Steels repeats as Southland female field athlete of the week

January 14, 2017 – UAB Vulcan Invite – Birmingham, Alabama

Northwestern State Lady Demon jumper Jasmyn Steels was voted Southland Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week for a second straight week Wednesday as she continued her national dominance at the UA Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas this past weekend.

Steels’ astonishing personal best jump of 20-9 ¼ moved her up two spots in the national rankings to seventh, first in the Southland, and second in the school record book, only 1 ¼ inches behind by four-time All-American Stephanie Sowell in 2004.

The junior remains unbeaten in the long jump over four straight meets, also winning the award this past week after claiming gold at the LSU Bayou Bengal meet with a mark of 20-7 ¼.

The distinction now gives the Northwestern State track and field teams an award winner three weeks in a row for the indoor season.

Ceaser Stephens joined Steels this past week as the male field athlete of the week with his winning triple jump (50-9 1/2) in Baton Rouge. Stephens most recently finished sixth in the triple at the UA Tyson Invitational this past weekend with a career best and SLC best 51-8¼. The mark is currently the 25th best in the country.

Natashia Jackson was the first NSU athlete to be honored by the conference this season. The junior was voted female track athlete of the week after winning the 400 meter dash at the Pittsburg State Invitational on Jan. 26 with a time of 55.11.

NSU returns to Baton Rouge on Friday for the LSU Twilight meet before heading to Birmingham for the Southland Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 24 and 25.