FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Chris Jefferson and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch were named the Southland Conference Indoor Men’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.The Bearkats claimed a first-place team finish out of a 16-team field in their season-opener at Texas A&M’s Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas. Houston Baptist also opened its season at the Ted Nelson Invitational, where Welch posted one of two HBU school records set over the weekend.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State – RSr. – Houston, TexasJefferson kicked off his senior indoor season in style at the Ted Nelson Invitational, taking first-place finishes in both the 60-meter and 200-meter events. His performance in the 200-meter race set a school record and became the fastest 200-meter time in the country at 20.85. The senior’s win in the 60-meter event was clocked at a 6.71 clip, a mark that ranks first in the Southland Conference and stands as the 12th fastest in the country.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Cliff Resias, Southeastern La.; Tyler Smith, McNeese; Daniel Armstrong, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dickinson, TexasIn his collegiate debut, Welch broke the Houston Baptist program record in the triple jump. The freshman obliterated the previous mark by more than a foot and a half with a 49-10.5 distance. Welch’s triple jump performance stands first in the Southland and 21st in the nation.Honorable Mention: Antonio Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Zach Seaman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.