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SHSU’s McCall, HBU’s Welch Take Men’s Indoor Track & Field Weekly Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Fabian McCall and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.McCall and Welch each took first-place honors at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas over the weekend. McCall’s 7.81 finish in the 60-meter hurdles topped a 22-man field, ranks first in the Southland and also stands 15th nationally. His time ranks first in the Southland and stands 15th nationally.Welch’s first-place finish in the triple jump bested a field of 18 competitors with a 51-3.75 (15.64m) leap on his final attempt. The sophomore’s jump broke his own school record in addition to a meet record for the Ted Nelson Invitational.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Fabian McCall, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Huntsville, TexasMcCall exploded to a terrific start with a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles at the Ted Nelson Invitational. The senior opened the event with a 7.94 finish that won his preliminary heat and served as the only sub-eight second time. He then completed his afternoon with an impressive 7.81 in the finals to take home the gold medal and add 10 points to the Bearkats’ team score.Honorable Mention: Jared Touart, Central Arkansas; Stephen Aguilar, Houston Baptist; Armando Villarreal, UIW; Slavoski Wright, Northwestern State.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – So. – Dickinson, TexasWelch broke his own school record in the triple jump event, setting a new meet record along the way for the Ted Nelson Invitational. The sophomore won the event by more than six inches with a final attempt of 51-3.75, a mark that currently ranks 18th nationally in the event.Honorable Mention: Tyler Richardson, Abilene Christian; Jeremy Lawson, Northwestern State; Clayton Fritsch, Sam Houston State; Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin.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 read more