Samford leads men's, women's track standings
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After the first day of the 2014 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Samford sits atop the rankings in both the men's and women's divisions.
Samford's men's team Bulldog men finished with 59 points, while the women finished with 62.5 to take first place heading into the final day of competition.
The Bulldogs hold a 14-point lead over Western Carolina's men, who ended the day with 45 points. Appalachian State is third with 37 points, while The Citadel finished in fourth place with 35 points.
Appalachian State's women sit in second following the first day of competition with 49.5 points, followed by Western Carolina (36) and Elon (20) at third and fourth, respectively.
The Bulldogs got wins from Emily Allen and Sidney Jordan in the women's and men's hammer throw early in the day to add to their point total. Allen's throw of 60.98-meters (200-feet) earned her a first place finish, while teammate Kristin Brining took second.
Jordan's toss of 56.40 meter (185-feet) scored him a first place finish, edging out Western Carolina's Jared Johnson and Andy Banesh, who finished second and third, respectively.
Samford also took the men's pole vault, as Owen Wagoner cleared (16-feet, 8-inches) to take first place. The Bulldog's Claire Goodson made it a sweep in the pole vault, as she took the women's title with a jump of 13-0 ¼. Teammate Steven Bastien was the top finisher in the men's long jump with a mark of 24-2.
Georgia Southern's Jasmin Walker claimed the women's long jump title with a mark of 20-1. Walker's win marks the 10th consecutive win in the women's long jump for Georgia Southern.
Appalachian State's Jocelyn Parnell won the women's javelin with a throw of 142-9, while The Citadel's Clay Allen won the men's javelin with a throw of 210-3.
Furman's Tanner Hinkle scored the first win of the day, taking the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:57.70. Chattanooga's Mark Cole (30:59.37) and Harry Smithers (31:03.97) posted second and third place finishes, while UNCG's Dylan Belles grabbed fourth with a mark of 31:16.03.
Teghan Henderson of Chattanooga broke a seven-year-old SoCon record in the women's 10,000 with a time of 34:35.06, more than 1:05 faster than the next best finisher.
Tripp Hurt got the Paladins on the board again with a victory in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:58.13. Appalachian State's Josh Cox took second with a time of 9:14.82, just ahead of Chattanooga's Nathan Wanuch, who posted a time of 9:16.81.
Elon's Tereza Novotna won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:41.08, finishing ahead of UNCG's Chelsea Sumney, who crossed the line in 10:55.84.
In the men's 1,500 meters preliminaries, Furman's Nate Riech posted the top time of the day with a 3:58.55. Chattanooga's Jessica York was the top finisher in the women's 1,500 meters, crossing the line in 4:35.90.
Raphael Rojas of Appalachian State edged out Earl Rahming of Western Carolina to score the fastest time in the preliminaries of the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 48.07. The Catamounts' Genevieve Emrick turned in a 54.35 time in the women's 400-meter prelims to earn the top women's time of the day.
The Citadel's Jamaal Brantley's 10.75 in the 100 meter preliminaries placed him atop the list of day one performers, edging out Samford's Justin Emerson, who finished with a time of 10.80. Ariana Tipton and teammate Jasmin Walker finished first and second in the women's 100 meter prelims with times of 11.70 and 11.80 respectively.
In the 110-meter hurdle prelims, Marquis Bailey clocked the fastest time of the day at 14.68, while Elon's Sydney Griffin managed the fastest women's time at 13.72.
Samford's Brandon Hazouri put up the best time in the men's 800 meters, crossing the line at 1:52.24. Wofford's Alyssa Burkert was the top women's performer in the 800-meter prelims with a time of 2:10.40.
The men's 400 meter hurdles prelims saw Western Carolina's Abraham Faison finish with a time of 53.98 to score the day's best finish, while Elon's Jennifer Esposito turned in a time of 1:00.67 to take the fastest time in the women's 400 meter hurdles.
Rahming took the fastest time in the 200-meter prelims at 21.73 and fellow Catamount Tayla Carter was the fastest women's 200-meter runner at 23.71.
The final day of the SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships will begin Sunday at 10 a.m., with the 110-meter hurdles in the men's decathlon.
Men's All-Freshman Team- Day One
Tanner Hinkle, Furman
Paul Stuart, Chattanooga
3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Matthew Gill, The Citadel
Lee Shearer, Furman
Nathan Milch, Appalachian State
Mason Lasater, Appalachian State
Brian Smith, Samford
Phillip Thomas, Appalachian State
Chris Thrasher, Samford
Matt Layne, Appalachian State
Jesse Earnhardt, Appalachian State
Josh McSwain, Western Carolina
Jerry Bryant, Western Carolina
Jonathon Campbell, Davidson
Jackson Butkus, The Citadel
Ellsworth Parham, Appalachian State
Women's All-Freshman Team- Day One
Teghan Henderson, Chattanooga
Laura Miller, Furman
Shelby Cuddeback, Elon
Kaitlin Snapp, Elon
Ann Sisson, Furman
Madalyn Garland, Chattanooga
Kelsey Arnold, Georgia Southern
India McWhorter, Appalachian State
Aerial Horton, Samford
Chenell Bryan, Western Carolina
Krystal Clarke, Appalachian State
Tiffani Lewis, Western Carolina
Emily Williams, Wofford
Emily Eustace, Samford
Molly Fagan, Western Carolina
Morgan Johnson, Samford
Emily Eustace, Samford