Honorable Mention: Micah Larkins, Northwestern State; Alex Hanson, Central Arkansas; 4x400m Relay, Abilene Christian. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Ceaser Stephens, Northwestern State – Jr. – Opelika, Ala.Stephens won the LeJuan Simon triple jump at the LSU Alumni Gold with a mark of 52-00.50, registering the 13th-best distance in the nation and seventh in the East Region. His jump places him first in the Southland this season. The Bearkats are idle from competition until the 2018 Southland Outdoor Championships while the Demons close out their season hosting the Leon Johnson Invitational in Natchitoches on Saturday. Honorable Mention: Rodney Ruffin, Southeastern Louisiana; Zhafear Ray, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kevin Steward, Stephen F. Austin; Kai Schmidt, 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. Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State – Jr. – Jersey Village, TexasJefferson continued his incredible junior season with a big weekend on the west coast at both the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational at Long Beach State. His time of 20.66 in the 200m set a new meet record and set a new mark for the fastest time in the conference this season. That day, he also helped the Kats win the 4x100m relay in a meet-record time of 40.07. A day later, he helped his team lower its 4x100m time, dropping it to 39.99, the winning time for the day at Long Beach and the third-fastest time in Sam Houston history. He also ran in the 4x400m relay at the Beach Invitational, leading them to a second-place finish. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior Chris Jefferson and Northwestern State junior Ceaser Stephens are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.