Lady Toppers Capture Sun Belt Conference Crown at Indoor Track Championships


Jonesboro, Ark. — The Western Kentucky University track and field teams opened competition at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference indoor championships Saturday at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.

The Lady Toppers were sitting in second place after the conclusion of day one, tallying 39 points. The women’s team leader after five finals on the first day was host ASU with 41.5 points, while Middle Tennessee is third at 37 points.

The Lady Toppers jumped out to a good start on the first day, with Sharika Smith taking all-SBC honors in the long jump. Sharika Smith moved into a tie for the top jump in the history of WKU women’s indoor track, winning the event with a leap of 19-9. Sharika also qualified for the finals in three events, clocking the top seed time in the 55-meter dash at 7.11 seconds, while finishing third in the preliminaries of the 55-meter hurdles at 8.23 and fifth in the 200 meters at 24.91.

By the conclusion of day 2 the Lady Toppers ran away with the championship recording 142 points. MTSU came in second, scoring 93 points. Smith contributed by placing 4th in the triple jump going 39-1.75, 5th in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.19, and 6th in the 200m dash in 25.21. The squads will finish up their indoor season at the NCAA Championships before moving on to the outdoor season.

Steve King

Steve lives in Fulton with his wife and one son. In 2010, he graduated from Eastern New Mexico University . Now, he writes software and gadget reviews and sport news for the team. During his free time, Steve coaches baseball to junior high school boys.

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