Appalachian State men’s track and field finished the first day of the 2012 Southern Conference Indoor Championships with a 12 point lead over the rest of the field on Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Through six events the Mountaineers earned 62.5 points
and are followed by Samford (50.5) and archrivals Western Carolina (45).
Senior Darius Purcell highlighted the first day of competition by breaking his own school and conference record with a mark of 7-3 in the high jump and was just one and a quarter inches from becoming a NCAA automatic qualifier. The defending champion blew his competition away by over six inches to claim is second-straight title. Freshman Daryl Saunders cleared the 6-8.75 mark to take fourth-place and earned all-freshman honors, and Tyler Davis finished in seventh with a jump of 6-4.75.
Junior Jared Stalling took the shot put title and was fourth-straight Mountaineer to place first. Stalling’s 55-8.35 throw set a new personal-best and is now third all-time in the ASU record book. Nick Sansotta threw 47-6.50 to finish third and take all-conference and all-freshmen recognition, and Zane Lail finished in sixth with a mark of 43-10.50. Jamal Tiller recorded a personal-best (22-11.75) and finished runner-up in the long jump, while Darius Purcell (21-4.25) and Dennis Moore (20-1.50) placed fifth and sixth respectively.
In the track events defending 3,000-meter champion Chris Moen grabbed a second-place finish (8:11.52), while Will Raby (8:22.65) and Sean Soderman (8:29.38) finished in sixth and seventh respectively. The distance medley relay team of Moen, David Riddleberger, Raphael Rojas and Alex Taylor broke the school record with a time of 10:00.90, good for second-place. The rest of the Mountaineers have set themselves up very well for the final day of the championships with eight runners qualifying for the finals.
Powell, Moore and Justin Thomas each qualified for the 60-meter dash finals and Powell also qualified for the 200-meter dash. Taylor qualified for the 800-meter finals and will also be defending his mile title.
AJ Dohanic ran the fastest 60-meter hurdles time (7.98) and was just three-hundredths of a second from tying the school and conference record, while freshman Stanley Broaden recorded the second fastest time (8.15) for a personal-best.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday for the final day of the SoCon Indoor Championships at 12:25 p.m. with the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
Team Results - Day 1
1. Appalachian State - 62.5
2. Samford - 50.5
3. Western Carolina - 45
4. Davidson - 21
5. The Citadel - 17
6. UNCG - 14
7. Chattanooga - 12
8. Furman - 9
9. Wofford - 3
Women's Track Lead After Day One of Championships
Appalachian State women’s track and field finished the first day of the 2012 Southern Conference Indoor Championships with a 19 point lead over the rest of the field on Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Through six events the Mountaineers earned 52.16 points and are followed by archrivals Western Carolina (33) and Georgia Southern (31).
Junior Gayshawna Watkins won the Apps first title with a performance of 44-10.25 in the shot put and claimed her second-straight title, while freshman Jasmine Suydam earned all-conference and all-freshmen recognition with a throw of 43-3 for third-place. Appalachian dominated the high jump with sophomores Mary Theresa Montgomery and Shaquiela Robinson finishing in a three-way tie for runner-up, while freshman Janet Watson grabbed a fifth-place finish. Junior Amanda Hamilton ran the Mountaineers second fastest 3000-meters in school history with a time of 9:44.38, which was good for second-place. Junior Sarah Williamson earned the team a point with a eighth-place finish (10:05.98). The distance medley relay team of Allison Cook, Shenita Martin, Justine Stocks, Kayla Schneider earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 12:12.62. The rest of the Mountaineers have set themselves up very well for the final day of the championships with five runners qualifying for the finals.
Breanna Alston, D’Shawrna McLucas and Kristen Campbell all qualified for the 60-meter dash finals, and Alston and McLucas qualified for the 200-meter dash. Senior Asia Dunlap ran her second fastest 400-meter time of season (56.90) to qualify for the finals. Sophomore Molly Vaughn recorded a personal-best time of 9.05 to qualify for the 60-meter hurdles final.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday for the final day of the SoCon Indoor Championships at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s weight throw and pole vault.
Team Results – Day 1
1. Appalachian State - 52.16
2. Western Carolina - 33
3. Georgia Southern - 31
4. Elon - 29.33
5. College of Charleston - 27
6. Samford - 20
7. UNCG - 18
8. Wofford - 7.5
T9. Furman - 6
T9. Chattanooga - 6
11. The Citadel - 4
Photo Courtesy: Darius Purcell, ASU Athletics