South Alabama Men's Track and Field Team Wins Second Sun Belt Conference Championship

South Alabama's men's track and field team wins its second Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championship title with 143 points, led by Francois Prinsloo's 23 points. The team will now focus on the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Kentucky, from May 22-25.

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South Alabama Men's Track and Field Team Wins Second Sun Belt Conference Championship

South Alabama Men's Track and Field Team Wins Second Sun Belt Conference Championship

The University of South Alabama men's track and field team has secured its second Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship title in program history. The Jaguars earned a dominant total of 143 points at the championship held at Brown Stadium in Monroe, Louisiana on Saturday evening, finishing over 25 points ahead of the rest of the Sun Belt field.

Leading the way for South Alabama was Francois Prinsloo, who was named the meet's Top Point Scorer with 23 points. Prinsloo started the day strong, winning his fourth straight Sun Belt discus title with a throw of 62.73 meters (205'9"), setting a new meet record and facility record in the process.

Several other Jaguars delivered standout performances to contribute to the team's championship victory. Kendal White achieved a personal record time of 51.33 in the 400-meter hurdles, earning the silver medal and first-team All-conference honors. Dorian Curry leaped to a height of 2.16 meters (7'1") in the high jump, placing second overall and earning first-team All-Sun Belt accolades.

In the distance events, Sacha Perrier captured the silver medal in the men's 5,000 meters with a season-best time of 14:31.07. Caleb Mabins and Tashod Wingfield earned third-team All-Sun Belt honors in the triple jump, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.

Head coach Paul Brueske expressed his pride in the team's performance, stating, "I'm so proud of how our entire team competed this weekend. They've put in so much work throughout the season, and that showed throughout the week in a big way. They deserve it. It's a long, grueling season, and I'm so happy to see them succeed."

While the men's team celebrated their championship, the South Alabama women's track and field team finished 12th with 35.5 points. Notable performances for the women included Bodine Degli-Umberti's fourth-place finish in the discus throw and Grace Wolf's fourth-place finish in the 400 meters.

The South Alabama men's track and field team will now turn their focus to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Kentucky, taking place from May 22-25. Several Jaguars have qualified for the regional event and will look to continue their success on the national stage.

Key Takeaways

  • South Alabama men's track and field wins 2nd Sun Belt Conference Outdoor title.
  • Francois Prinsloo named Top Point Scorer with 23 points.
  • Team earns 143 points, 25+ points ahead of the rest of the Sun Belt field.
  • Several Jaguars achieve personal records and All-conference honors.
  • Team advances to NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Kentucky.