FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Drake Murphy and Kevin Steward are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Murphy jetted to a new school record in the 800-meter race in posting the Southland Conference’s top time this year and helped the ‘Jacks win the 4 x 400-meter relay.Steward won the shot put competition. Both athletes’ performances came this weekend at the Leon Johnson Invitational in Natchitoches, La., where SFA registered 11 event wins in the single-day affair.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Drake Murphy, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Galveston, TexasMurphy set himself apart from the field while claiming the 800 meter race in 1:48.65. His mark is the fastest in the Southland this year and the sixth-best time of the season in the NCAA.The senior’s time broke the SFA school record, giving him both the all-time program 800-meter marks indoors (:1:52.21) and outdoors.Murphy, from Galveston, also ran a leg for the meet-winning 4 x 100-meter relay team that won with a time of 3:11.62 – the fourth-fastest in the league this year.Honorable Mention: Clint Cole, UIW; Micah Larkins, NSUMen’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kevin Steward, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Ovilla, TexasSteward’s shot put toss of 16.63 meters (54 feet, 6.75 inches) gave him the meet win. The effort is the fifth-best mark in the league this year.Honorable Mention: Nemanja Koviljac, McNeeseSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
M.P. LEADS THE WAY!With the late summer-like weather lasting well into the week, it was cat 3 member M.P.O’Donnell  who took full advantage of the benign conditions and, although recording a double bogey at Hall Door [1st], Michael took the turn with 20pts only for another double bogey at 10th [Cornagill] and a ‘blank’ at Stackyard [14th] to halt progress but 19pts on inward nine was enough to relegate Sam Hegarty  to runner-up on 37pts.Saturday 22nd was day one of the annual Audi Open Weekend of Golf and driving into the record books was club ‘seniors’ team captain Kevin Kiely  who, with birdies at 1st, 3rd and 5th holes, returned a level par 22pts on outward nine and, with a nett level par four over on back nine, scored his way onto the team panel for Sunday’s final with a winning total of 40pts. In runner-up spot was single figure handicapper Simon Stephens  whose magnificent level par round card read like a European Tour player’s with successive birdies at 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th holes for a two  under outward nine, double bogeys at 13th and 17th and yet another birdie at Stockade [18th] for a two over back nine and 39pts. A close third placing went to Kevin Rafferty  whose birdies at Glebe [2nd] and The Isle [7th] gave him 21pts on front nine but no doubt hisdouble bogey at 10th robbed him of top spot. Another great scorehelped John Doran to the gross prize, with birdies at 5th, 11th and 18th but unfortunate double bogeys at 7th and 16th kept him out of top spot also.The second day of the Audi Open, Sunday 23rd, had ‘Boss’ watch collector and cat 4 member Paddy O’ Gorman  taking top spot with 39pts. Despite three ‘blanks’ and a double bogey on the card, Paddy took control on back nine to record 24pts and outpoint runner-up EndaMannion  by one. Enda’s ‘blank’ at Inishowen, par three 5th, was quickly erased by his birdie at 7th for a 20pt front nine and, once again, if not for a double bogey at 18th, Enda would have taken the winner’s title. In third place with 37pts was Kevin Roche  and gross was won by Kieran Sweeney  with 30pts gross.Congratulations to club member Kevin Kiely who completed a unique ‘double’ over the weekend by also winning the 10k road race on Sunday and of course will be hoping for atreble by leading his club seniors team to win the Donegal Seniors Challenge Pennant for the second year in succession on Sunday, 30th.Anne Condon, organizer of the social club’s Night at the Races, is looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday 28th. There are still horses available for members and friends attending on the night and, if anyone is interested, horses to sponsor for some of the races. Racesponsorship is €100, horses are €10 each.Browns on the Green will be providing snacks on the night.Thank you in anticipation! MP leads the way with sensational round at Barnhill was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BarhillgolfSport