Tiger Women Win SCAC Championship; Men Finish Second

Tiger Women Win SCAC Championship; Men Finish Second

San Antonio - The Trinity women's track & field team won its third straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, while the Tiger men finished in second place Saturday.



The Tiger women scored 234 points, outdistancing Texas Lutheran University by 49 points.

Trinity's men's team had its four championships winning streak broken.  Texas Lutheran won the title with 272 points, 51 points ahead of the Tigers.

The Tiger women's team finished the meet with nine individual champions, as well as 25 All-SCAC performances.  The men's team enjoyed 22 All-SCAC performances and eight individual championships.

Trinity's women's team broke four school records, narrowly missed several more Tiger records, and saw countless personal records fall.  The Tigers swept all three All-SCAC slots in both the 100 meter hurdles and the pole vault. 

On the men's side, Cody Hall was the SCAC Male Athlete of the Meet for the second consecutive season.  He competed in six different events, finishing in the top five in each one, and winning conference titles in the 110 meter hurdles, the 400 meter hurdles, and the long jump.

Nkolika Nweke broke her own school record in winning the 100 meter dash, finishing in 12.04 for the second-best time in SCAC Championships history.  It marked her third consecutive win in the 100.

Nweke finished second in the 200 meter dash, breaking her school record in that event as well.  She is a three-time All-SCAC performer in the 200, having won the event the last two seasons.  Nweke is also third in SCAC history in the event.

Abigail Schneebeck took home titles in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles, finishing in a Trinity record-breaking time of 15.07 in the 100 hurdles.  Trinity had not won either event since 2014, and Schneebeck finished third in both events last season.  She was also part of Trinity's second-place team in the 4x400 meter relay.

Joining Schneebeck on the All-SCAC 1600 meter relay team were Andy Garza, Katie Groke, and Claire Rettenmaier.  Garza also was the runner-up to Schneebeck in the 400 meter hurdles.

Groke also won the 400 meter dash in a school-record time of 57.92 seconds.  She had finished as the runner-up in the 400 the past two seasons to a Tiger teammate.  Groke was also part of the SCAC Champion 4x100 meter relay team that narrowly missed a Trinity record, and now stands third all-time in SCAC history.

Nweke and Groke were joined on the team by Elizabeth Peters and Britney Sullivan.

In addition to her relay win, Sullivan was All-SCAC in both the long jump and triple jump, finishing second in both field events.  Sullivan had previously won the long jump and triple jump each of the past two seasons.

Teammate Ayriel Coleman beat Sullivan in the triple jump, but had to break the SCAC Championships record to do so.  Coleman set the new standard in the SCAC with her mark of 11.66, narrowly edging out Sullivan for the title.  Sullivan's jump of 11.64 would have broken the conference record.

Peters was also the runner-up in the 100 meter dash, and finished third in the 200 meter dash.  She is now second in school history in both events, including her time of 25.12 in the 200 that broke the previous school record, and is second only to Nweke's time at this year's conference meet.

Mia Loseff won the pole vault for the second consecutive season, and Sophia Scearce finished third for her second straight All-SCAC performance in the event.  Loseff was also an All-SCAC performer in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing third.

Androniki Deftarios was second as part of Trinity's sweep in the pole vault, and she also earned All-SCAC honors in both the 100 meter hurdles (second place) and the long jump (third place).

Molly McCullough ensured Trinity's fifth consecutive 3000 meter steeplechase championship with her second straight win in the event.  She was also All-SCAC with a third-place finish in the 1500 meter run.

Makenna Bentley was the SCAC Champion in the high jump, which has been won by a Trinity athlete every other year since 2011.

Stella Affognon and Laura Taylor earned All-SCAC honors by finishing third in the shot put and the 5000 meter run, respectively. 

Haley McFadden holds the distinction of being Trinity's first All-SCAC honoree for the 2017 meet, finishing second in the 10,000 meter run.  McFadden was third in the event last year.

Trinity's men swept both the 5000 meter run and the 10,000 meter run, with Austin Brown and Brian Wongchotigul earning All-SCAC honors in both.

Brown won the 10K race, followed by Wongchotigul and Andy Cottrell.  Wongchotigul also earned All-SCAC honors in the event with a third-place finish last season.  Brown's win is Trinity's fifth consecutive victory in this long-distance event.

Elliot Blake secured Trinity's fifth consecutive victory in the 5K, followed closely by Brown and Wongchotigul.  Blake was also second in the 1500 meter run for another All-SCAC performance.

Michael Erickson won both the 800 meter run for the second consecutive season, as well as taking the gold in the 1500 meter race – the fourth straight season that the Tigers have won the event.  Benjamin Creasy was second in the 800 for the Tigers to earn All-SCAC honors.

Matthew Love took top honors in the discus throw for the second time in three seasons, having last won in 2015.  Love was second in the discus last season.

Jacob Hammond was second in the 3000 meter steeplechase for the second straight season, while Benjamin Matthews was right behind him in third place.

Raphael Martin was third in the 200 meter dash, and Trent Walker was third in the 110 meter hurdles to secure All-SCAC recognition for both.  Joel Holmes earned All-SCAC distinction by finishing third in the shot put for the second consecutive season.

Martin and Christian Aleman were both part of the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams that finished second.  Jon Sorey and Adam Saunders were part of the 400 meter relay, while Colton Hawkins and Blair Walker rounded out the 1600 meter relay team for the Tigers.



Members of the Tigers track & field teams will compete in the Tom Tellez Invitational May 5 at Houston, Texas.