FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach and Stephen F. Austin’s Madison Pecot are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.Gerlach competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Oliver Jackson Twilight for the Wildcats in Abilene, Texas, over the weekend. The sophomore clocked in at 11:09.42 for a first-place finish and the Southland’s fourth-fastest performance of the season in the running event. Gerlach topped the second-place finisher by one minute en route to producing Abilene Christian’s seventh-fastest steeplechase performance in program history.Pecot cleared the bar at 14-2.5 feet in the pole vault for the Ladyjacks at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster in College Station, Texas, this past weekend. The senior topped the field with a first-place finish, while registering the NCAA’s fifth best pole vault mark of the 2019 season.The awards mark the first of the season for both Gerlach and Pecot.Southland competitors will now shift their attention to the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championship, beginning Friday, May 3. The conference meet will be hosted by Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian – So. – Gakona, AlaskaSophomore Briahna Gerlach clocked the school’s seventh-fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 11:09.42. Her performance earned her first-place honors at the Oliver Jackson Twilight Open in Abilene, Texas and claimed the Southland’s fourth-fastest time in the steeplechase this season.Honorable Mention: 4×400-meter Relay Team, Stephen F. Austin (Imani Nave, Aaliyah Teel, Dominique Jackson, Cayla Burch).Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Madison Pecot, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Hallsville, TexasPecot cleared 4.33m (14-2.5 feet) in the pole vault on Saturday, winning the event and registering the fifth-best mark in the NCAA for the season. Pecot’s performance stands as the best in the Southland Conference this season, heading into the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championships.Honorable Mention: Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian.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.