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Slack conserves, but still racks up RMAC awards

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 5:00 AMLeighton Levy
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Owing to injury concerns, Salcia Slack was a bit conservative as she performed at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Outdoor Championships in Pueblo, Colorado, last weekend.

However, not even that could prevent the Jamaican from racking up another impressive set of

performances.

Among her achievements were the RMAC Track Athlete of the Year, RMAC Field Athlete of the Year and named RMAC Athlete of the meet awards.

The University of Mexico Highlands (UNMH) star athlete won the Heptathlon with 5324 points, the triple jump with a best leap of 12.38m and 400 metres in 54.64 seconds at the conference championships that were held from May 1-3.

Her accomplishments are even more incredible, considering that Slack had only started training again after suffering a hamstring strain a couple weeks before. She said, however, the injury was not a bother.

"It wasn't a factor once I started competing. It just felt sore during my warm-up, but once I got going it was good," said Slack.

The 25-year-old revealed, however, that as a precaution she did hold back a little during competition.

"I didn't go 100 per cent in my races except for the 100m hurdles and it didn't feel too bad. I just did a little bit of everything to score maximum points for my school to win the Conference."

She scored 59 points overall.

The UNMH senior won the Field Athlete of the Year award for her outstanding season in the heptathlon to date, wherein she broke her own National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) DII record in the heptathlon with 6,141 points, a mark which still stands as second among all divisions and leads the next best Division II athlete by over 600 points.

She was just as impressive on the track, where she consistently proved herself to be the best in the RMAC. During the season, Slack competed in the 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, winning gold in four of the five events at various meets. She took bronze in her first attempt at the 400m hurdles, at the RMAC Outdoor Championships.

"I feel good. My plan was to cop both awards like I did indoors and that's what I did," she said, adding that her accomplishment is indeed historic.

"I have never seen anyone do it before and I like to do things no one has tried before."