By Andrew Roberts SWAC Assistant Commissioner- Media Relations,
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas- Alabama State edged Prairie View A&M on the final day of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning the title in the last event of the day to claim their 11th consecutive outdoor title.
The Lady Hornets trailed Prairie View A&M with five events left on the day, taking the lead before Prairie View A&M tied the overall team score at 158-all heading into the final event of the day – the 4×400-meter relay. Alabama State would subsequently finish ahead of the Lady Panthers to win the title in the final event of the day with a time of 3:44.87.
Alabama State finished atop the standings with 168 points, finishing seven points ahead of Prairie View A&M (161) – the same amount the Lady Hornets trailed entering the day. UAPB finished third, followed by Southern and Grambling State.
Trailing heading into the sprint competitions, the Lady Hornets claimed their first title of the day in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 45.05 seconds, finishing ahead of UAPB (45.32) and Alabama A&M (46.25). Tionna Brown claimed the title of the “Fastest Woman in the SWAC” with a win in the 100-meters (11.26 seconds) and 200-meters (23.47 seconds) to pace Alabama State.
ASU’s Michaela Lewis added to the point total with a conference championship in the 1500-meter run, finishing atop the leaderboard in a time of 4:42.79. Alabama State’s Kyana Evans claimed the conference championship in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.11 seconds, finishing ahead of Tatyana McKenzie of UAPB (54.54).
2021 SWAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Individual Awards
Most Outstanding Field Performer
Tiara DeRosa- Mississippi Valley State
Most Outstanding Track Performer
Sharon Lebich- Grambling State
Coach of the Year
Ritchie Beene- Alabama State