endeavors at the Southland Indoor Championships led to her being named the Women’s Athlete of the Year. The senior will continue her indoor season at the NCAA Championships after qualifying with a 20-11.2 leap at the Southland Conference Championships last week. Alexander will be UIW’s first competitor in program history at the NCAA National meet.Women’s Coach of the Year – Phil Olson, Stephen F. AustinPhil Olson claimed the Women’s Coach of the Year award after leading his Ladyjack team to a first-place finish after scoring 141 points. Stephen F. Austin demolished the field beating the second-place team by a margin of 56 points. The team title stands as the ninth in program history for the Ladyjacks.2019 Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams DMR LU: J. Gooch, K. Nelson, B. Lantau, M. Arnold UCA: M. Schweikert, L. Colon, S. Sullivan, J. Jeandree SHSU: J. Austin, E. Pouncy, M. Freeman, J. Leon 3,000m Brittany Innis, SFA Alex Eykelbosch, MCN Kelsey Ramirez, SFA 5,000m Matthew Arnold, LU Markus Schweikert, UCA Grant O’ Callaghan, SLU Shot Put Kai Schmidt, ACU Stevon Crooks, SLU Kevin Steward, SFA DMR SFA: L. Davis, A. Compass, M. Compass, K. Ramirez AMCC: M. McCutchen, L. Manciaz, S. Wynn, V. Campos HBU: J. Rabius, S. Slaughter, S. Moore, J. Drews Long Jump D.J. Ruffin, SLU LaRon James, NSU Jacorious Jeter, NSU Shot Put Ashley Davis, SLU Kayla Melgar, ACU Danielle Lorenz, UNO 200m Jo’vaughn Martin, SHSU Chris Jefferson, SHSU Tyler Smith, MCN Pole Vault Branson Ellis, SFA Devin King, SLU Clayton Fritsch, SHSU Mile Jordan Rowe, LU Ryan Cleary, ACU Deion Hardy, UIW High Jump Sashane Hanson, AMCC Hannah Noble, UCA Grace McKenzie, MCN 4x400m NSU: C. Willis, D. Granados, K. Evans, N. Jackson UIW: E. Sebastion, D. Allen, D. Keys, T. Mays SFA: D. Jackson, A. Teel, M. Compass, I. Nave High Jump D.J. Ruffin, SLU Zach Seaman, AMCC Noah Berney, SFA Mile Kelsey Ramirez, SFA Briahna Gerlach, ACU Alejandra Ruiz, UCA Heptathlon Denim Rogers, HBU Rodney Littlejohn, UIW Scott Boon, HBU 800m Madison Compass, SFA Dominique Allen, UIW LaSean Davis, SFA 400m Imani Nave, SFA Tiffani Mays, UIW Natashia Jackson, NSU 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teamscenter_img 60m Hurdles Fabian McCall, SHSU Tremayne Flagler, NSU Darion Dunn, MCN Weight Throw Joshua Hernandez, SHSU Morgan Knight, ACU Aaron Akens, SHSU 200m Natashia Jackson, NSU Ajah Criner, UCA Imani Nave, SFA 60m Micah Larkins, NSU Jo’vaughn Martin, SHSU Chris Jefferson, SHSU 60m Thai Williams, LU Aleyah Donald, MCN Natashia Jackson, NSU Event First Second Third Pentathlon Sashane Hanson, AMCC Migle Muraskaite, LU Parl Eelma, LU 3,000m Jordan Rowe, LU Garett Cortez, UIW Grant O’ Callaghan, SLU 400m Webster Slaughter, LU D.J. Ruffin, SLU Jared Williams, ACU 4x400m ACU: R. Linton, B. Brownlow, J. Williams, A. Williams SLU: D. Ruffin, T. Jones, C. Resais, D. Storr AMCC: T. Spivey, D. Baptiste, K. Humber, D. Nwachukwu Weight Throw Alanna Arvie, MCN Lonnie Smith, ACU Kayla Melgar, ACU 800m Drake Murphy, SFA Alex Hanson, UCA Joe Austin, SHSU Triple Jump Sarea Alexander, UIW Jasmyn Steels, NSU Lauren Clarke, NSU Long Jump Sarea Alexander, UIW Jasmyn Steels, NSU Deja Phillips, LU Pole Vault Nastassja Campbell, SFA Kaylee Bizzell, SFA AnnMarie Broussard, NSU Event First Second Third 5,000m Alex Eykelbosch, MCN Brittany Innis, SFA Valentina Campos, AMCC 60m Hurdles Jerica Love, UIW Jillian Turner, SFA Megan Kirby, ACUlast_img read more

Heavyweights Wilder, Fury scuffle at promotional appearance

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Manchester native returned to the ring this year with two one-sided victories, and his passion for boxing appears to be rekindled.“I can walk around here, and I can talk as good as any man in the country,” Fury said. “But when it comes to a fight, it’s going to be a hell of a fight. Deontay Wilder: massive puncher. Me: skillful boxer. It’s going to be an epic night. This is a legacy fight … and after I win, he’s going to hire me as his publicist because I do believe I can promote Deontay Wilder back to being heavyweight champion of the world in no time. But there’s no shame in losing to me, because I am the greatest boxer of my generation and I can’t be beat, especially not by him.”Wilder has been the WBC heavyweight champion since January 2015, defending his belt seven times. The 32-year-old Alabama native has produced many spectacular knockouts in his career, including the finish of a stunning comeback victory over Luis Ortiz in his last fight in March, but Fury is his highest-profile opponent to date.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Moments later, the fighters had to be separated by their respective entourages and promoters during a prolonged group scuffle in which a podium was overturned.“You’re dealing with the baddest man on the planet,” Wilder said to Fury. “When I look over your body, I’m not going to have no mercy for you.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 6-foot-7 Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) will meet the 6-foot-9 Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. Their bout is one of the most important heavyweight matchups of recent years, and arguably the biggest U.S. heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis’ victory over Mike Tyson in Memphis in 2002.Both fighters are making their U.S. pay-per-view debuts on Showtime, and both displayed plenty of mutual disdain at a theater across the street from Staples Center. Messi double helps Barcelona to 4-2 win at Tottenham Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The loquacious Fury directed a long list of insults at Wilder before their physical clash on stage.“I’ve seen plenty of killers, and I know I’m not looking at one here,” Fury said. “But you’re looking at a Spartan.”The fighters also promoted the bout in London on Monday and in New York on Tuesday. Their trash-talking appeared to be a bit more tongue-in-cheek at their first two stops, but the clash got physical in LA, even if both fighters maintained a level of public respect.“He’s great for the heavyweight division,” Wilder said of Fury. “He’s charismatic. He can talk. I’ve got a great dancing partner. He’s fearless in the ring, and he’s got a background of boxing in his blood. It’s good that he’s from another country so you get to see different cultures, different personalities from the two of us. You’ve got one from America and you’ve got one from Great Britain. So that’s going to make it even more pleasurable for me when I knock him out.”Fury won three major heavyweight titles in November 2015 with a persuasive unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko, who had reigned atop the division for nearly a decade. But Fury lost all of his titles during a 31-month period of inactivity during which he tested positive for cocaine use and struggled with depression.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, during a news conference in New York ahead of their heavyweight world championship boxing match in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)LOS ANGELES — Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have wrapped up their three-city publicity tour for their upcoming bout by nearly coming to blows again.The unbeaten stars’ news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday got physical when Wilder and Fury exchanged shoves after pushing their heads together during some nose-to-nose trash talk.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Golden Eagles storm to 20-3 win

first_img sean.moses@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CSULA responded with six runs in the bottom of the fourth on its way to a 20-3 win over San Francisco State on Friday in both teams’ California Collegiate Athletic Association opener. “I don’t think it’s ever been a question,” first-year coach Pat Shine said of his team’s resolve. “I’ve never doubted it. But it’s always good to respond like that right after they score.” LOS ANGELES – After taking a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, the Cal State Los Angeles baseball team saw it evaporate with one hit – a three-run home run that put the visitors ahead, 3-2. That’s when the Golden Eagles went to work. center_img Cal State L.A. (8-1-1) remained patient at the plate throughout and abused the Gators’ relievers, scoring 13 runs on 10 hits after chasing SFSU’s starter in the fourth inning. The Golden Eagles drew 10 walks in the game and took advantage of a wild Gators bullpen, which hit seven batters. Five different players drove in two or more runs for Cal State L.A., which scored nine more in the seventh inning. Senior third baseman Jeff Carroll went 5 for 6 with three RBIs and a homer in the bottom of the sixth, his fifth of the season for the Golden Eagles, ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. CSULA senior starter Kyle Owsley (2-0) scattered five hits over six strong innings, including the three-run home run in the fourth that was his only blemish. last_img read more