UAPB’s Barnard, Roach earn SWAC indoor titles

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff distance runner Ninfa Barnard set a new SWAC record in the conference indoor 3,000-meter championship Saturday.

Barnard won the event on the first day of the SWAC indoor track and field championships with a time of 10 minutes, 5.59 seconds, beating the old mark set by UAPB’s Vasity Chemweno in 2008 by more than 8 seconds. To make her accomplishment more amazing, Barnard took a tumble in one of the turns with four laps to go, but got up and chased down leader Joyce Chumo of Mississippi Valley State and pulled away.

Chumo was second in 10:10.11.

Sireta Roach gave UAPB its second championship of the meet with a winning 43-foot, 7.25-inch throw in the shot put.

The championships conclude today.

Weevils earn two walk-off victories

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello secured a three-game sweep of its Great American Conference opening series, winning in walk-off fashion twice Saturday.

Ben Agredano launched a two-out, full-count, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Boll Weevils an 8-6 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State in the completion of a game that was suspended Friday due to darkness.

In the second game, Hunter Allday hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to score Taylor Eaves for a 10-9 victory. Agredano and Bronson Gilliam hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning of that game, and Eaves hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game at 8.


No 5,000th win for Borel

HOT SPRINGS — Jockey Calvin Borel remains one win shy of 5,000 for his career after failing to win in his Oaklawn season debut Saturday.

Borel has no mounts today and three Monday.

Don’t Tell Sophia won the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes on Saturday.

— Staff and wire reports