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120 S-As named to SLC Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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6/24/2014 2:37:00 PM

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese athletics recorded a Southland Conference-high 21 student-athletes that carried a 4.0 grade point average as 120 Cowboy and Cowgirl athletes were named to the SLC Commissioner's 2014 Spring Academic Honor Roll, the league announced on Wednesday.

Of the 120 student-athletes named to the honor roll, four were named the leagues Student-Athlete of the Year for their respective sports – Allison Baggett (women's basketball), Jasmine Cornelius (women's indoor track and field), Alana Divittorio (softball), and Kevin Hardy (men's basketball).

Divittorio, who was named the league's softball player of the year, became just the second Cowgirl softball player to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors.

In addition to the four student-athletes of the year, track sprinter Jasmine Webb, who was listed on the honor roll, was tabbed the women's indoor and outdoor track and field athlete of the year.

Baggett posted a 3.37 GPA in nursing, Cornelius recorded a perfect 4.00 in biological sciences, Divittorio notched a 3.62 GPA in civil engineering, Hardy earned a 3.05 in electrical engineering, Gawlik a 3.77 in civil engineering, and Webb had a 3.64 GPA in general studies.

In addition, six spring sports posted a team GPA of 3.0 or better, led by the Cowgirl tennis squad with a 3.62 team GPA. Women's golf compiled a 3.53 GPA followed by women's track with a 3.41, softball at 3.30, men's golf with a 3.23 and baseball with a 3.04.

A total of 100 student-athletes were named to the McNeese Academic Honor Roll while 68 others earned President's List Honor Roll accolades.

There were a record total of 1,253 Southland Conference student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll as conference newcomer Incarnate Word led all schools with 123 honorees.

Lamar followed McNeese with 106 while Houston Baptist was the only other school to have at least 100 student-athletes awarded, with 100 named to the list.

The Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll is released within 30 days at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters, recognizing student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes, nominated by their respective academic advisors, must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.

McNeese 2014 SLC Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll

Men's Track & Field (16): Alfred Bartie, Gary Blanchard, Hunter Burleson, Michael Eccles, Alex Evans, William Hamilton, Ryan Holroyd, Oliver James, Stephen Kerr, Andrew Kogut, John Lemke, Jared Mack, Brock Moreaux, Clayton Sexton, Cody Skarupa, Matthew Stephenson.

Women's Track & Field (30): Jillian Biagini, Rachel Cagnina, Courtnei Carter, Laura Casey, Nicole Casper, Lauren Cooper, Sheridan Cooper, Jasmine Cornelius, Allison Crawford, Amity Delaney, Danielle Epps, Jasmine George, Abigail Hillman, Kaitlyn Jeter, Danielle Jones, Aria Kelly, Emily Mouton, Katie Richard, Lashantena Rounds, Allison Smegal, Ashlee Smith, Emily Spence, Corissa Storms, Amy Talbot, Lauren Thompson, Maya Tunwar, Rakira Turner, Jasmine Webb, Ayanna Weeks, Mykeisha Young.


Several PRs set or tied for McNeese at Texas Southern Relay
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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3/22/2014 9:07:00 PM

HOUSTON – McNeese State's corps of men's javelin throwers came up big for the second straight week of the outdoor season, this time nailing down three of the top five places at the 63rd annual Texas Southern Relays.

A total of seven personal records were either tied or broken during the two-day meet.

Stephen Eccles set a new personal record in the javelin event with a throw of 227 feet, 9 inches, to take first place and beating his old PR by 11 feet. Meanwhile, Chance Curlee set a new PR with a 211-01 mark to finish third while John Paul Vidrine finished fifth with a throw of 206-05.

Eccles' throw is the third-longest in the NCAA East Preliminary Qualifying rankings and the fourth longest in the nation.

McNeese State also had first place finishes from Jasmine Webb in the women's 200-meters with a time of 4x100 champs_TSUrelays

4x100 team members (L-R) Jasmine Webb, Danielle Epps, Jasmine George, and sprints coach Damien Brigham. Not pictured is Simone Johnson.

24.74 in her first competition of the outdoor season. She was also a member of the Cowgirls' 4x100-meter relay team that placed first with a time of 46.67. In addition to Webb, the relay squad was made up of Danielle Epps, Simone Johnson and Jasmine George.

In the men's pole vault, Dakota Breaux finished third while tying a PR with a clearing of 15 feet, 1 inch, and in the women's pole vault, Nicole Casper tied her PR with a mark of 11 feet, 11 ¾ inches to finish fourth in the event.

Cowgirl thrower RiKara Turner finished fourth in the discus and eighth in the hammer throw. Her discus heave of 147-10 was the second longest throw in her career while her hammer throw of 160-07 beat her old PR by 11 feet.

Maya Tunwar finished seventh in the women's javelin with a PR mark of 113-06.

Cowboy hurdler Cody Skarupa rounded out seven athletes to set or tied PRs after he ran a 54.18 in the men's 400-meter hurdles for a new personal record and a fifth place finish.

Cherby Laguerre, who ran a 47.42 for the fastest time in the 400-meter dash prelims, scratched in the finals. He placed fourth in the 200-meters with a time of 21.67.

Also scratching in the finals of an event was George who ran a 14.77 in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles as the fourth fastest time.


History made, gold medals won for McNeese on first day of SLC Indoor Championships
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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2/26/2014 10:23:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – La'Shantena Rounds made McNeese State school history on Wednesday on the opening day of the 2014 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships when she won gold in the weight throw to become the first female athlete to become a three-time indoor champion in field events.

The senior from Baton Rouge was joined on the championship podium by senior jumper Jasmine Cornelius, who defended her title in the women's long jump by claiming her second consecutive gold medal.

It's the first time in Cowgirl indoor history where two different athletes successfully defended their championships in separate events. Distance runner Sita Waru won back-to-back indoor titles in 2000 and 2001 in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs.

Through six scoring events on the day, the Cowboys are in fourth place with 22.5 points. Southeastern Louisiana leads the way with 56 points followed by Stephen F. Austin at 51 and Lamar with 26.

The Cowgirls are in a tie for fourth place with Lamar after the first day with 21 points trailing first place Stephen F. Austin who has 32, Sam Houston State with 29 and Central Arkansas at 27...

On the men's side, the highest finish on the day went to distance runner Ryan Holroyd who took home a silver medal in the 5,000-meters after he ran a time of 14:56.26 and was just a half-second off the lead...

The Cowboys had two throwers score points in the shot put event – Matt Simmons who finished sixth at 49 feet, 2 ½ inches, and Hiram Morales who placed seventh with a mark of 48 feet, 5 ¼ inches.

Dakota Breaux scored points in the pole vault by finishing sixth with a clearing of 15 feet, 1 inch to set a new PR.

The Cowboys also had several runners qualify for Thursday's finals. Oliver James had the fourth fastest time in the one-mile prelims with a time of 4:17.40 and will go for a medal on Thursday. He'll be joined in the race by Brock Moreaux who clocked a 4:18.31. Other finals qualifiers include Tristan Joynes in the 60-meter hurdles who ran an 8.31 to qualify at No. 3.

Cherby Laguerre qualified fifth in the 400-meters with an indoor PR time of 48.72 and was seventh in the 200-meters with a time of 21.83, another PR, and will compete in the finals in both events on Thursday.

The men's distance medley relay team made up of Luke Johnston, Cody Skarupa, Brock Moreaux and Alex Evans, scored two points after a seventh place finish with a time of 10:22.04...

Men's Scoring:
1. Southeastern La. 56; 2. Stephen F. Austin 51; 3. Lamar 26; 4. McNeese State 22.5; 5. Sam Houston State 20.5; 6. Northwestern State 16; 7. Texas A&M-CC 15; T8. Central Arkansas 9; T8. Oral Roberts 9; 10. Incarnate Word 4; 11. Abilene Christian 3; 12. Houston Baptist 2.

Women's Scoring:
1. Stephen F. Austin 32; 2. Sam Houston State 29; 3. Central Arkansas 27; T4. McNeese State 21; T4. Lamar 21; 6. New Orleans 14; 7. Southeastern La. 12; 8. Houston Baptist 10; 9. Northwestern State 8; 10. Texas A&M-CC 7; 11. Nicholls 6; T12. Abilene Christian 4; T12. Incarnate


McNeese State primed for good showing at SLC Indoor Championships
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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2/25/2014 6:12:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – McNeese State senior thrower La'Shantena Rounds will be looking to make school history on Wednesday when she sets out to become the first Cowgirl athlete to be a three-time Southland Conference Indoor Champion as the Cowboys and Cowgirls begin competition at the 2014 SLC Indoor Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex...

Rounds, a senior from Baton Rouge, won gold at the 2012 and 2013 indoor championships and will enter Wednesday's throw a school record holder, ranked No. 1 in the conference and No. 11 in the NCAA. She's also the number two ranked athlete in the shot put.

A win would also make her just the second McNeese State indoor athlete, men and women, to win three titles in the same event, joining All-American Brian Cooper who took gold in the long jump from 1985-87.

Last season, both squads placed third in the overall standings. It was the highest finish for the Cowboys since a third place finish in 1999 while the Cowgirls finish was their highest since placing second in 2000.

"We hope to continue the trend at being regarded as one of the top programs in the conference, both men and women," said head coach Brendon Gilroy. "The women have some great senior leadership and if the youngsters fall into place, we could see a top three finish.

"The men have a little different look with a lot of talented youth. We're led by seniors (Cherby) Laguerre and (Tristan) Joynes. If we score early in some key events and get enough through to the finals, the men will have a shot at the top four."

The men will feature a much young squad than last year's team that place third overall – the highest finish since placing third in 1999.

The Cowboys will be without last year's Outstanding Track Performer in David Rooney, who won both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter races, and Alex Bruce-Littlewood who took gold in the one-mile run and as a member of the distance medley relay championship team.

McNeese returns just two athletes that scored in last year's championships – Cody Skarupa (7th in the 800 meters) and Stephen Kerr (4th in the 3k).

The Cowboys will enter this year's championships with several athletes ranked high in their respective events, led by Tristan Joynes who is second in the 60-meter hurdles, Oliver James, second in the one-mile run, and Cherby Laguerre who is second in the 400-meters.

"If things fall right and we rise to the occasion, both the Cowboys and Cowgirls could be in the hunt for a top three spot," said Gilroy.

The meet will wrap up on Thursday beginning with the heptathlon starting at 8:30. The finals of the women's triple jump and men's weight throw will kick off the field events at 11 a.m. while the finals of the men's and women's 60-meter hurdles will crank up the running events at noon.


Distance squad looks to maintain strides with past success
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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2/22/2014 11:40:00 AM

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese State's distance runners combined to score 69 points at last year's Southland Conference Indoor Championships – the Cowboys scoring 59 points and Cowgirls 10.

Things will be a bit different on the men's side this year as the Cowboys will be without David Rooney, a double-winner in both the 3,000-meters and 5,000-meters, and Alex Bruce-Littlewood, the champion in the 1-mile run but a host of young runners are eager to show that the Cowboys' distance team is reloading, not rebuilding, as they head into next week's conference indoor championships.

Of the four distance events – 800, 1-mile, 3000, and 5000, the Cowboys have nine athletes ranked in the top 20 in their respective events.

"I was disappointed with both of my races last year but expecting to make the podium this year," said sophomore Stephen Kerr who it ranked fifth in the league this season in the 3,000-meters with a time of 8:30.74. Kerr finished fifth in last year's 3,000 meters and was 11th in the 5k race...

Seniors Alex Evans and Brock Moreaux will be looking to complete their indoor careers on a positive note.

"I'll go out and try to finish strong and do what I can to help the team place high," said Evans who was a member of last year's championship distance medley relay team. Evans has run the sixth fastest time on the season in the conference in the 1-mile with a time of 4:15.15.

Moreaux ranks in the top 20 in both the mile run and 3000-meters and is just seconds off from the top five.

"A quick four years have passed and now I'm going into my final indoor conference championship holding nothing back," he said. "I made it into the finals of the mile last year coming off a PR, so I would like to better my performance and get some points for the team in the three events I'll be competing (mile, DMR, 3k). As a team, a top five finish would be great."

Moreaux placed 10th in last year's mile run at the championships. His best time this season would've placed him fifth last year.

Ryan Holroyd, a graduate transfer in his first year with the Cowboys, will compete for a spot on the medal stand in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meters. He currently ranks fourth in the SLC in the 5k with a time of 15:07.02 and is ranked eighth in the 3k with an 8:33.02.

Other Cowboys expected to contribute include Nicholas Kiprono, Alex Kiptoo, Cody Skarupa, Brady Warren, Enrique Soto, William Hamilton, and Andrew Kogut.

The women return all runners that scored points last season and will have the services of top distance runner, senior Amy Talbot, who missed last year's championships due to an injury...


McNeese lands a league-high 108 student-athletes on the SLC Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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6/25/2013 3:44:00 PM

LAKE CHARLES – A total of 850 student-athletes have been named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's 2013 Spring Academic Honor Roll, including a league-high 108 for McNeese, the league office announced Tuesday.

McNeese also had a league-high 22 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Leading the Cowboys was men's track and field athlete David Rooney who was named the outdoor track and field athlete of the year while recording a 3.35 in the classroom as a senior in health promotion.

It was the second consecutive year Rooney took home the sport's top honor after winning the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at the conference championship. Jasmine Webb, a women's track and field athlete from Dallas, Texas, led the Cowgirls on the track and in the classroom. Webb was named the league's athlete of the year for the outdoor season after being the high-point scorer at the conference championship with wins in the 100- and 200-meter sprints and running a leg in the first-place 4x100-meter relay. Webb was also named the sport's newcomer of the year and outstanding running performer of the year.

"I am so proud of all our student-athletes that continue to achieve excellence in the classroom," said athletic director Tommy McClelland. "The life of a student-athlete is very demanding, but these individuals rise to the occasion over and over again."

McNeese performed well in every sport in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) released by the NCAA. McNeese was the only public university in Louisiana where every sport recorded above the 930 mark.

This year's commissioner's list boasts 10 student-athletes of the year, nine players of the year and a total of 154 student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the spring semester. The honor roll includes student-athletes who took part in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

Southeastern Louisiana placed 95 members on the honor roll followed by Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Northwestern State with 89 selections each. Lamar landed 83 student-athletes on the honor roll, Stephen F. Austin 82, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Oral Roberts and Nicholls State had 71, 58 and 56 members on the honor roll respectively.

Affiliate members New Orleans (men's tennis), Texas-Pan American (men's tennis) and Houston Baptist (softball) placed 13, nine and eight on the honor roll respectively.

Name
Year
GPA
Sport
Major
Hometown
Alex Bruce-Littlewood
Gr.
3.45
M Track & Field
Environmental Science London, England
Hunter Burleson
Fr.
3.82
M Track & Field
Mass Communication Sulphur, La.
Thomas Canchola
Sr.
3.00
M Track & Field
Mechanical Engineering Refugio, Texas
David Caraway
Fr.
4.00
M Track & Field
Biological Sciences Welsh, La.
Daniel Cliffe
Gr.
4.00
M Track & Field
Health and Human Performance Liverpool, United Kingdon
Martin Delguste
Gr.
3.66
M Track & Field
Chemical Engineering Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
Stephen Eccles
So.
3.66
M Track & Field
Chemical Engineering Lake Charles, La.
Alex Evans
Sr.
3.00
M Track & Field
General Studies Tucson, Ark.
Robert Graham
Sr.
3.25
M Track & Field
Engineering Technology Newberg, N.Y.
Nicholas Kiprono
So.
3.50
M Track & Field
General Studies Eldoret, Kenya
Andrew Kogut
So.
4.00
M Track & Field
Government Katy, Texas
Jarrett LeBlanc
Gr.
4.00
M Track & Field
Health and Human Performance Hathaway, La.
Brock Moreaux
Jr.
3.64
M Track & Field
Business Administration Delcambre, La.
David Rooney
Sr.
3.35
M Track & Field
Health Promotion Dublin, Ireland
Parminder Singh
Sr.
3.11
M Track & Field
Accounting Huffman, Texas
Cody Skarupa
Jr.
3.77
M Track & Field
Exercise Science Destin, Fla.
Diontae Spencer
Jr.
3.10
M Track & Field
Business Administration New Iberia, La.
Jacqueline Berry
Sr.
3.25
W Track & Field
Criminal Justice Jennings, La.
Jillian Biagini
So.
3.11
W Track & Field
Exercise Science Staten Island, N.Y.
Courtnei Carter
Jr.
3.14
W Track & Field
Government Lake Charles, La.
Laura Casey
Fr.
4.00
W Track & Field
Accounting Lurgan, N. Ireland
Lauren Cooper
So.
3.64
W Track & Field
Management Oro Valley, Ariz.
Jasmine Cornelius
Jr.
3.80
W Track & Field
Biological Sciences Elgin, Texas
Allison Crawford
Jr.
3.56
W Track & Field
Nursing Tuscon, Ariz.
Cassie Cubbison
Jr.
3.45
W Track & Field
General Studies Lorena, Texas
Natalie Cutrera
Fr.
3.64
W Track & Field
Exercise Science Lake Charles, La.
Racheal Easton
Sr.
3.40
W Track & Field
Government Lake Charles, La.
Victoria Galaviz
Fr.
3.40
W Track & Field
Elementary Education Corpus Christi, Texas
Jasmine George
Jr.
3.11
W Track & Field
Criminal Justice Marrero, La.
Kaitlyn Jeter
So.
3.58
W Track & Field
Health Education Benton, La.
Simone Johnson
So.
3.11
W Track & Field
Exercise Science Ville Platte, La.
Paige Lynch
Sr.
4.00
W Track & Field
Exercise Science Rosenburg, Texas
Ashlee Smith
Sr.
4.00
W Track & Field
Art Arlington, Texas
Corissa Storms
So.
3.11
W Track & Field
Nursing Cottonwood, Calif.
Rakira Turner
Fr.
3.80
W Track & Field
Elementary Education Huntsville, Texas
Sarah Van Horn
So.
3.16
W Track & Field
Biological Sciences Lake Charles, La.
Jasmine Webb
Jr.
3.35
W Track & Field
General Studies Dallas, Texas
Ashleigh Wells
Gr.
3.00
W Track & Field
Instructional Technology Fontana, Calif.
Mykeisha Young
Jr.
3.70
W Track & Field
Exercise Science Brusly, La.


McNeese graduates 37 student-athletes on Saturday
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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5/18/2013 3:06:00 PM

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese issued 37 undergraduate diplomas to its student-athletes on Saturday morning as the school held its Spring Commencement at Burton Coliseum.

The Cowboys' football team had 14 athletes receive their degrees including quarterback Cody Stroud who will return for his final season behind center for the Cowboys this fall.

Women's soccer had six graduates while the men's track team graduated five athletes, including McNeese's first cross country all-American and the recipient of this year's Desmond Jones Athlete of the Year Award in David Rooney.

Women's track graduated four athletes along with baseball, who wrapped up their regular season just three hours after graduation exercises on Saturday. Men's and women's golf along with softball and tennis each had one athlete graduate.

Below is a list of McNeese athletics spring graduates:
Football (14) – Mitchell Amy, Malcolm Bronson, Devionte Edmonson, Taylor Johnson, Josh Jordan, Brett Koonce, Eric LeBlanc, Josh Lewis, Kegan Myers, Joe Narcisse, Logan Slaydon, Cody Stroud, Michael Ware, Pat Williams.
Soccer (6) – Hannah Hopson, Emily Johnson, Jordan Leinweaver, Kathryn Seeber, Megan Snelling, Kaitlin Tue.
Men's Track (5) – Lance Ardoin, Alex Evans, David Rooney, Parminder Singh, Cody Skarupa.
Baseball (4) – Matt Henry, Trey McGee, Coby Miller, Tyler Parke.
Women's Track (4) – Alyssa Cotton, Cassie Cubbison (associate's degree), Racheal Easton, Paige Lynch.
Men's Golf (1) – Jacob Broussard.
Women's Golf (1) – Elin Andersson.
Softball (1) – Marisa Koetting.
Tennis (1) – Lara Pujol.


McNeese set to host, compete at SLC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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5/9/2013 12:59:00 PM

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese's Cameron Communications Track and Field Complex will be the scene for the Southland Conference's biggest spring event this weekend when McNeese hosts the annual conference outdoor track and field championships.

The meet gets underway at 8 a.m. on Friday with the running of the men's and women's 10,000 meters. Select multi-events will begin at 10 a.m. with the only field event, the hammer throw, starting at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, multi-events will commence at 8 a.m. with field events starting at 1 p.m. Preliminaries for running-only events are slated for 3 p.m. On Sunday, field events wrap up with a 10 a.m. start while running events finals begin at 3 p.m. Team championship trophies and the meet's top male and female high-point scorer will be presented at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday.

McNeese finished third in both the men's and women's standings in the conference indoor meet in February and will be looking to match that finish or better its position at the outdoor meet.

For the Cowboys, distance runner David Rooney, the reigning Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, seeks to claim consecutive titles in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs after being victorious last year's championships with times of 14:05.80 and 30:51.78, respectively. Rooney will be running in his first outdoor meet of the season after nursing an injury for most of the spring. Fellow distance runner Jarrett LeBlanc leads the Southland in the 10,000-meter run this season following a time of 29:46.26 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

LeBlanc is also ranked second in the 1,500 meter run with a 3:46.23 clocking at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic while Alex Bruce-Littlewood is fifth in the 5,000 meters after running a time of 14:30.82 at the Texas Relays. In addition to that, Bruce-Littlewood ranks third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a 9:00.52 at the Mt. SAC Relays while LeBlanc is fifth in the same event after a 9:23.91 at the Texas Relays.

Hurdler Tristan Joynes is ranked third in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.45 at the Bobcat Classic while the 4x400 meter relay team made up of Tevon Remo, Cherby Laguerre, Cody Skarupa and Morgan Wells, is ranked third after posting a 3:10.89 time at the Bobcat Classic.

In the field events, thrower Thomas Canchola ranks second in the league in the shot put with a distance of 56 feet, 9.25 inches and is fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 197 feet, 4 inches...


Jasmine Webb breaks two school records at Bobcat Classic on Saturday
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4/27/2013 8:38:00 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas – McNeese track and field wrapped up a successful weekend at the Bobcat Classic here Saturday, a meet that featured sprinter Jasmine Webb breaking two school records and countless others posting personal records.

Webb, already the record holder in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, topped those marks on Saturday in both events with a record 11.59 in the 100-meters and 23.78 in the 200-meters. She broke her previous time of 11.68 in the 100s she set on March 9 and broke the record she set last week in the 200s.

Webb, a junior transfer from Dallas, was also a member of the 4x100 relay team that cruised to a first place finish with a time of 45.67.

A day after throwing over 180 feet in the hammer throw for the third time on the season, La'Shantena Rounds set a personal record in the shot put with a distance of 47-feet, 11 ¾- inches.

Four other Cowgirl athletes set personal records.

Laura Casey set a PR in the 5,000-meters with a time of 19:03.86. Lauren Cooper had a PR in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:45.41. For the second consecutive week, Jill Biagini had a PR in the 800-meters, this time with a time of 2:18.70. And Racheal Easton set a new PR in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.53 for a fifth place finish.

On the men's side, five personal records were set while the men's 4x400-meter relay team wrapped up the meet with a victory.

Parminder Singh, in competing for the first time this outdoor season, won the high jump event with a personal record height of 6-9. Distance runner Lewi Manirumva placed fourth in the 5,000-meters with a PR time of 15:15.94. Cherby Laguerre PR'd in the 400-meters after his third place finish with a time of 47.79. Tristan Joynes finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a PR time of 14.45. And Morgan Wells set a PR in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.48.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team made up of Laguerre, Wells, Cody Skarupa and Tevon Remo, won the event with a time of 3:10.89 – the fastest mark in over a decade.


Rounds, Webb set school records at SLU Invite on Friday
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4/19/2013 9:33:00 PM

HAMMOND – La'Shantena Rounds and Jasmine Webb set a McNeese school records on Friday at the Southeastern Lion Invitational – Rounds in the hammer throw and Webb in the 200 meters.

Rounds marked out with a distance of 185-2 to win the hammer throw event and break the old school record of 183-6 set in 2007 by Stephanie Gilbert. She followed that up with a fourth place showing in the shot put with a season-best distance of 45-4 ¼.

Webb, already the school record holder in the 100 meters that was set earlier in the spring, ran a record 23.88 in the 200 meters for first place and breaking the old record of 24.06 set in 1991 by Bernadette Dawson.

McNeese had five other first place finishes in the meet and 10 second and third place finishes...

Lewi Manirumva won the men's 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 8:54.77. The Cowboys also got a second place finish from Cherby Laguerre in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.62 while Cody Skarupa placed third in the 400-meter hurdles after he clocked in with a season-best time of 54.49. Thomas Canchola placed fifth overall but was second among college athletes in the shot put with a distance of 49-11 ¾...


Track teams to run at SLU Lion Invite on Friday
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4/18/2013 2:41:00 PM

HAMMOND – McNeese returns to the track on Friday when both the Cowboys and Cowgirls compete at the Southeastern Lion Invitational.

Both squads are coming off a nice showing at last week's McNeese Springtime Classic.

In that meet, men's hammer thrower Thomas Canchola set a new school record when he threw a distance of 197-4 for the first place finish. He'll compete in both the hammer and shot put on Friday.

Sprinter Diontae Spencer makes his return to competition after completing spring football drills. Spencer is entered in the 100 and 200 meter dash as well as competing on the 4x100 relay team.

Cherby Laguerre is entered to run the 400 meters where he ranks seventh in the Southland Conference with a best time of 47.95 while Cody Skarupa will compete in the 400 meter hurdles where he's ranked No. 9 in the league rankings with a time of 54.70.

On the women's side, La'Shantena Rounds will lead the Cowgirls into Friday's meet. Rounds will throw the hammer and the shot put. She's currently ranked atop the league standings in the hammer throw (181-9) and is fifth in the shot put (45-1).

Maya Tunwar and Jasmine Cornelius will look to improve their standings in the high jump. Tunwar is currently ranked second in the conference (5-7) while Cornelius is fourth (5-5). Cornelius will also compete in the long jump where she ranks 9th in the Southland with a mark of 18-8.

The Cowgirls will field nearly a full crew in the running events, including sprinter Jasmine Webb who is entered for the 200 meters where she's ranked No. 2 in the league with a time of 24.24. Webb holds the school record and is ranked No. 1 in the 100 meters but is not entered to compete in that event this weekend. She will run a leg in the 4x100 meter relays.

Danielle Epps will run in the 100-meters where she's sixth in the league with a time of 11.82 while Paige Lynch is entered for the 100-meters (11th, 12.00) and the 200-meters (12th, 24.86).


Near school record, PRs set at Auburn Tiger Track Classic
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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4/6/2013 8:12:00 PM

AUBURN, Ala. – A near school record by the McNeese Cowgirls 4x100 meter relay squad along with several personal records highlighted the final day for the Cowboys and Cowgirls at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic here Saturday.

The team of Paige Lynch, Danielle Epps, Simone Johnson and Jasmine Webb ran a 45.83 for a sixth place finish in the 4x100 relay. That mark was just .08 seconds off the school record of 45.77 set by the group just two weeks ago.

In addition to that mark, five other personal records were broken during the day.

Johnson set a PR in the women's 200 meters with a time of 25.52 while Courtnei Carter did the same thing in the same event with a time of 25.60. Epps set a PR in the 100-meter dash with an 11.82 for a 10th place finish.

On the men's side, Kartavius Hamilton set personal records in both the 100-meter dash with an 11.09 and in the 200 meters with a 22.63.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team made up of Tevon Remo, Cody Skarupa, Morgan Wells and Cherby Laguerre finished sixth with a time of 3:14.77.

Other top 10 finishes had Alex Bruce-Littlewood placing ninth in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:48.60 and La'Shantena Rounds placing ninth in the women's shot put with a mark of 44-4 ¼.

The track teams will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts the McNeese Spring Time Classic.


More PRs set at Bobcat Invitational on Friday
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3/30/2013 12:44:00 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – For the second straight day McNeese's men's and women's track and field teams split time at the Texas Relays and the Texas State Bobcat Invitational and just like on Thursday, the best results came from the Texas State meet.

Brock Moreaux finished first in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:31.21 while the 4x400 meter relay squad comprised of Tevon Remo, Cody Skarupa, Morgan Wells and Cherby Laguerre took first with a time of 3:14.90. And Lewi Manirumva won the 3,000 meter race with a time of 9:01.41.

Tristan Jones finished second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.82 while Laguerre placed second in the 400 meters with a personal record time of 47.95. He also finished fourth in the 200 meters with another personal record of 21.19.

Wells had a third place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal record time of 55.43 and Alex Evans finished fourth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:01.59.

On the women's side, the 4x100 meter relay squad made up of Ashleigh Wells, Paige Lynch, Jacqueline Berry and Simone Johnson finished second with a 47.67.

Individually, Sarah Van Horn finished third in the 5,000 meters with a personal record time of 18:46.90 while teammate Corissa Storms finished fifth with a time of 18:57.78.

Brianna Babineaux finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a 15.57 time while Johnson placed fourth in the 100 meters with a personal record time of 12.06 followed by Danielle Epps who finished fifth with a 12.09.

At the Texas Relays, Jasmine Webb was the fastest Cowgirl in the 100 meters with a time of 11.81 and Desarae Couthren ran a 1:01.01 in the 400 meter hurdles.

In the field events, Jasmine Cornelius recorded her second best mark of the season with an 18-3 in the long jump and Jacqueline Berry posted her best mark of the season in the triple jump with a mark of 38-9 ½. Also, La'Shantena Rounds threw 42-6 ¾ in the shot put.

On the men's side, Cody Skarupa ran a 55.33 in the 400 meter hurdles followed by a 56.62 time by Morgan Wells. And Thomas Canchola threw a 51-11 in the shot put.


LeBlanc runs nation's fastest time of the season in 1,500
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3/24/2013 4:18:00 PM

HOUSTON – McNeese's Jarrett LeBlanc recorded the nation's best time of the season in the 1,500 meters when he ran a 3:46.23 for a first place finish at the Rice Victor Lopez Classics on Saturday.

LeBlanc's mark also ranks as one of the top three fastest in McNeese school history. The previous fastest of the season was held by Riley Martin of UC Irvine with a 3:46.93.

The Cowboys also got a career-first, first place finish from freshman Hunter Burleson in the javelin event when he marked out with a 183-4 throw.

On the women's side, Jasmine Webb took first in the 100 meters with a time of 11.73 and also had a third place finish in the 200 meters with a 24.44. Webb was also a member of the 4x100 relay squad, joining Ashleigh Wells, Danielle Epps and Paige Lynch, that placed second in the event with a time of 45.75.

Other scoring marks for the Cowgirls saw Jasmine Cornelius place second in the long jump with a leap of 18-8; La'Shantena Rounds fifth in the hammer throw (168-6) and seventh in the shot put (45-0 ½).

In addition to LeBlanc's and Burleson's first place finishes, the Cowboys got points from Martin Delguste after a fourth place finish in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:49.61; Daniel Cliffe seventh in the 5,000 meters with a 15:02.32; Cody Skarupa seventh in the 400 meter hurdles with a 54.88; and Thomas Canchola with a fifth place finish in the shot put (53-3) and seventh in the hammer throw (176-0).

The Cowboys tied for ninth place in the overall team standings out of 22 teams. McNeese totaled 38 points in the meet while Harvard won the team title with 92 points to edge out Sam Houston State who finished with 91 points.

On the women's side, the Cowgirls placed 10th out of 21 schools with 36 points. Notre Dame won the event with 121 points followed by Rice with 113.5.

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action this Wednesday when they take pare in the four-day, Texas Relays.


McNeese has several top finishes at Louisiana Classics on Saturday
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3/16/2013 10:01:00 PM

LAFAYETTE – McNeese State had first place finishes by Anthony Hatwood in the 110-meter hurdles and Jarrett LeBlanc in the 800 meters as the Cowboys and Cowgirls had 18 top five finishes at the Louisiana Classics hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

Hatwood ran a 14.47 to clip Southern's Harold Fluellen by .15 seconds for first in the hurdles while LeBlanc clocked in at 1:54.71 in the 800 meters while fellow Cowboys Martin Delguste (1:56.94) and Alex Evans (1:57.74) finished second and third in the event.

Cowgirl thrower La'Shantena Rounds finished second in both the hammer throw and the shot put. She threw a 173-09 in the hammer throw and marked out at 43-10 ¾ in the shot.

Maya Tunwar had a third place finish in the hight jump with a 5-7 and Jasmine Cornelius finished fifth in the event with a 5-5 mark.

In the running events, Jasmine Webb ran an 11.96 for a second place finish in the 100 meter dash while teammates Daniell Epps clocked in at 12.06 for fifth place and Paige Lynch 12.09 for a sixth place finish. Desarae Couthren placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.44 and finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:02.23.

In addition to his first place showing in the hurdles, Hatwood placed fourth in the high jump with a 6-6 ¾ mark.

Cherby Laguerre placed third in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 48.60 and Cody Skarupa finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.90.


McNeese teams make history at SLC Indoor Championships
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2/23/2013 9:51:00 PM

NORMAN, Okla. – The McNeese State men's and women's indoor track and field teams made school history on Saturday as both teams finished third in the final team standings, marking the first time both teams ranked in the top three in the same Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

A day following solid showings that were paced by record-setting performances by La'Shantena Rounds in the weight throw and Jasmine Cornelius in the long jump, in addition to gold medals won by David Rooney in the 5,000 and by the men's distance medley relay team, the squads added seven more medals on Saturday.

Stephen F. Austin swept the men's and women's team titles while Sam Houston State and McNeese rounded out the top three.

The third place finish for the Cowboys was the highest since a third place ranking in the 1991 season and for the Cowgirls, it's the highest mark since the 2000 season when McNeese placed second...

For the Cowgirls, Jacqueline Berry was the only athlete to reach the medal stand as she finished second in the triple jump with a season PR mark of 40-1.25.

Other personal bests for the Cowgirls included Maya Tunwar clearing 5-3 in the high jump to finish eighth; Jasmine Cornelius placing seventh by tying a season PR in the triple jump with a 38-0 mark; Rounds with a season PR in the shot put with a fifth place toss of 46-9.50; Victoria Galaviz with a personal best in the shot put with a 35-9.50; Melanie Jackson with a season PR in the shot with a 35-9.50...

Other scorers for the men saw Cody Skarupa finish seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.97. Alex Evans placed seventh in the 1-mile run with a 4:19.31 time while Stephen Kerr finished fourth in the 3,000 meters with a personal best 8:34.14.

Men's Team Rankings
1, Stephen F. Austin 124; 2, Sam Houston State 119.5; 3, McNeese State 89; 4, Southeastern Louisiana 87.5; 5, Northwestern State 75; 6, Oral Roberts 61; 7, Lamar 58; 8, Texas A&M-CC 38; 9, Central Arkansas 11.

Women's Team Rankings
1, Stephen F. Austin 173; 2, Sam Houston State 117.5; 3, McNeese State 67; 4, Central Arkansas 63.5; 5, Oral Roberts 57; 6, Lamar 56.5; 7, Northwestern State 51.5; 8, Nicholls State 37; 9, Southeastern Louisiana 24; 10, Texas A&M-CC 16.

McNeese Men Individual Points
1, David Rooney 20; 12, Anthony Hatwood 12.5; 17, Alex Bruce-Littlewood 10.5; 22, Martin Delguste 8.5; 23, Daniel Cliffe 8; 23, Thomas Canchola 8; 38, Parminder Singh 6; 48, Stephen Kerr 5; 55, Cody Skarupa 4.75; 56, Alex Evans 4.5; 122, Tevon Remo .25; 122, Damien Thierry .25; 122, Cherby Laguerre .25...


Rounds, Rooney, Cornelius win titles on first day of SLC Indoor Championships
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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2/22/2013 10:35:00 PM

NORMAN, Okla. – School records fell for McNeese on the first day of the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships here Friday and the result were third place standings by both the Cowboys and Cowgirls in the team rankings.

La'Shantena Rounds threw a school record 66-2.25 to win the title in the women's weight throw to retain the title she won in 2012 and shattering her own record of 62-5.25 set two weeks ago. Jasmine Cornelius broke a 19-year old school record with a 19-10.25 to win the women's long jump, bettering the previous record of 19-7 set by Shaterica Washington in 1994.

On the men's side, David Rooney won the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:48.62 while the distance medley team of Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Martin Delguste, Alex Evans and Cody Skarupa took first with a time of 10:09.29.

Sam Houston State tops the women's rankings with 52.5 points followed by Stephen F. Austin at 50, McNeese State 35, Central Arkansas 20, Oral Roberts and Southeastern Louisiana with 18, Lamar 15.5, Northwestern State 9, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Nicholls State with 8 points each.

On the men's side, Stephen F. Austin leads the way with 42 points followed by Southeastern Louisiana with 37.5, McNeese State 30, Sam Houston State 29.5, Oral Roberts 22, Lamar 14, Northwestern State 11, A&M-Corpus Christi 6 and Central Arkansas 3...

Saturday could be another record-breaking day for McNeese, especially in the men's 1-mile race where the Cowboys qualified four runners – Bruce-Littlewood, Delguste, Evans and Brock Moreaux into the finals.

Desarae Couthren ran a season PR of 8.88 in the 60-meter hurdles to qualify for Saturday's finals and Jasmine Webb qualified for the 60 meter finals with a 7.61 in the prelims. Webb missed out on the 200 meter finals by .04 seconds after she ran a 25.29. In the 800 meter run, Jillian Biagini ran a 2:19.80 to qualify for Saturday's finals.

For the Cowboys, Anthony Hatwood clocked in with an 8.26 in the men's 60-meter hurdles for the fourth fastest time in Friday's prelims. Cody Skarupa will represent McNeese in the 800-meter finals after his time of 1:57.19 was the seventh fastest in the prelims.


Casper breaks pole vault record for third straight week
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2/1/2013 10:55:00 PM

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese State freshman pole vaulter Nicole Casper made history for the third consecutive week when she set a school record at Friday's Jeff Davis Bank McNeese Indoor II meet by clearing 12-05.5.

Casper's record was one of many highlights for both the Cowgirls and Cowboys track and field teams as they continue to prepare for the Southland Conference Indoor Championship coming up in a few weeks.

She broke the 6-year-old record of 11-7.75 with a 11-11.75 at the McNeese Indoor I on Jan. 18. She bettered that with a 12-01.50 last week at the UH Howie Ryan Indoor.

“We had some great performances and everyone is getting better prepared,” said head coach Brendon Gilroy.

In addition to Casper's first place finish in the pole vault, McNeese had six other first place finishes and another seven top three places.

Alex Bruce-Littlewood won the highly anticipated men's 1-mile race with a time of 4:08.10 as he edged out former Cowboy Jarrett LeBlanc. Also in that race, David Rooney ran a 4:11.63 to finish fifth, Martin Delguste sixth at 4:12.14 and Alex Evans in seventh place with a 4:16.62 as the Cowboys attempted to break four minutes in the event.

Distance runner Stephen Kerr won the men's 3,000 meters with a time of 8:38.00 followed by a third place finish from Nicholas Kiprono at 8:44.89 and Lewi Manirumva in fourth place with a finish of 8:46.88.

Football standout Diontae Spencer competed in his first meet of the season and placed second in the 55 meter dash with a 6.52 time and Cody Skarupa was second in the 800 meters with a 1:56.59.

In the field events, Thomas Canchola won the shot put event with a mark of 54-9.25 and placed fourth in the weight throw with a 56-11.5 mark.

Kartavius Hamilton finished second in the long jump with a mark of 22-7.75 while Parminder Singh was second in the high jump with a 6-4.25.

On the women's side, La'Shantena Rounds swept the weight and shot put events after she marked out at 60-11.5 in the weight throw and 46-4.75 in the shot put.

Jasmine Cornelius placed fifth in the high jump with a 5-1.75 mark followed by a sixth place finish from Maya Tunwar at 4-11.5. And Kaitlyn Wisehart finished sixth in the pole vault with a 9-6.25.

On the track, Jill Biagini won the 600 meters with a time of 1:42.67 and Jasmine George tied Cornelius for third place in the 55 meter dash with an identical time of 7.32.


School records fall in opening indoor meet of the season
by Matthew Bonnette, Asst. AD/Sports Information Director
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1/18/2013 9:37:00 PM

LAKE CHARLES – School records broken by Nicole Casper in the women's pole vault and Thomas Canchola in the men's weight throw were the top highlights for McNeese State in the indoor track season opener at the McNeese Recreation Complex on Friday.

Casper, a true freshman from Buna, Texas and Buna High School, cleared 11-11.75 on the second attempt of her third height and breaking an eight-year-old record of 11-7.75 set by Mary Katherine Shaw in 2006.

Canchola, a senior from Refugio, Texas, threw a 58-08.75 on his first attempt to break the record of 75-5.50 set in 2010 by Jared Crafton. He also had a third place finish in the shot put with a mark of 49-01.50.

For the meet, the Cowboy and Cowgirls combined for 10 first place finishes and another 14 second and third place finishes.

On the women's side, La'Shantena Rounds, last year's Southland Conference champion in the weight throw, placed first with a mark of 58-02 and was second in the shot put with a 44-00 throw.

Jasmine Cornelius also had a first and a second place finish in the meet. She won the high jump event with a clearing of 5-01.75 and finished second in the long jump at 19-02.75.

In the running events, Jasmine George placed first in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.17 while Ashleigh Wells finished second in the 400 meters with a 1:00.72. A second place finish by Jasmine Webb (26.38) was followed closely by Paige Lynch with a 26.50 for third place in the 200 meters.

In addition to Canchola's first place finish in the weight throw, the Cowboys had four other individual champions.

Cherby Laguerre led McNeese in the 400 meter dash with a first place time of 51.34. Cody Skarupa ran a 1:22.77 to win the 600 meters and Martin Delguste was clocked at 8:32.71 to win the 3000 meters. In the 55 meter hurdles, Anthony Hatwood took first with a 7.60 while teammate Tristan Joynes placed second with a 7.75 time.

McNeese leads all schools on SLC spring honor roll
A total of 106 Cowboys and Cowgirls are honored
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6/26/2012 4:09:00 PM

FRISCO, Texas – More than 970 student-athletes have been named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's 2012 Spring Academic Honor Roll with McNeese State leading the way, the league office announced Tuesday.

A record total of 979 student-athletes named to the spring honor roll surpassed the record of 953 set last spring. This year's list boasts 11 student-athletes of the year, eight players of the year and a total of 141 student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the spring semester. The honor roll includes student-athletes who took part in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

McNeese State led all Southland institutions with 106 honorees and had a total of 11 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Leading the Cowboys was men's basketball player Patrick Richard. Richard was named the player of the year for men's basketball while recording a 4.0 in the classroom as a graduate student in health and human performance. An Associate Press All-American honorable mention selection, Richard helped the Cowboys to a runner-up finish at the Southland basketball tournament. Graduate student Ben Chretein led the men's track and field team with a 3.66 GPA in health and human performance-health promotion while being named the Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Cowboys.
Ashlyn Baggett, a women's basketball player, helped the Cowgirls to their second consecutive conference title. A nursing major with a 3.50 GPA, A. Baggett was named the student-athlete of the year for the second consecutive year and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. Twin sister Caitlyn Baggett was also named to the honor roll with a 3.16 in nursing. C. Baggett, the McNeese State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was named most valuable player of the Southland basketball tournament as the Cowgirls earned their second berth to the NCAA


Men          
Name Cl. GPA Sport Major Hometown
Dylan Armentor So. 3.23 Men's Track HHP – Health Promotion Iowa, LA
Alex Bruce-Littlewood Gr. 3.66 Men's Track Health and Human Performance London, England
Ben Chretien Gr. 3.66 Men's Track HHP – Health Promotion Elton, LA
Jared Crafton Sr. 3.06 Men's Track Agricultural Science Colleyville, TX
Chance Curlee So. 3.07 Men's Track HHP – Education Iowa, LA
Stephen Eccles Fr. 3.57 Men's Track Engineering Lake Charles, LA
Johnathan Koenck Gr. 3.12 Men's Track Engineering Technology Anacoao, LA
Andrew Kogut Fr. 3.18 Men's Track Government Katy, TX
Brock Moreaux So. 4.00 Men's Track General Business Administration Delcambre, LA
David Rooney Sr. 3.43 Men's Track HHP – Health Promotion Dublin, Ireland
Parminder Singh Jr. 3.11 Men's Track Accounting Huffman, TX
Cody Skarupa So. 4.00 Men's Track HHP – Exercise Science Destin, FL
Sam Vidrine Sr. 3.25 Men's Track Criminal Justice Mamou, LA
Morgan Wells Fr. 3.06 Men's Track Athletic Training Shreveport, LA
 
Women          
Name Cl. GPA Sport Major Hometown
Jackie Berry Jr. 3.11 Women's Track Criminal Justice Jennings, LA
Jillian Biagini Fr. 3.37 Women's Track HHP – Health Promotion Staten Island, NY
Haley Carrier So. 3.47 Women's Track Nursing Lake Charles, LA
Courtnei Carter So. 3.47 Women's Track Government Lake Charles, LA
Lauren Cooper Fr. 3.29 Women's Track Management Oro Valley, AZ
Jasmine Cornelius So. 3.81 Women's Track Biology Elgin, TX
Alyssa Cotten Jr. 3.70 Women's Track HHP – Exercise Science Baytown, TX
Angelina Covington Fr. 3.11 Women's Track Nursing Huffman, TX
Allison Crawford So. 4.00 Women's Track Nursing Tucson, AZ
Cassie Cubbison So. 3.29 Women's Track Mass Communication Lorena, TX
Racheal Easton Jr. 3.78 Women's Track Government Lake Charles, LA
Kayla Fontenot Sr. 3.14 Women's Track General Studies Kinder, LA
Jada Jackson Jr. 3.16 Women's Track Athletic Training Baton Rouge, LA
Kaitlyn Jeter Fr. 3.44 Women's Track Athletic Training Benton, LA
Amanda LeJeune Sr. 3.57 Women's Track Nursing Iota, LA
Lanie Lissard So. 3.20 Women's Track Biology Education New Iberia, LA
Paige Lynch Jr. 3.41 Women's Track HHP – Exercise Science Rosenburg, TX
Carley Richardson Fr. 3.28 Women's Track HHP – Exercise Science Pineville, LA
Fionnuala Ross Jr. 3.72 Women's Track HHP – Exercise Science Agbagallon, N. Ireland
Ashlee Smith Jr. 3.47 Women's Track Art Arlington, TX
Emily Spence So. 3.11 Women's Track HHP – Exercise Science Monroe, LA
Corissa Storms Fr. 3.13 Women's Track Nursing Cottonwood, CA
Amy Talbot Jr. 3.21 Women's Track HHP – Health Promotion Liverpool, England
Sarah VanHorn Fr. 3.73 Women's Track Biology Lake Charles, LA
Ashleigh Wells Jr. 3.14 Women's Track Mass Communication Corona, CA
Meraiah Young Sr. 3.43 Women's Track Math Education Abbeville, LA


McNeese has 151 student-athletes on spring honor lists
17 earn straight "A's"
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6/6/2012 6:24:00 PM

McNeese State had 17 student-athletes produce straight “A's” during the spring semester and a total of 151 on either the president's honor list or the honor roll for 2012.

To be named to the president's honor list students must obtain a 3.50 or better grade point average with 15 hours pursued while to be named to the honor roll, students have to produce a 3.00 GPA with 12 hours.

Leading the student-athletes with 4.00 averages for the spring were Tyler McDonald and Daniel Zaunbrecher from baseball, Pat Richard from men's basketball, Tyler Harbourt and Eric LeBlanc from football, Helene Bergman and Alaina Cleland from women's golf, Sarah Lalanne and Jordan Picou from soccer, Megan Griffith, Courtney Hebert, Kelsey Jolly and Katie Roux from softball, Brock Moreaux and Cody Skarupa from men's track, Allison Crawford from women's track and Katrina Mica from volleyball.

Women's track had a total of 26 athletes named to either one of the lists while football had 24.

“Congratulations to all of these student-athletes,” said Deb Kingrey, the academic counselor for athletics. “I'm so proud of their commitment to academics as well as to their sport.”

THE HONOREES:

PRESIDENT'S HONOR LIST

Baseball: Adam Duhon, Seth Granger, Andrew Guillotte, Connor Lloyd, Tyler McDonald, Nicholas Rivas, Renny Weber, Daniel Zaunbrecher

Men's Basketball: Tyson Queen

Women's Basketball: Jordan Hines, Liz Kingham

Football: Tyler Bolfing, Logan Gladney

Women's Golf: McKayla Anderson, Helene Bergman, Alaina Cleland, Kelsey Haynie, Audrey Koncaba, Kendall Tudor, Josephine Vajko, Alyssa Vega

Soccer: Amanda Denton, Kelsie Greenough, Jordan Grimes, Audrey LaLanne, Sarah LaLanne, Jordan Leinweaver, Sarah Lowdon, Jordan Picou, Casey Read, Katie Seeber, Krista Steinbeiser

Softball: Alanna Divittorio, Caitlyn Gulnn, Courtney Hebert, Wheeler Hill, Kelsey Jolly, Kim Kennedy, Laura Neil, Dani Price, Katie Roux

Tennis: Claudia Nenu, Juanita Ossa Velez, Diana Pirciu, Marcella Quintas-Castaldi

Men's track: Stephen Eccles, Brock Moreaux, Cody Skarupa

Women's track: Jasmine Cornelius, Alyssa Cotten, Allison Crawford, Fionnuala Ross, Sarah Van Horn

Volleyball: Rebecca Bekelja, Katrina Mica


McNeese track team to run Thursday at Sam Houston State
Football players will form most of the McNeese squad
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5/2/2012 1:12:00 PM

McNeese State will send a track team comprised mainly of Cowboy football players to Sam Houston State on Thursday for the Bearkat twilite meet.

Head coach Brendon Gilroy said that he was entering the athletes so they will have a chance at hitting the qualifying marks for next week's Southland Conference championship meet.

Some of them have already qualified and are attempting to post better marks while others will be trying to get that one good mark.

The meet will begin in the afternoon with running events to start at 3 p.m. and field events at 3:30 p.m. on the Sam Houston campus.

A total of 13 players from the Cowboy football team have joined the track squad for the season, the athletes beginning workouts following the completion of spring football.

“All are very good athletes and are going to help the team,” Gilroy noted.

Only male members of the team will be competing on Thursday and only one full time member – Cody Skarupa – will run. He's entered in the 400 meter dash where he will attempt to better his mark of 50.25.

Malcolm Glaze, Darius Carey, Ernest Celestie, Guy Morgan, Wallace Scott, Diontae Spencer, Kelvin Bennett and Deajon Mitchell will run the 100 meters and Celestie will also double in the 200 meters.

All of them will run a leg on the 4x100 meter relay, McNeese entering two teams in that event. Glaze, Spencer, Morgan and Scott will be on one team and Celestie, Mitchell, Carey and Bennett on the other.

Taking part in the field events will be Kenny Brown in the long jump and Quentin Marsh in the shot put.

Football players on the team but not taking part in Thursday's meet are Josh Jordan and Orrin Fontenot. Both have hit qualifying marks for the conference meet, Jordan in the javelin and Fontenot in the discus.

Conference qualifying marks in the 100 meters is 10.80 and 21.81 in the 200 meters. In the long jump the mark is 22-4 and in the discus it's 40-7.4.


Cowboy distance medley relay places second at Florida Relays
Foursome also sets a school record
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4/7/2012 8:03:00 PM

GAINESVILLE, FL – A second place effort by the McNeese State distance medley relay team of Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Torian Lindsey, Joshua Sawe and David Rooney led the Cowboys and the Cowgirls during the final day of the Florida Relays on Saturday.

The foursome posted a 9:51.80 clocking, trailing champion Indiana by only eight-tenths of a second. Georgia Tech was third, East Carolina fourth and Georgia fifth.

Splits for the Cowboys in the event had Bruce-Littlewood leading off with a 2:59, Lindsey running a 48.5 in the 400 meters, Sawe a 1:55 in the 800 meters and Rooney a 4:07 on the final leg.

The time was also a school record.

“I thought that we had a good day overall,” said head coach Brendon Gilroy. “The ladies also performed well in their relay races.”

There weren't many individual events on Saturday as relay races took over. Parminder Singh did participate in the high jump for the Cowboys and La'Shantena Rounds tossed the hammer and Ashlee Smith the shot put for the Cowgirls...

Cowboy football wide receiver Ernest Celestie joined the team and ran on the 4x100 relay team along with Morgan Wells, Lindsey and Tevon Remo that posted a 42.44 effort for 31st place.

Lindsey, Remo, Cody Skarupa and Sawe ran 3:46.21 for 22nd place in the 1600 meter relay.

Next up for the Cowboys and the Cowgirls will be the Mt. SAC distsance carnival in California and the Southeastern Louisiana Invitational in two weeks.


Mariah Georgetown sets school 60 meter high hurdle record
McNeese makes final tuneup
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2/11/2012 9:08:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, ALA – A school record setting performance by Mariah Georgetown in the women's 60 meter high hurdles highlighted McNeese State's performance in the Vulcan indoor track and field meet here Saturday.

The Cowgirl sophomore placed second in the event with a school record effort of 8.59. That broke her own record of 8.61 which she had set at the Southland Conference championship meet a year ago.

Also taking a top five finish on Saturday were La'Shantena Rounds in the women's weight throw, Jarrett LeBlanc in the men's 3000 meters and Parminder Singh in the men's high jump.

Rounds finished gthird in the women's weight throw with a toss of 57-7.75, LeBlanc ran 8:20.91 in the 3000 for fourth place and Singh jumped 6-9.75 for third in the high jump.

Alex Bruce-Littlewood ran eighth in the 3000 meters at 8:28.19 and the men's 4x400 meter relay of Torian Lindsey, Morgan Wells, Tevon Remo and Cody Skarupa placed sixth with a 3:21.12 clocking.

The Cowgirl 4x400 relay team of Marissa Sanders, Paige Lynch, Ashleigh Wells and Desarea Couthren ran sixth at 3:55.39.

Also for the Cowgirls, Ashlee Smith finished eighth in the weight throw at 52-8.675, Amy Talbot was eighth in the 800 meters at 2:16.1 and Wells ran ninth in the 200 meters at 25.27.

For the Cowboys, Jared Crafton placed 10th in the weight throw at 49-11, Lindsey was ninth in the 400 meters at 49.32 and Xavier Stevens was eighth in the triple jump at 46-4.75.

The meet was the final tuneup for the Cowboys and Cowgirls prior to the Southland Conference championship which is scheduled for Feb. 24-25 in Oklahoma City.


Track Team Breaks Several Records at the Jeff Davis/Mcneese Indoor Meet
Georgetown and Fontenot make debuts in pentathlon
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2/3/2012 11:02:00 PM

The McNeese State track team hosted the Jeff Davis/McNeese Indoor track meet Friday at the McNeese recreation complex, the second meet hosted by the team this season. The team broke several records in the meet including a shot put record that was broken by two Cowgirl throwers.

The Cowboys swept the one mile run and Alex Bruce-Littlewood broke the school record in the mile with a time of 4:06.19 in just his first season with McNeese,. Second place went to Jarrett LeBlanc with a 4:08.21 time and Jonathon Koenck finished the sweep running a time of 4:18.26.

“It felt really good to get that record,” said Littlewood. “We have been training with David Rooney (previous record holder) and the results of the race shows that we are all been getting better.”

In the 3000 meter run Allison Crawford ran a 10:48.68 which gave her fifth place. On the men's side Brock Moreaux finished in fourth place with his time of 8:46.67 and Lewi Manirumva finished in sixth with his 8:52.05 time while Andrew Kogut was a close seventh with a time of 8:52.66.

McNeese finished well in the 4X400 meter relay. The women won the race with their time of 3:26.41 while the men place fifth with their time of 3:29.83.

Cody Skarupa won the 600 meter run with a 1:22.12 time. Also, the McNeese women's team won the distance medley wth a time of 12:41.15.

McNeese head track coach Brendon Gilroy was very pleased with his team's performance saying, “We did well in several events today, especially the men's mile run. Our athlete's are training very hard and getting better every day. I'm very proud of them.”


Parminder Singh wins high jump at Arkansas State indoor meet
Cowboys and Cowgirls turned in good efforts during second day of meet
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1/28/2012 2:29:00 PM

JONESBORO, AR – A first place effort along with a personal best by high jumper Parminder Singh led McNeese State during the second and final day of the Arkansas State invitational track and field meet here Saturday.

The Cowboy junior went 6-11 to win the high jump, posting his career best.

Also during Saturday's meet, McNeese got a third place from Amy Talbot in the 800 meters and a second place from its men's 4x400 meter relay team.

Head coach Brendon Gilroy said that he felt his team had some very good performances during the day, noting Singh's high jump, Talbot's 880, the efforts of the team's 4x400 meter relays, the pole vault by Alyssa Cotton and shot put efforts by Ashlee Smith and Thomas Canchola.

Talbot finished third in the 800 with a 2:16.7 clocking while the men's 4x400 relay team of Torian Lindsey, Robert Graham, Cody Skarupa and Tevon Remo ran 3:21.09 for second place.

Cotton went 11-5.75 for a fifth place in the pole vault, Smith had a 44-2 for fourth place in the women's shot put and Canchola went 52-7.5 for fourth in the men's shot put.

The women put two teams into the 4x400 meters and they finished fourth and fifth. Ashleigh Wells, Desarae Couthren, Jasmine George and Paige Lynch ran 3:59.31 for fourth place and Racheal Easton, Mariah Georgetown, Simone Johnson and Marissa Sanders posted a 4:02.24 for fifth place.

Other top five efforts by the Cowboys had Xavier Stevens go 47-5 for fifth place in the triple jump, Lewi Manirumva was fifth in the one mile at 4:25.6 and the Cowgirls had Allison Crawford run 5:24.71 for fifth place in the mile.

Also for the Cowboys, Andrew Kogut ran 4:26.12 for eighth place in the mile followed by Brock Moreaux with 4:30.83 for 11th place and Alex Kiptoo 4:31.94 for 12th place; Skarupa posted a 50.78 for seventh place in the 400 meters followed by Graham with 52.84 for 18th place; Moreaux also ran 2:02.67 for 10th in the 800, Kogut was 11th at 2:02.94 and Manirumva 2:04.3 for 12th place; Lindsey ran 22.75 for 11th place in the 200 meters and Tristan Joynes ran 8.30 for eighth place in the 55 hurdles.


McNeese will compete in Arkansas State meet Friday and Saturday
Georgetown and Fontenot make debuts in pentathlon
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1/25/2012 10:06:00 PM

McNeese State competes in the two day Arkansas State indoor track and field meet Friday and Saturday and Cowgirls' Mariah Georgetown and Kayla Fontenot will make their season debuts in the pentathlon.

Both Georgetown and Fontenot are expected to be among the Southland Conference leaders in the five event (55 hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, 800 meters) exercise this season.

In 2011, Georgetown finished fourth in the pentathlon during the SLC indoor championship meet, winning the 60 hurdles. Fontenot placed seventh and won the long jump and shot put events.

During last spring's outdoor SLC championship meet, Georgetown placed third in the heptathlon, going on to be named to the all-conference and the all-Lousiana teams as well as being named McNeese's women's track athlete of the year.

Georgetown's career best point total in the pentathlon is 3,380 points while Fontenot has a 3,312 best.

It's going to be a busy weekend for Georgetown as she will also run in the women's 55 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and will run a leg on a 4x400 meter relay team.

Among the other Cowgirls entered in this week's meet are Jacqueline Berry who won the 55 meter dash at the McNeese I indoor meet two weeks ago and finished second in the 200 meters, Ashlee Smith who won the weight throw at 54-0 and finished third in the shot put at 42-11, Fionnuala Ross who won the 3000 meters and Amy Talbot who won the mile run.

Both Ross and Talbot will only run the 3000 meters at Arkansas State.

Top performers entered for the Cowboys are expected to be Cody Skarupa in the 400 meters, Xavier Stevens in the triple jump and Jared Crafton in the weight throw.

In their last performance – the McNeese Indoor I meet – Skarupa won the 400 meter dash with a 51.17 clocking, Stevens claimed the triple jump with a leap of 49-1 and Crafton won the weight thow at 48-1.25.


McNeese student athletes named to school honor roll
Forty-one percent of the athletes are honored
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1/18/2012 2:29:00 PM

A total of 149 student-athletes, including 24 with straight A averages, were named to the McNeese State fall semester honor roll.

That's 40 percent of the 367 university's student-athletes with 3.00 grade point averages or better.

“Congratulations to all of the student athletes that made the President's Honor Llist and Honor Roll this past fall,” said Deb Kingrey, the academic counselor for the athletic department. “Academic success is as important as success on the field or and court and I'm mproud of the hard work and dedication of these student athletes in the classroom.”

Forty-six of the McNeese student athletes were named to the President's List which singles out only those with 3.50 averages or better. Some of the athletes with straight A averages did not take the required 12 hours needed to make the President's list as they were completing their degree requirements.

The breakdown of athletes with honor roll averages by sports is: baseball (17), men's basketball (5), women's basketball (6), football (29), men's golf (3), women's golf (8), soccer (22), softball (17), tennis (6), men's track (11), women's track (20) and volleyball (5).

By percentage of total athletes to honor roll students, soccer had the best ratio with 26 members on the team and 22 making the honor llist (.846), tennis eight on the team and six making the honor roll (.750), women's golf with 12 and eight (.667) amd women's track with 37 and 20 (.540).

McNeese student athletes posting perfect grade point averages (4.00) for the fall semester were (baseball) Taylor Drake, Connor Lloyd, Tyler McDonald, Daniel Zaunbrecher; (men's basketball) Stephen Martin; (women's basketball) Ashlyn Baggett, Caitlyn Baggett; (football) Ben Bourgeois; (women's golf) McKayla Anderson, Helene Bergman, Alaina Cleland, Audrey Koncaba; (soccer) Cheyenne Ganley, Sarah LaLanne, Kathryn Seeber, Alanna Divittorio, Courtney Hebert; (softball) Lauren Langner, Lindsey Langner, Katie Roux, Katie Shumaker; and (track and field) Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Lauren Cooper and Allison Crawford.

HONOR ROLL (3.00 grade point average or better):

MEN'S TRACK: Samuel Bowers, Alex Evans, Johnathan Koenck, Torian Lindssey, Cody Skarupa, Sam Viddrine, Morgan Wells

WOMEN'S TRACK: Jillian Biagini, Jasmine Cornelius, Alyssa Cotton, Angelina Covington, Taylor De La Rosa, Mariah Georgetown, Jada Jackson, Simone Johnson, Amanda LeJeune, Fionnuala Ross, Ashlee Smith, Corissa Storms, Sarah Van Horn, Ashleigh Wells, Meraiah Young


LeBlanc, Talbot, Bruce-Littlewood and Ross lead McNeese in season opener
Cowboys and Cowgirls claim 10 first places
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1/13/2012 10:06:00 PM

Victories in four distance races by Jarrett LeBlanc, Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Amy Talbot and Fionnuala Ross highlighted McNeese State's performance in its season opening indoor track meet on campus Friday.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls totaled 10 first places in the McNeese Indoor I meet at the Ralph O. Ward Rec-Complex that is a two day event with high schools taking over on Saturday.

LeBlanc won the men's mile run with a clocking of 4:10 while Bruce-Littlewood took the 800 meters in 1:56.49, Talbot won the women's mile in 5:09.19 and Ross won the women's 3000 meters in 10:25.28.

Also for the Cowboys, champions were Jared Crafton with a 48-1.25 toss in the weight throw, Xavier Stevens with a 49-1 in the triple jump and Cody Skarupa with a 51.17 clocking in the 400 meters.

For the Cowgirls, Ashlee Smith won the weight throw at 54-0, Jacqueline Berry had a 7.44 effort in the 55 meter dash and Mariah Georgetown won the 55 hurdles in 8.25.

“I thought that we had a good start,” said head coach Brendon Gilroy. “Up top (the indoor oval track upstairs at the rec-complex) we really had some good first meet performances.”


Gold team wins McNeese's Jon Fagan benefit track and field meet
Torian Lindsey wins three events on Friday
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12/2/2011 5:37:00 PM

The Gold held onto its lead and won McNeese State's Jon Fagan benefit Blue/Gold track and field meet Friday.

The Gold, which had entered the day with a two point lead, produced seven individual first place finishes and also claimed the 4x400 meter coed relay race to score 278 points. The Blue finished with 257 points.

Sprinters led the way during Friday's finale which was all running events. Torian Lindsey and Ashleigh Wells were triple event winners, Lindsey for the Gold team and Wells for the Blue squad.

Lindsey took the men's 60 meter dash in 7.17, the 150 meter dash in 16.90 and the 300 meter dash in 35.20.

Also taking first places for the Gold team were Jarrett LeBlanc in the 600 meters, Lauren Cooper in the women's 2000 meters and Mariah Georgetown in the 60 meter hurdles.

LeBlanc, a double event winner at last year's Southland Conference track and field championship meet, ran a 1:23.50 clocking in winning the 600 meters while Cooper posted a 6:54.80 in the 2000 meters and Georgetown went 8.71 in winning the hurdle race.

Other champions for the Blues were Jillian Biagini with a 1:43.70 time in the women's 600 meters, Johnathan Koenck with a 5:21.50 in the men's 2000 meters and Morgan Wells with an 8.55 in the men's 60 meter hurdles.

The Gold relay team of Robert Graham, Courtney Carter, Cody Skarupa and Rachel Easton won the 4x400 meter coed relay in 3:51.57.

FRIDAY RESULTS: McNeese State Jon Fagan Benefit Blue/Gold track and field meet

Men's 300 Meters: 1-Torian Lindsey (Gold) 35.20, 2-Cody Skarupa (Gold) 36.23, 3-Robert Graham (Gold) 36.84, 4-Morgan Wells (Blue) 38.16, 5-Sunny Singh (Blue) 38.85, 6-Dylan Armentor (Blue) 39.12

Men's 60 Hurdles: 1-Morgan Wells (Blue) 8.55, 2-Cody Skarupa (Gold) 8.62, 3-Lance Ardoin (Gold) 10.44, 4-Johnathan Koenck (Blue) 10.60, 5-Sulnny Singh (Blue) 10.65, 6-Robert Graham (Gold) 10.77


COED 4X400 RELAY: 1-GOLD (Robert Graham, Courtney Carter, Cody Sharupa, Rachel Easton) 3:51.57


McNeese has 147 student-athletes named to honor roll for the spring
Women's tennis has highest overall team grade point average
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6/29/2011 4:56:13 PM

McNeese State had 147 student-athletes named to either the President's honor list or to the honor roll for the spring semester.

That is almost half of the total number of student-athletes at the university.

Deb Kingrey, academic counselor for the athletic department, announced the honor lists and said, “I'm so proud of our student-athletes for their efforts and dedication in achieving a high level of academic success.”

A total of 54 student-athletes were named to the President's honor list, those making that list having to produce a grade point average of 3.50 (out of a possible 4.00) or better with 15 hours taken.

Ninety-three other student-athletes were named to the honor roll list with 3.00 gpa's and 15 hours pursued.

Football had a total of 37 players on the two lists while soccer and women's track 16, baseball 15, softball 14, men's track 11, women's basketball eight, men's golf and women's golf seven each, tennis six, volleyball five and men's basketball three.

A total of 24 student-athletes produced a perfect 4.00 gpa with softball leading with six, football having five and soccer four.

The women's tennis squad had the top team overall grade average, a 3.49 mark. The soccer team produced a 3.35 gpa, women's golf had 3.31, softball 3.29 and volleyball 3.14.

MCNEESE STUDENT-ATHLETE SPRING 2011 PRESIDENT'S HONOR LIST

BASEBALL: Josh Lebert, Connor Lloyd, Tyler McDonald, Jace Peterson, Ross Rowland, Daniel Zaunbrecher
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Preston David, Tyson Queen
FOOTBALL: Ben Bourgeois, Zach O'Quinn, Matt Polansky, Trent Whitley
MEN'S GOLF: James Anderson
WOMEN'S GOLF: McKayla Anderson, Helene Bergman, Alaina Cleland, Kelsey Haynie, Audrey Koncaba
SOCCER: Alana Clark, Alexandra Gallier, Jordan Leinweaver, Jordan Picou, Megan Rogers, Kathryn Seeber, Megan Snelling, Lindsey Zwahr
SOFTBALL: Alanna Divittorio, Brianna Granger, Courtney Hebert, Kourtney Kober, Marissa Koetting, Lindsey Langner, Kelsey McClain, Dani Price, Katie Roux, Kayla Shepherd, Mykeisha Young
TENNIS: Maria del Rocio Frausto Cornish, Marcella Quintas-Castaldi, Ilona Serchenko, Tea Tvrtkovic
MEN'S TRACK: Brent Ewing, James Marcantel, Brock Moreaux, Cody Skarupa
WOMEN'S TRACK: Alvy Carragher, Allison Crawford, Paige Lynch, Fionnuala Ross, Carly Thurman
VOLLEYBALL: Rebecca Bekelja, Whitney Ellisor, Erin Huckabay, Katrina Mica


McNeese has 92 student-athletes named to SLC commissioner's spring academic list
Cowboy/Cowgirl total is second high in conference
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6/23/2011 5:31:01 PM

McNeese State had 92 student-athletes named to the Southland Conference commissioner's spring academic honor roll the league office announced on Thursday.

More than 950 student-athletes from all members of the conference were named to the list.

McNeese's total of 92 was second high, Texas State leading with 102 honorees.

The total of 953 student-athletes named to the spring honor roll surpassed the record of 932 set last spring. This year's list boasts 12 student-athletes of the year, four players of the year and a total of 143 student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the spring semester. The honor roll includes student-athletes who took part in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

McNeese State's 92 selections to the commissioner's list included 15 student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA. A total of 14 men's and women's basketball players earned a spot on the honor roll after leading the school to a sweep of the men's and women's regular-season titles, a first in the history of the Southland. Eight women's players, including Ashlyn Baggett, the most valuable player of the women's tournament, and six men's players, including all-conference selections Diego Kapelan and P.J. Alawoya, earned mention. Baggett, who was the women's basketball student-athlete of the year, earned a 3.66 GPA in nursing and also was the McNeese State Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Baseball junior Jace Peterson was the McNeese State Male Scholar Athlete of the Year after posting a 3.81 GPA in general studies. He was also the Southland's top pick in the MLB Draft earlier this month, going 58th overall to the San Diego Padres.

The Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll is released within 30 days at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters, recognizing student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes, nominated by their respective academic advisors, must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.

The McNeese track and field team led the school with 28 selections, 16 women and 12 men, while baseball had 15, softball 14, women's basketball and women's golf eight each, tennis seven and men's basketball and men's golf six each.

McNeese State's 2011 SLC Commissioner's spring honor list

Name Cl. GPA Sport Major Hometown

Sam Bowers Jr. 3.29 M Track & Field Management Lake Charles, La.
Thomas Canchola So. 3.29 M Track & Field Mechanical Engineering Reffigo, Texas
Ben Chretien Sr. 3.57 M Track & Field Management Elton, La.
Brent Ewing Jr. 3.68 M Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Cincinnati, Ohio
Charles Jackson Sr. 3.50 M Track & Field HHP-Health Promotion Tallulah, La.
Alex Kiptoo Fr. 3.00 M Track & Field Nursing Eldoret, Kenya
Edwin Koenck Sr. 3.28 M Track & Field Liberal Studies Anacoco, La.
Kevin Laughlin Jr. 3.75 M Track & Field Art Metairie, La.
Jarrett LeBlanc Jr. 3.00 M Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Jennings, La.
James Marcantel Jr. 3.61 M Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Leesville, La.
Justin Moreaux So. 3.83 M Track & Field Management Delcambre, La.
Cody Skarupa Fr. 3.70 M Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Destin, Fla.
Alvy Carragher Sr. 4.00 W Track & Field Biology Tipperary, Ireland
Haley Carrier Fr. 3.11 W Track & Field Nursing Lake Charles, La.
Aisling Casey Jr. 3.53 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Sligo, Ireland
Jasmine Cornelius Fr. 3.25 W Track & Field Biology Elgin, Texas
Alyssa Cotten So. 3.53 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Baytown, Texas
Allison Crawford Fr. 3.53 W Track & Field Nursing Tucson, Ariz.
Mariah Georgetown Fr. 3.05 W Track & Field HHP-Education Baker, La.
Paige Lynch So. 3.77 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Rosenburg, Texas
Fionnuala Ross So. 3.66 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Craigavon, N. Ireland
Marissa Sanders So. 3.43 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Willimantic, Conn.
Emily Spence Fr. 3.06 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Monroe, La.
Amy Talbot Fr. 3.14 W Track & Field HHP-Exercise Science Liverpool, England
Rachel Taylor Fr. 3.25 W Track & Field HHP-Education Round Rock, Texas
DeAnn Washington Gr. 4.00 W Track & Field HHPM-Health Promotion Milano, Texas
Ashleigh Wells So. 3.25 W Track & Field Mass Communication Corona, Calif.
Meraiah Young Sr. 3.00 W Track & Field Math Education Abbeville, La.


McNeese makes home indoor track and field debut
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1/15/2011 3:33:00 PM

Double event winners Charles Jackson and Mariah Georgetown led McNeese State in its home indoor track and field meet debut of the season here Friday.

No team totals were kept in the meet but the Cowboys and Cowgirls totaled 15 first place efforts, six by the Cowboys and nine by the Cowgirls. Joining McNeese for the meet were teams from Tiffen (Ohio) University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Incarnate Word.

Jackson, a senior, won the 55 meter dash and the 200 meter dash and also ran the lead leg on the winning men's 4x400 meter relay team. He posted a 6.44 clocking in the 55 meters and a 22.79 mark in the 200 meters.

He was joined by Cody Skarupa, Jim Marcantel and Torian Lindsey on the winning relay team which produced a 3:30.84 clocking.

Georgetown, a rookie, won the women's 55 meter high hurdles in 8.23 and the long jump at 18-4.5 and she also ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x400 relay which ran a 4:06.86. ON that team she was joined by Jasmine Cornelius and Desarae Couthren.

Other first place efforts for the Cowboys were posted by Parminder Singh with a 6-8 high jump, by Skarupa with a 1:58.84 effort in the 800 meters and by Thomas Canchola with a 53-5.75 effort in the shot put.

"It was a good meet for us," said McNeese coach Brendon Gilroy. "This was a tune up to get the rust off after the Christmas holidays. I thought that a lot of kids put forth a very good effort.

"We had some good individual performances. That high jump by Sunny (Singh) was one of the better ones in this arena (complex record is 7-2). This is definitely something to build on."


McNeese will host collegiate indoor track meet on Friday
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1/13/2011 8:55:00 PM

McNeese State will host on Friday the first of two indoor track and field meets it will hold at the Ralph O.Ward rec-complex on campus this year. Friday's meet will begin with field events at 3 p.m. and running events at 5 p.m.

Scheduled for Saturday is a high school meet with more than 60 teams and 600 athletes competing. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day.

The Cowboys finished second in last year's meet while the Cowgirls were champions. On Feb. 4 the Cowboys and Cowgirls will host the Jeff Davis McNeese Indoor II meet in the same location.

McNeese will have four champions from last year's meet in the field. A year ago Torian Lindsey won the men's 400 meter run while in the women's division, Kayla Fontenot won the 55 hurdles, Paige Lynch the 55 meter dash, and Aisling Casey the mile run.

A featured event of Friday's meet is expected to be the men's 3,000 meter run which will highlight McNeese's Joshua Sawe and AM-Corpus Christi's Patrick Kineli. Kineli won last year's Southland cross country meet while Sawe placed fifth.

In the Cowboys season opening indoor meet - last month at Arkansas State - Sawe posted an 8:34.99 effort in the 3000 meters for a second place finish.

Also in that meet Cowgirl freshman Mariah Georgetown set a school record in the 55 meter hurdles. She finished second in the event.

Other runnerup finishes for McNeese in that meet were by Jacqueline Berry and the men's 4x400 meter relay team. Berry went 37-9 1/2 for second place in the women's triple jump and the Cowboy relay team of Charles Jackson, Michael Washington, Cody Skarupa and Lindsey ran 3:22.85 for its second place.

Coming up with third place efforts in the meet were Parminder Singh in the men's high jump (6-6 ¾) and Amy Guinn in the women's 3000 meter run (10:17.72).


McNeese has 157 student athletes on honor roll
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January 12, 2011 - Track & Field

A total of 157 student athletes at McNeese State were named to either the President's Honor List or to the University's Honor Roll for the fall semester of the 2010-2011 school year.

That's a 45 percentage of the student athletes enrolled at McNeese State with a 3.00 or better grade point average for the semster.

"I am so proud of these young men and women," said athletic director Tommy McClelland. "They have responded to the challenge of being champions in the class room. To be able to say that nearly half of all of our student athletes are on the honor roll is one of the greatest things an athletics administrator can say. I encourage these student athletes to continue on the path of academic greatness for themselves and also because of the influence that it has on others around them."

A total of 68 student athletes were named to the President's Honor List (15 hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher) and 89 to the Honor Roll (12 hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better)...

STUDENT ATHLETES ON PRESIDENT'S HONOR LIST

Men's Track: Brent Ewing, Edwin Koenck, Brock Moreaux, Jordan Neil, Cody Skarupa

Women's Track: Georgia Ball, Katarina Caraway, Alvy Carragher, Haley Carrier, Courtnei Carter, Jasmine Cornelius, Allison Crawford, Fionnuala Ross, Carly Thurman


McNeese places well in season opening indoor track and field meet
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12/5/2010 1:43:00 AM

Jonesboro, AR - Second place efforts by Joshua Sawe, Jacqueline Berry and Mariah Georgetown and the men's 4x400 meter relay team as well as a school record by Georgetown highlighted McNeese State's performance during the Arkansas State Christmas indoor track and field meet here Saturday.

The meet opened the indoor season for the Cowboys and the Cowgirls and will be the only one until after the first of the new year for them.

Sawe posted an 8:34.99 effort for his runnerup finish in the men's 3000 meter run and he was only defeated by Aaron Batey who was running unattached and produced an 8:33.67 finish.

Berry placed second in the women's triple jump with a leap of 37-9 ½ while Georgetown was second in the 55 meter hurdles with a school record effort of 8.17, that mark breaking the old standard of 8.45 that had been run by Antwanette Reece in 2001.

The Cowboy relay team of Charles Jackson, Michael Washington, Cody Skarupa and Torian Lindsey ran 3:22.85 for its second place finish.

Coming up with third place efforts in the meet were Parminder Singh in the men's high jump (6-6 ¾) and Amy Guinn in the women's 3000 meter run (10:17.72) while fourth places were won by Skarupa in the 800 meters (1:5839), Ronald Stine in the men's 200 meters (22.29), Jarrett LeBlanc in the men's 3000 meters (8:43.75), Jasmine Cornelius in the women's high jump (5-3) and the women's 4x400 meter relay team of Ashleigh Wells, Desarae Couthren, Jasmine Cornelius and Georgetown (4:03.64)

Georgetown, who is one of the standout freshmen on the team this year, also placed fifth in the women's pentathlon with 3,115 points.

McNeese coach Brendon Gilroy said that he thought his team's performance was a good one in its first meet of the year.

"As you can see we scored points in almost all of the events leading to what should be well rounded performances for us in all of our meets this year."

(MEN)
800 meters: 4-Cody Skarupa (1:58.39), 9-Michael Washington (2:00.49)
4x400 relay: 2-Charles Jackson, Michael Washington, Cody Skarupa, Torian Lindsey (3:22.85)


McNeese announces nine track and field recruits
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JUNE 22, 2010 - Track & Field

McNeese State recently kicked off its track and field recruiting season with the signing of two for the Cowboy team and seven for the Cowgirls.

Head coach Brendon Gilroy made the announcement of the signees, adding "This class of women should help add depth to our young sprint and jumping corps for the coming season. We identified an area we needed to get more competitive in and we feel that this group will come in ready to go. They all had success at their last stop.

"I expect the two men we signed to also make a significant contribution to our Cowboy team this year."

New Cowboys on the squad will be hurdler/middle distance runner Cody Skarupa from Collegiate High School in Destin, FL and jumper Xavier Stevens from Acadiana High.

Joining the Cowgirls will be sprinter/jumper Mariah Georgetown of Bethany Christian of Baton Rouge, jumper/sprinter Jasmine Cornelius of Elgin (TX) HS, hurdler/jumper/sprinter Desarae Couthren of Elgin HS, hurdler/sprinter Emily Spence of Sterlington (LA) HS, jumper/sprinter Courtnei Carter of St. Louis HS, jumper/sprinter Cassie Cubbison of Lorena (TX) HS and distance runner Georgia Ball of William Farr HS in the United Kingdom.

Skarupa was a champion in the 800 meters during McNeese's own Cowboy Relays last indoor season and he went on to post a best of 1:55 in the event. However, his best event could be the long hurdles as he is presently the 11th ranked high school hurdler in the nation with a top effort of 53.6 in the 400 hurdles.

He won district and regional titles in the 300 hurdles during the year and finished fifth in the state meet.

Stevens was the state Class AAAAA runnerup in the triple jump event this past season with a best of 47-8.