UAPB Track and Field Earns SWAC Honors after Impressive SWAC Championship Performances


BIRMINGHAM, AL – With a dominant indoor track & field season, the University of Arkansas of Pine Bluff’s Safiya John was named Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer by the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Last week at the SWAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, John secured multiple medals while breaking meet records in the women’s pentathlon with 3981 points and in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.41 seconds, securing gold in both events.

John also collected a gold medal in the women’s triple jump, hopping, stepping, and jumping to a distance of 12.36 meters (40-06.75).

However, those weren’t the only medals John would collect. She also secured two silver medals in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.92 meters (19-05.25) and the women’s high jump, clearing the bar at the height of 1.67 meters to return to Pine Bluff with a decorated neck.

“Safiya is one of those special athletes that continues to amaze me with her work ethic, and the results show on the track,” said UAPB head coach Christopher McCoy about John’s achievement.

On the men’s side, Deandre Fyffe earned All-SWAC honors in the men’s shot put after earning a gold medal in the ring with a throw of 15.03 meters (49-03.75) to secure the podium’s top spot.

Caleb Snowden also earned All-SWAC honors after he was crowned as the men’s high jump champion once again, leaping over a 2.10-meter bar to cap off his impeccable indoor season.