NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin is inducting a pair of former track and field standouts into the ‘Jacks of Honor Class of 2013. Rodney Black (jumps) and Chris Olsson-O’Neill will be inducted into the prestigious class, announced the SFA Lettermen’s Association, at Saturday’s halftime of the SFA-Montana State football game.
Black (1994-97) was an All-American in the triple jump in 1995 as well as an All-SLC selection. Black, an SFA graduate, BBA Management in 1997, still holds the SFA men’s all-time outdoor record in both the indoor (55-5.00) and outdoor triple jump (55-1.00), both records set during the 1996 campaign. He participated in the 1996 Olympic Trials where he finished 12th overall in the event.
Black was the state champion in 1992 in the long jump and the triple jump (still holds the current record). Black and his wife Jennifer have three kids; Olivia (16), Sydney (13) and Taylor (12). Rodney currently works for Xerox as an International Compensation and Benefits Specialist.
Olsson-O’Neil (1993-96) was an All-American high jumper in both 1994 and 1996, as well as an All-SLC selection. Chris, a graduate of SFA, BS Kinesiology) still holds the individual SFA record in both the indoor (7-5.75) and outdoor high jump (7-6.50), both set in 1995. He was the 1994 SLC Outdoor high jump champion and graduated with the third and sixth-best outdoor high jump marks in SLC history.
Olsson-O’Neil and his wife Sarah have four children; Jake (24), Erin (16), Gwenyth (12) and Owen (4). Chris has worked his entire career in the lumber industry as a building commodity trader and currently works for Tumac Commodities in downtown Portland, Oregon.