Women second, men third at SBC Outdoor Championships

Nambawa, Butler and Chemaoi all take individual gold medal in the final day of competition

May 9, 2010 · Christian Lemon

DENTON, Texas - Despite strong performances in the Sunday field events, the Middle Tennessee women's track and field team took second at the 2010 Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. The men's team placed third.

In the women's championships Western Kentucky took the title for the third consecutive year scoring 175 points. Middle Tennessee took second with 137 points, host North Texas placed third with 120 points, and Troy finished fourth with 93 points. Arkansas State, South Alabama, FAU, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana, FIU and UALR finished fifth through 11th respectively.

Sarah Nambawa won her first event of the 2010 spring season, taking gold in the triple jump. Nambawa leapt 43-4.25 (13.21m) on her second jump to take victory for the third consecutive season. Teammate Kortney Thurman took third overall, jumping 41-10.5 (12.76m). Nyeisha Wright placed sixth with a mark of 39-10.75 (12.16m).

Brittany Cox placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 172-3 (52.51m) for eight Blue Raider points.

In sprints, Wright took third in both the 100 and 200 meters. Her times of 11.69 and 23.97 are personal bests. Kiara Henry placed seventh in the 200 in 25.14. Amber Jackson finished fifth in the 400 meters in 56.60.

Zamzam Sangau also had two third place finishes, taking bronze in both the 800 and 1,500 meters with respective times of 2:11.82 and 4:37.63. Ashley Comstock placed seventh in the 1,500 in 4:42.85 with teammate Stephanie Smith running 4:45.53 in the event for eighth place.

The 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Henry, Thurman, Wright and Cherice Robertson took third in a time of 45.54.

On the men's side, Western Kentucky scored 138 points to take victory for the third straight year. South Alabama placed second with 105.5 points, Middle Tennessee came in third with 100 points and Louisiana took the fourth spot with 96 points. Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Troy, Arkansas State, UALR and FIU placed fifth through 10th, respectively.

The Middle Tennessee men's third place finish was led by transfer Josh Butler. Butler became the first Blue Raider since Alex Pruitt in 2005 to win the Sun Belt high jump title as he leapt 6-8.75 (2.05m). He would then take second place in the triple jump with a mark of 51-3.5 (15.63m).

Festus Chemaoi continued his dominance in the middle distance races. The Kenyan, native won the 800 meters for the second consecutive year in a time of 1:54.53. Chemaoi then came in second in the 1,500 meters in 3:59.6.

Hurdlers Roscoe Payne and DeRay Sloss combined to score 20 team points in their events. Payne placed second in the 400 meter hurdles and third in the 110 meter high hurdles in respective times of 51.91 and 14.23. Sloss came in fourth in the 400 in 54.19 and seventh in the 110 in 14.88.

Curtis King took fourth place in the 200 meters in a time of 21.24 with Greg Franklin taking sixth in 21.44.

William Songock and Chris Mason placed sixth and seventh in the 5,000 meters with respective times of 14:50.16 and 14:52.59.

The teams return to action next weekend at the Yellow Jacket Invitational as the athletes will continue to compete in hopes of garnering qualifying marks for the 2010 NCAA Championships. Full results and coverage will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

Women's Final Standing
1) WKU 175
2) Middle Tennessee 137
3)North Texas 120
4)Troy 93
5) Arkansas State 69.5
6) South Alabama 66
7) FAU 52.5
8) Louisiana-Monroe 51
9) Louisiana 31
10) FIU 17
11) UALR 5

Men's Final Standing
1) WKU 138
2) South Alabama 105.5
3) Middle Tennessee 100
4) Louisiana 96
5) Louisiana-Monroe 88.5
6) North Texas 85
7) Troy 68
8) Arkansas State 66
9) UALR 59
10) FIU 13

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