Northwestern State junior sprinter Natashia Jackson was voted Southland Conference Indoor Women’s Outstanding Running Events Performer Tuesday after leading the Lady Demons track and field team to a second consecutive runner-up finish at the conference championship meet on Feb. 24.
The Houston native accounted for 24 of NSU’s 85 points, winning the 200 meter dash (24.02) and anchoring the gold medal 4×400 relay team (3:43.60) at the Southland Indoor Championships. Jackson also claimed third in both the 60 (7.54, a new personal record) and the 400 (54.89) at the meet.
Her scoring total made her the Most Valuable Performer award winner as the high point scorer for the second straight year at the conference indoor championships.
Associate head track and field coach and sprints coach Adam Pennington says he is extremely proud of Jackson.
“There’s not a person more deserving of this award. In my seven years of coaching, she has been the hardest-working athlete that I’ve had the privilege of coaching,” said Pennington. “She is the type of person you want to build your team around. Jackson is an amazing leader, hard-worker, and fearless competitor.
“She has made the podium (at Southland indoor and outdoor championships) 15 times in just two and a half years. It takes someone truly special to do what she does. That’s how you become an NSU legend.”
The NSU track and field teams begin the 2019 outdoor season this Saturday at the McNeese Cowboy Relays/Bob Hayes Challenge. Lady Demons junior long jumper Jasmyn Steels will compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on the same day.