Lumberjacks Sweep Weekly Men’s Indoor Track & Field Accolades
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Jeremiah Curry and Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Curry closed out a strong weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a fourth-place performance in the 400m event at the Tyson Invitational. The Jacksonville, Ark., native crossed the line with a 21.03 in the 200m race and a 47.47 in the 400m event.Ellis closed out an impressive weekend at the USA Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., with a Southland record-setting performance in the pole vault. The sophomore captures his third weekly honor of the season after taking second place with a 19-00.25 vault, a mark that ranks third nationally.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Jeremiah Curry, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Jacksonville, Ark.Curry performed well for the ‘Jacks over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational, grabbing gold-medal honors in the 200m dash with a personal-best 21.03 clip. He also registered a PR in the 400m race with a time of 47.46 in order to take fourth place distinctions. Curry now ranks second in the Southland in the 200m race and third in the conference for the 400m event.Honorable Mention: Ryan Linton, Abilene Christian; Jordan Atkins, Central Arkansas; Kobe Nevills, McNeese; Timor Barrett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis set a Southland Conference record and concluded a second-place finish in the pole vault event at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships over the weekend, clearing the bar with a 19-0.25. The mark came on his sixth jump of the afternoon and finished second at the prestigious event. He currently ranks tied for third nationally. Ellis’ conference record-breaking performance bests fellow Lumberjack Adam Keul’s mark of 18-07.50, set in in the 2001 season.Honorable Mention: Jacob Mechler, Abilene Christian; Tylen Guidry, Lamar; Aaron Worrell, New Orleans; Quindarrius Thompson, Northwestern State; Zach Johnson, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.