Western Carolinas womens team and Appalachian States mens team lead the field at the conclusion of day one of the 2014 Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship.
The Catamount women (49.5) hold a slight lead over second-place Samford (43) and third-place Appalachian State (40.5). Appalachian State piled up 60 points on day one, leading Samford by nine points. Western Carolina sits at third with 43 points through the first day of events.
Samfords Ashley Cope opened the day with a win in the pentathlon, finishing with 3,461 points. Cope was the top finisher in the long jump at 5.6m (18-04.50) and the 60-meter hurdles at 8.83. She took second in the high jump and shot put behind the Citadels Nicole Levermann, who posted top marks of 10.71m (35-01.75) in the shot and 1.62m (5-03.75) in the high jump. Levermann finished third behind Georgia Southerns Ashleigh Rasheed (3,409) with 3,336 points.
Western Carolinas Christian Carswell leads the heptathlon with 2,661 points after claiming the top time in the 60-meter dash (7.31) and the top high jump (1.88m). Carswells teammates Sam Lusty (2,627) and Tyler Bell (2,529) hold second and third place, respectively, followed by Samfords Andrew Patterson in fourth with 2,300 points. Lusty set the top mark in the long jump, jumping 6.84 (22-05 1/4) and The Citadels Ian Aikman posted the longest shot put throw at 12.19m (40-00.00).
Briana Tate of Appalachian State bested Elons Charlise Morgan by .05 meters to take the womens shot put title with a distance of 14.82m (48.07.50). Western Carolinas Jared Johnson earned first-place in the mens shot put, throwing a distance of 15.51m (50-10 3/4).
Brandon Bassett cleared 2.09m (6-10.25) to take first place in the mens high jump, followed by Appalachian States Samuel Allen and fellow Bulldog Bob Elliott II. Western Carolina freshman Anisia Starege won the high jump in her first ever SoCon Championship meet, clearing 1.75m (5-08 3/4).
In the womens long jump, Jasmin Walkers jump of 6.01 m (19-08.75) earned her first place, edging out Samford senior Nicole Charley by 1.75 inches. Appalachian States Breanna Alston finished third with a jump of 5.9m (19-04 1/4). The mens long jump was won by Western Carolina freshman Josh McSwain, (7.30m, 23-11 1/2).
Furman took the top two spots of the 3,000-meters, with Tripp Hurt crossing the line in 8:18.06 and Tanner Hinkle finishing in 8:23.05. Elons Allyson Oram scored the top finish in the womens 3,000-meters with a time of 9:34.97.
Appalachian States Phillip Thomas scored a first-place finish in the mens pole vault, clearing 4.70m (15-05).
Samford swept the DMR, with the mens team of Adam Jones, Nathan Hendershot, Layton Dorsett and Brandon Hazouri (10:02.54) and the womens team of Anna Irvine, Kimberly Ruch, Marie Demedicis and Lauren DAlessio (11:52.66) both earning first-place finishes.
In the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, Marquis Bailey clocked the top time of the day, crossing the line in 8.18. Elons Sydney Griffin was the top finisher in the womens 60-meter hurdle prelims, finishing at 8.56.
Samford and Furman boasted the top four finishers in the mens mile preliminaries, with Samfords Layton Dorsett posting the top time of 4:24.81 and Adam Jones in third with 4:26.42. The Paladins Brock Baker (4:24.94) and Nate Riech (4:26.77) finished second and fourth, respectively.
Furmans Allie Buchalski turned in a time of 5:04.90 in the womens mile prelims, just ahead of Samfords Lauren DAlessio and Davidsons Sarah Paddon.
Jamaal Brantley of The Citadel narrowly beat out Appalachian States Marshall McRae and Justin Emerson in the mens 60-meter prelims. Brantley clocked a 6.83 to finish .04 second ahead of McRae and Emerson.
Brantley also was responsible for the top time in the 200-meters, clocking a 22.04. Appalachian States Breanna Alston will look to take home her fourth-consecutive 200 title tomorrow, as she finished the prelims with the days best time at 24.57.
Last years womens 60-meter champion, Tayla Carter, finished with the top time in the 60-meter prelims, crossing the line in 7.45. She was just .02 second away from tying the SoCon record, which she tied at the 2013 SoCon Championships.
Western Carolina placed five of the top six finishers in the 400-meter prelims, but Appalachian States Raphael Rojas finished with the top time of the day, crossing the finish line in 49.45. The Catamounts did have the top womens 400-meter preliminary time, as Genevieve Emrick finished with a 55.53
Appalachian States Shelby Howell (2:12.96) and Samfords Brandon Hazouri (1:54.27) were the womens and mens were the top finishers in 800-meter prelims, respectively.
Sundays events begin at 9:15 a.m. with the completion of the mens heptathlon.
Mens Team Results Day 1
1. Appalachian State 60
2. Samford 51
3. Western Carolina 43
4. Furman 26
4. The Citadel 26
6. Davidson 11
7. Chattanooga 10
8. Wofford 5
9. UNCG 2
Womens Team Results Day 1
1. Western Carolina 49.5
2. Samford 43
3. Appalachian State 40.5
4. Elon 33
5. Georgia Southern 32
6. Chattanooga 13
7. Furman 8
8. The Citadel 7
9. Davidson 5
10. Wofford 3
Mens All-Freshman Team Day 1
Tanner Hinkle, Furman
Lee Shearer, Furman
Jonathon Rice, Wofford
Samuel Allen, Appalachian State
Jackson Nosbisch, The Citadel
Mick Noel, The Citadel
Phillip Thomas, Appalachian State
Matt Layne, Appalachian State
Chris Thrasher, Samford
Josh McSwain, Western Carolina
Jesse Earnhardt, Appalachian State
Nathan Milch, Appalachian State
Brian Smith, Samford
James Hayworth, Wofford
Womens All-Freshman Team Day 1
LeNiesha Kearse, Western Carolina
Morgan Johnson, Samford
Christina Czarnecki, Appalachian State
Allie Buchalski, Furman
Elyse Bierut, Elon
Anisia Starege, Western Carolina
Audrey Florence, Appalachian State
Carrie Abraham, Elon
Hailey Cook, Western Carolina
Aerial Horton, Samford
Breanna Warren, Elon
Tiffani Lewis, Western Carolina
Carrie Abraham, Elon
Krystal Clark, Appalachian State