FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s 4×400-meter relay team of Drake Murphy, Antonio Ruiz, Isaiah Pittman and AJ Bennett and fellow Lumberjack Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.The Lumberjack 4x400m relay squad sealed a fourth-place finish at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster in College Station, Texas, over the weekend. The team combined for a 3:08.62 performance, logging the Southland’s third-fastest time of the season. The SFA squad is the first relay team to capture the weekly honor this season.Ellis cleared a mark of 18-4.75 feet in the pole vault also at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster. His performance placed him second overall in the event and stands as the Southland’s top mark in the pole vault this season.Southland teams will now set their focus on the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday in Natchitoches, La., hosted by Northwestern State. Events will be held at Walter P. Ledet Track Complex.Men’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week – 4x400m Relay (Drake Murphy, Antonio Ruiz, Isaiah Pittman and AJ Bennett), Stephen F. AustinThe mile relay team of Murphy, Ruiz, Pittman and Bennett closed out the Lumberjacks’ regular season with a new personal-best time of 3:08.62 in the 4×400. The performance beat out their previous time of 3:09.98 and placed the team in fourth overall in the event. Their outing stands as the 29th fastest time in the NCAA this season.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Tyler, TexasEllis leapt to a new career-best mark of 5.61m (18-4.75) at the Alumni Muster Meet, retaking the Southland’s top mark in the event and placing fifth in the NCAA this season.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.