FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Joey Croft and Stephen F. Austin’s Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Croft completed a gold-medal weekend for the Cowboys with a first-place finish in the mile at the FasTrak Collegiate Invitational in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. The sophomore led the pack with a personal-best time of 4:14.81, topping a field of 14 Southland competitors and 20 runners overall.Ellis wrapped up a first-place performance of his own Saturday at the FasTrak Inviational with an 18-5.25 (5.62m) pole vault. His vault bested a 31-man field and defeated the second-place finisher by nearly two feet. Ellis’ finish stands first in the Southland and second nationally among vaulters this season.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Joey Croft, McNeese – So. – United KingdomCroft placed first in the mile event among 14 Southland runners at the FasTrak Invitational over the weekend, setting a personal-best along the way. The United Kingdom native crossed the finish line at 4:14.81, a mark that ranks second among the league for the indoor season.Honorable Mention: Niklas Iking, Central Arkansas; Richard Kuykendoll, UIW; Jo’vaughn Martin, Sam Houston State; Timor Barrett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis leapt to new heights over the weekend, clearing 18-5.25 (5.62m) in the pole vault at the FasTrak Invitational in Houston. The sophomore’s gold-medal mark ranks second in the NCAA, first in the Southland and also stands as a personal best.Honorable Mention: Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist; Nemanja Kovlijac, McNeese; Aaron Worrell, New Orleans; Clayton Fritsch, Sam Houston State.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.