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Dec 19, 2013 4:36 PM by TAMUCC.COM

Two Former Islanders Earn SLC Track Honors

CORPUS CHRISTI - As a part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, the Southland Conference released its All-Time Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Honor Rolls, which featured two former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi student-athletes.

The Islanders honored on the list were NCAA national champion Shadrack Songok, as well as standout Kassandrea Son.

Songok, a native of Kapsabet, Kenya, is just one of 11 Southland student-athletes that have won an NCAA Division I national championship. He was the 2008 NCAA champion in the Indoor 5000-meters, running a time of 13:51.26. This performance led to him being an All-American for the second time in his career. In 2006, Songok became the first Islander track & field athlete to earn All-American honors.

Also in the 2008 season, Songok set the Southland indoor meet record in the 3000-meters, running an 8:08.81 on his way to victory in the event.

The 2008 indoor season was also a successful one for the other A&M - Corpus Christi student-athlete who made the list, as Son was named the Southland Conference Indoor Freshman of the Year after being crowned the long jump champion with a school-record mark of 5.89 meters (19'4").

Later in her career, the Cedar Creek, Texas, native picked up another Southland indoor title and set another school record, this time in the long jump with a mark of 12.33 meters (40' 5-1/2"). During the same meet, Son also finished third in the long jump, third in the 60-meter dash and seventh in the 200-meter dash. This performance scored 22.5 points for her team, as she was the co-high-point scorer during the meet.

Also being recognized on the list is current A&M - Corpus Christi coach Shawn Flanagan for his work at UTSA. During his time with the Roadrunners, Flanagan was named the Southland Indoor Women's Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He also helped the UTSA women's program to indoor championships in the conference during those same seasons.

The men's honor roll includes 101 elite student-athletes in the sport going back to 1970, even though the Southland held its first indoor championship meet in 1980. The Southland began sponsoring an indoor championship for women in 1987, and that honoree list includes 74 all-time standouts. Additionally, six men's and three women's coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to these sports.

The Conference selected those performers that had multiple accomplishments during their careers, including numerous conference championships won, records set, NCAA and national championships, and participation in international competition.

For the latest information, follow the teams on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTFXC) and Facebook (Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field/Cross Country).


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