Published on May 1, 2019 by Joey Mullins  
Track Champs

Samford University’s women's track and field team won the 2019 Southern Conference Outdoor Championship, their first conference outdoor championship since 2017. The men’s team finished as narrow runner-up to Western Carolina. The competition was hosted on Samford’s campus at the track and field complex.

In addition to the two team awards, junior Maggie Johnston was named the 2019 Most Outstanding Athlete and sophomore Amanda Dumar was named the winner of this year's Pinnacle Award.

The women's team totaled 228 points to take the championship, finishing 102 points higher than the next team (Wofford). Samford's men's team finished with 169 points, second only to defending champion Western Carolina's 186 points.

Several athletes from the Samford track and field teams will compete to try and better their times and distances for the NCAA Regionals in the Tennessee Challenge on May 4 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Additional top achievements:
Junior Charlotte Krause placed first in women's high jump
Junior Hugh Duggan placed first in men's pole vault
Junior Maggie Johnston placed first in the women's shot put event, the women's discus throw event, and placed second in women's hammer throw 
Freshman Emorie Long placed first in women’s javelin
Senior Karisa Nelson placed first in 1500-meter run
Sophomore Michael McMahan placed first in men’s 400-meter hurdles and third in 110-meter hurdles
Men's relay team earned first in 4x400 meter
Senior Tatiana Taylor placed first in women’s hammer throw 
Senior Sarah Sanford placed first in women’s 100-meter hurdles
Junior Tally Wilson placed first in women's pole vault
Sophomore Jackie Barnes placed second in women's pole vault
Junior Lauren Beard placed second in women’s 100-meter hurdles
Sophomore Morayo Bhadmos placed second in the women's triple jump
Senior Keyth Fightmaster placed second in men’s high jump
Sophomore Ben Garner placed second in men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase
Freshman Titus Moore placed second and third in men’s 110-meter hurdles
Sophomore Thomas Ozburn placed second in the men's decathlon
Junior Emmanuel Tait placed second in men’s 100-meter dash and first in 110-meter hurdles
Freshman Megan Elliott placed third in women's high jump
Freshman Justin Stuckey placed third in men’s high jump

Read the full summary of the competition

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.