Brenau Track and Field Aims for 5th Straight Conference Championship Win

04/19/2017 - 18:37

022417 Sydney Romine AJR003.JPGGAINESVILLE, Ga. (April 19, 2017 – The Brenau University track and field team sets its sights on a fifth Southern States Athletic Conference Championship win Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in Mobile, Alabama.

The Golden Tigers have won the conference championship for the last four years, every year the university has had a track and field program. Head Coach Byron Kramer, now in his second year at Brenau, said the team is relatively healthy this season and ready to compete.

“We hope to win our fifth straight SSAC championship,” Kramer said. “But we also hope to double or triple our number of national qualifiers. This tough competition may be just what we need to make that happen.”

Currently, two Golden Tigers are qualified for the May nationals in three events. Freshman Sydney Romine from Jasper, Georgia, is a national qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles and the heptathlon, and senior Izzy Occeus from Lawrenceville, Georgia, is qualified in the long jump.

Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said it would be “a significant achievement” for Brenau to win consecutive championships every year since the inception of the program. Only the Golden Tigers tennis team has earned more conference championships, with six in its history.

Five SSAC track and field teams will compete in the conference finals this weekend: Brenau, Dalton (Georgia) State College, Loyola (Louisiana) University, William Carey (Mississippi) University and University of Mobile (Alabama).

“We feel good about our chances,” Kramer said, “but we know that it is not a foregone conclusion, since several of our opponents have improved this year. We have worked hard and will be ready.”

Updates throughout the championship will be posted at For more information on the Golden Tigers track and field team, go to

Following the conference championship, the Golden Tigers will have an April 30 meet at the University of Georgia. The season will wrap up with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.


Founded in 1878, Brenau University is a private, not-for-profit, nationally prominent comprehensive institution of higher education that enrolls students in graduate and undergraduate studies on campuses and online. Gainesville, Georgia-based Brenau includes the residential Women’s College, which represents the academic and philosophical liberal arts underpinnings of the university. Brenau also provides coeducational opportunities through the doctoral level, including on-ground programs in Georgia locales Gainesville, Augusta, Norcross and Fairburn as well as in Jacksonville, Florida. Brenau University offers doctorates in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy, a terminal M.F.A. in interior design, specialist in education, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees as well as professional certifications. The Women’s College boasts 14 nationally competitive intercollegiate Golden Tigers sports teams, national honor societies and national sororities with dedicated residential facilities on campus. The university provides outlets for artistic expression and community service for all students. Brenau possesses an extensive and distinctive permanent collection of art and presents year-round programmingthat includes art exhibitions, lectures, debates and literary readings, and theatrical and musical performances. For more information, please visit the website at

PHOTO: Sydney Romine, a freshman health science and pre nursing major from Jasper, Ga. will compete with the Golden Tigers track and field team Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship in Mobile, Alabama. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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