Murphy, Rogers Grab Second Weekly Indoor Track & Field Honors of the Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Drake Murphy and Houston Baptist’s Denim Rogers are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The award marks the second of the indoor season for each student-athlete. Murphy set a new Stephen F. Austin program record last weekend in the 800-meter event at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. He also tabbed a first-place finish in the 400-meter race.Rogers’ efforts resulted in a first-place finish, last weekend, in the Heptathlon for the Huskies at the UA Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The junior recorded 5,277 total points while setting an HBU program record in the 60-meter event.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Drake Murphy, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Galveston, TexasMurphy had a very strong meeting in Albuquerque, registering a top three finish in the 800m run and a victory in the 400m dash. Murphy’s 800-meter time of 1:49.71 crushed his previous personal best and set a new school record in the event, improving his own Southland-best time. The senior also ran the 400-meter race for the first time this season and registered a 47.85, which ranks second in the Southland Conference this season.Honorable Mention: Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana; Webster Slaughter, Lamar; Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Tyler Smith, McNeese.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Denim Rogers, Houston Baptist – Jr. – San Antonio, TexasRogers won the University of Arkansas Tyson Invitational heptathlon by more than 1,000 points, securing the second-highest total (Rogers owns the highest total with 5,332) by an SLC athlete this season. His time of 8.06 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles set a new program record and is tied for fifth-fastest in the conference.Honorable Mention: Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Ceasar Stephens, Northwestern State; Tylen Guidry, Lamar.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.last_img

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