Casper does it again; school record in pole vault

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – McNeese Cowgirl pole vaulter Nicole Casper saved her best performance of the indoor season for her last as the junior went over 13 feet for the first time in her career after clearing 13-feet, 2 ½-inches to finish second in the event while setting a new school indoor record in her fourth consecutive meet.

Casper was one of three Cowgirls to reach the medal stand on the final day of the 2015 Southland Conference Indoor Championships as McNeese placed sixth in the team rankings with 38 total points.

Stephen F. Austin swept the team team titles, beating out runner-up Sam Houston State in both categories.

Casper got her record and silver medal on the third and final try of the height. SFA’s Demi Payne, the NCAA record holder, won the event with a mark of 14-0 ½.

Sprinter Maegan Moore earned a silver medal on Tuesday when she tied a personal best time of 7.61 in the 60-meters. She was edged out by SFA’s Brarysheyia Simpson who won the event with a 7.58 time. McNeese’s Simone Johnson gave the Cowgirls another five points in the event with a fourth place finish at 7.63 in a tightly run race that saw the top six within .10 seconds of each other. Moore added two more points to her meet total when she ran a 25.31 for a seventh place finish in the 200-meters.

Senior hurdler Lauren Thompson garnered the first medal of the day after she placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55.

The Cowgirls picked up another two points in the 400-meters after Victoria Martin placed seventh with a time of 56.44 to set a personal record, and RaKira Turner finished seventh in the shot put with a PR mark of 47-6.50.

The Cowboys finished the meet with 28 points and in eighth place in the 12-team field.

Oliver James was the lone Cowboy to take a spot on the medal stand on Tuesday when he won the silver medal in the 1-mile race with a PR time of 4:10.71.

Jumper John Lemke set a new PR in the triple jump with a mark of 48-feet, 5 ¼-inches for a fourth place finish while Nate Holmes, jumping for the first time this season, had a leap of 46-8 to finish ninth and two inches outside of scoring.

Other McNeese athletes that posted personal bests on Tuesday includes: Enrique Soto (men’s 3000, 8:46.32); Kennedy Sampey (women’s pole vault, 10-5.25); Taylor Thompson (women’s pole vault, 10-5.25); Kaitlyn Jeter (women’s 3000, 10:26.02); Cori Storms (women’s 3000, 10:38.06); Danielle Jones(women’s 3000, 10:46.43).

Men’s Final Team Standings:
1. Stephen F. Austin 117; 2. Sam Houston State 104; 3. Lamar 75; 4. Southeastern Louisiana 73; 5. Abilene Christian 70; 5. Northwestern State 70; 7. Central Arkansas 58; 8. McNeese State 28; 9. A&M-Corpus Christi 26; 10. New Orleans 14; 10. Incarnate Word 14; 10. Houston Baptist 14.

Women’s Team Standings:
1. Stephen F. Austin 132.50; 2. Sam Houston State 118; 3. Lamar 106; 4. Abilene Christian 69; 5. Northwestern State 46; 6. McNeese State 38; 7. Incarnate Word 31; 8. Houston Baptist 28; 9. Southeastern Louisiana 27; 10. New Orleans 21.50; 11. Nicholls 18; 12. A&M-Corpus Christi 16; 13. Central Arkansas 11.


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