11. Houston Baptist 32 Pl. School Points Women’s Shot Put Southeastern Louisiana Ashley Davis Jr. 54-7.5/16.65m Men’s 400m Lamar Webster Slaughter So. 47.76 4. McNeese 72 2. Southeastern Louisiana 83 9. Central Arkansas 39 6. Stephen F. Austin 56.5 Men’s 3,000m Lamar Jordan Rowe So. 8:17.37 Day Two Champions Men’s 60m Northwestern State Micah Larkins Sr. 6.68 Men’s Heptathlon Houston Baptist Denim Rogers Jr. 5,528 12. New Orleans 6 10. McNeese 34 Women’s High Jump Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sashane Hanson Sr. 5-9.75/1.77m 3. Incarnate Word 81 Women’s Final Team Standings 4. Lamar 73 Men’s Final Team Standings Women’s 200m Northwestern State Natashia Jackson Jr. 24.02 Women’s 60m Lamar Thai Williams Sr. 7.51 13. Nicholls 0 Women’s 800m Stephen F. Austin Madison Compass Sr. 2:10.79 Men’s 60m Hurdles Sam Houston State Fabian McCall Jr. 7.75 Women’s 3,000m Stephen F. Austin Brittany Innis Sr. 9:52.79 Women’s 60m Hurdles Incarnate Word Jerica Love Sr. 8.41 1. Sam Houston State 112 Women’s 4x400m Northwestern State — — 3:43.60 Women’s Mile Stephen F. Austin Kelsey Ramirez So. 4:56.14 FINAL RESULTS | Photo Gallery | Championships HomepageBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the fourth straight year, the Sam Houston State men clawed their way to a first-place team finish at the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Stephen F. Austin women’s program dominated their way to a Southland Conference indoor championship of their own snapping a four-year drought.The Bearkats were the lone program to put up triple digits in the men’s championship topping out with 112 points on for their fourth conference championship in program history. The SHSU comeback was mounted following a third-place conclusion at the end of day one, where Sam Houston State found themselves trailing Southeastern Louisiana by 17 points. All told, SHSU claimed a trio of first-place finishes over the two-day stretch.Southeastern Louisiana’s men finished second in final standings with 83 points. The Lions were pulsed by D.J. Ruffin who was named the Men’s Most Valuable Performer after accounting for 29.5 of SLU’s points and a pair of conference championships in the long jump and high jump events. Ruffin’s performance stands as the second-most points accrued by a single individual in Southland Conference men’s history.Abilene Christian men compiled 77 points on the way to a third-place finish, while Lamar concluded with 73 points to take hold of fourth place. Northwestern State (62) finished the event in fifth overall. The Demons were followed by Stephen F. Austin (56.5), Incarnate Word (45), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (41.5), Central Arkansas (39), McNeese (34), Houston Baptist (32), New Orleans (6) and Nicholls (0).The Ladyjacks were a force to be reckoned with racking up six first-place finishes and 141 points on the way to their program’s ninth Southland team title. Freshman pole vaulter Nastassja Campbell edged out a Southland Championship record after vaulting her way to 14-0.9 mark. Stephen F. Austin beat out their next closest opponent by 56 points.Northwestern State claimed the runner-up position on the women’s side with 85 points and two gold medals, both of which came on day two.Incarnate Word concluded their best finish in program history taking third place with a program-best 81 points. McNeese came in next with 72 points, while Abilene Christian rounded out the top five with 65 points. Coming in sixth was Lamar (48), followed by Central Arkansas (43), Sam Houston State (43), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (38), Southeastern Louisiana (24), Houston Baptist (16), New Orleans (7) and Nicholls (0).In addition to Campbell’s record-breaking pole vault, there were three more conference championship marks that were broken over the two-day period.Southeastern Louisiana’s Ashley Davis bested her 2018 performance with a 54-7.5 heave in the women’s shot put event. Davis’ performance earned her a second consecutive gold medal in the indoor shot put.Up next was Fabian McCall of Sam Houston State who topped out in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.75. McCall’s outing bested the previous mark (7.81) set by Carl Johnson of UTSA in 2003.SHSU had one more Southland Championship record set by Jo’vaughn Martin in the 200m dash. Martin recorded a 20.94 clip to overcome fellow Bearkat Chris Jefferson’s mark of 21.07 in 2018.The top three finishers in each event final are recognized as First, Second and Third Team All-Conference, respectively. Individual men’s and women’s awards for Coach of the Year, Outstanding Running Events Performer, Outstanding Field Events Performer, Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Athlete of the Year will be nominated and voted upon by head coaches next week.For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted at the Birmingham CrossPlex March 8-9.The 2019 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for May 3-5 in Natchitoches, La. with Northwestern State serving as the host institution. 5. Abilene Christian 65 8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 41.5 9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 38 2. Northwestern State 85 7. Incarnate Word 45 3. Abilene Christian 77 Women’s Triple Jump Incarnate Word Sarea Alexander Sr. 42-7.0/12.98m Pl. School Points Event School Name Cl. Distance/Time/Points 13. Nicholls 0 10. Southeastern Louisiana 24 T7. Sam Houston State 43 Men’s 800m Stephen F. Austin Drake Murphy Sr. 1:49.97 11. Houston Baptist 16 1. Stephen F. Austin 141 Women’s 400m Stephen F. Austin Imani Nave Jr. 54.37 Men’s 200m Sam Houston State Jo’vaughn Martin Fr. 20.94 6. Lamar 48 Men’s Triple Jump Lamar Tylen Guidry Jr. 50-11.0/15.52m 5. Northwestern State 62 Men’s Shot Put Abilene Christian Kai Schmidt Sr. 58-11.5/17.97m 12. New Orleans 7 Men’s Mile Lamar Jordan Rowe So. 4:08.17 T7. Central Arkansas 43 Men’s 4x400m Abilene Christian — — 3:13.23
Auto industry leaders took up the issue of ban on big diesel cars and SUVs in Delhi-NCR with the PMO while seeking a solution on how to replace old polluting vehicles.Representatives of Society of Indian Automobile Industry (SIAM) and heads of automobile companies, including Maruti Suzuki India, Ford India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor met PMO officials, including Principal Secretary to PM, Nripendra Misra.ALSO READ: Toyota, Mercedes-Benz to re-consider investment plans in India”The primary agenda of the meeting was the ban on diesel cars and SUVs with engine capacity of 2,000cc and above in Delhi-NCR by the Supreme Court and to find a way forward,” an industry source said.When contacted, Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava, who was present at the meeting declined to comment. SIAM Secretary General Vishnu Mathur, also present in the meeting, was not available for comments.Another source said while the diesel ban was the top of the agenda, the meeting also discussed as to how government and the auto industry must work together to address pollution due to ageing vehicles.ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz India puts investments on hold due to SC diesel ban”Fleet replacement and scrapping of old vehicles were also discussed,” the source added.In December last year, the Supreme Court had banned sale of diesel cars and sport utility vehicles with engines of 2,000 cc and above in the wake of rising pollution in the city. It is likely to take up the matter next month. The National Green Tribunal had also imposed a similar ban in Kerala but has been stayed by the state high court.advertisementALSO READ:Confidence has taken a big knock since SC diesel ban, says Toyota IndiaThe developments led to some automakers reworking their plans and introducing models with petrol options or smaller diesel engines.Earlier this month Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had said the ban on diesel cars and SUVs with engines above 2,000 cc in Delhi-NCR by courts “is not the right way”.Calling it “unfortunate”, he said the government is already taking measures to curb pollution, and the ban has resulted in vehicles with latest technologies not being allowed while old polluting vehicles continue plying on the roads.ALSO READ:Diesel ban to hit future investments, lead to job loss: Mercedes BenzEarlier, Bhargava had termed the ban as “totally arbitrary”. Stating that cars are universally targeted for causing pollution as they represent “the well-off section of society”, he had reasoned that cars contributed to only around 2 per cent of pollution in the capital.Toyota, which is one of the companies hit hard by the ban, had termed restrictions as the “worst advertisement of India”. Mercedes Benz India had stated that it has put on hold its investments in India in the wake of the diesel ban.