You knew it had to end some time.
How long can the Lady Hornets keep winning Southwestern Athletic Conference championships in indoor track, cross country and outdoor track. At some point, that streak has to end.
But not this year.
Track coach Ritchie Beene continued his remarkable run of track championships, rallying from a 11.5-point deficit to Prairie View A&M on the final day to beat the Lady Panthers by 13 points by scoring 126 points on the final day of competition to win the SWAC outdoor track title in New Orleans for their fourth consecutive outdoor title.
“We knew we were going to need to come from behind today and we had talked about that in our meeting last night,” Beene said. “The thing about that is the respect I have for Prairie View, their athletes and their coaching staff. But where there is a will there is a way and we got out here today and not everything went our way, but we kept fighting.”
The Lady Hornets trailed the entire day until the 100-meter dash when Brianna Scott-Glover’s fourth-place finish and Paris Thompson’s fifth-place finish handed ASU nine points and a 107.5-106 lead with just seven events left. Alabama State pulled away in the 5000-meter run with 10 points on Artrailia LeSane’s third-place finish and Paige Rankine’s fifth-place finish.
The Lady Hornets also continued their dominance in the 4×100-meter relay event as the team of Jasmine Pope, Alexis Ferebee, Latrice Lee and Scott-Glover posted their best time of the season.
“Overall this has been an exciting weekend and I am so happy for these ladies,” Beene said. “A lot of people in the SWAC are going to come for you, but there is one thing about it. If you are going to get a SWAC championship right now you have to come through ASU.”