UCA women third, men eighth after Day 1

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Brooke Cassar and Erika Setzler went 1-2 in the women’s 5K in record-setting fashion on Wednesday at the 2014 Southland Conference Indoor Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex.

On the strength of that performance, the UCA women are in third place out of 13 teams after the first day of the championships. UCA had 27 points, trailing only Stephen F. Austin (32) and Sam Houston State (29). UCA’s men have 10 points and stand in eighth place out of 12 teams with one day remaining in the meet.

Cassar, a sophomore from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, finished in a time of 17:04.84. Setzler, a senior from Conway, was right behind in 17:09.76. Both times shattered the old school record for 5,000 meters. Cassar and Setzler also finished first and third, respectively, in the SLC Cross Country Championships last fall.

Cassar then teamed with freshman Marine Lecart and juniors Jordan Chadwick and Khadijah Smith to finish second in the distance medley relay in a school-record time of 11:53.39. UCA’s men’s team of freshman Grant Williams and juniors Connor Ryan, Powell Bryant and Jonathan Burgess finished fourth in the DMR in 10:10.43, also setting a school record.


Zaborowska earns LSC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

SEARCY — Harding junior Ewa Zaborowska was named Lone Star Conference Indoor Track Academic Athlete of the Year for the second straight season Thursday. Zaborowska, senior Rachel Roberts, and sophomore Rachael Domeyer were all listed among the conference’s All-Academic honorees.

Zaborowska, an accounting major from Wejherowo, Poland, holds the top times in the LSC in both the mile and the 3,000 meters. She ran the mile in an adjusted 4:57.55 at the Grand Valley State Big Meet, which ranks 10th in Division II. Zaborowska has a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Roberts is a native of Guthrie, Okla., and enters the upcoming indoor conference championship ranked eighth in the LSC in the 5,000 meters. Roberts is an exercise science major with a 3.84 GPA.

Domeyer, a native of Salem, Ore., has participated in several events for the Lady Bisons in 2014. She ranks in the top 20 in the conference in three different events. She is 10th in the high jump (4-9), 14th in the triple jump (33-05.75) and 19th in the long jump (15-02.25). Domeyer is a psychology major with a 3.86 GPA.


Harding places three on LSC Indoor Track All-Academic

SEARCY — Three members of the Harding men’s indoor track and field team received 2014 Lone Star Conference Indoor Track and Field All-Academic Honors on Thursday. Harding sophomore Stephen Hedlund, senior Landon Belcher, and sophomore Jacob McDonald were listed among the 12 honorees on the team.

Hedlund is a native of O’Fallon, Mo., and enters this weekend’s LSC Indoor Championship ranked 10th in the conference in the 60-meter hurdles. Hedlund is an economics major with a 4.00 grade point average.

A native of Keller, Texas, Belcher is the top 400-meter dash performer for the Bisons. He ranks ninth in the LSC in the event with a time of 50.62 seconds at the ASU Kickoff Klassic. Belcher is biology major with a 3.62 GPA.

McDonald is a native of Rogers, and is Harding’s record holder in the indoor weight throw. He enters the conference meet ranked sixth in the event. McDonald is a management major with a 3.68 GPA.


Red Wave swimmers earn all NSISC Honors

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State landed six swimmers on the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference All-Conference Team, while Jeanne Miller earned a spot in the NCAA Division II Championship Meet in Canton, Ohio.

Miller qualified for the national championships in two events including the 100 and 200 butterfly. The junior from Lafayette, La., had the 11th best time nationally in the 100, while having the 10th-best time in the 200.

Miller, along with sister Jessica Miller, Mary Allison Andrews, Lauren Sutton, Guy Buls, and Colton Laramore were named to the NSISC All-Conference Team.

Henderson State set seven school records at last week’s NSISC Champions with Laramore setting three records.

Also announced was the NSISC Scholar Athletes in which 26 Henderson swimmers were recognized. Student-Athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to be named to the team.