After the first day of the 2014 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Samford sits atop the rankings, as the Bulldog men finished with 59 points and 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 Carolinas 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 States 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 womens and mens hammer throw early in the day to add to their point total. Allens throw of 60.98m (200-0) earned her a first place finish, while teammate Kristin Brining took second.
Jordans toss of 56.40 (185-0) scored him a first place finish, edging out Western Carolinas Jared Johnson and Andy Banesh, who finished second and third, respectively.
Samford also took the mens pole vault, as Owen Wagoner cleared 5.10m (16-8) to take first place. The Bulldogs Claire Goodson made it a sweep in the pole vault, as she took the womens title with a jump of 3.97m (13-0 ¼). Teammate Steven Bastien was the top finisher in the mens long jump with a mark of 7.38m (24-2).
Georgia Southerns Jasmin Walker claimed the womens long jump title with a mark of 6.12m (20-1). Walkers win marks the 10th consecutive win in the womens long jump for Georgia Southern.
Appalachian States Jocelyn Parnell won the womens javelin with a throw of 43.51m (142-9), while The Citadels Clay Allen won the mens javelin with a throw of 64.09m (210-03).
Furmans Tanner Hinkle scored the first win of the day, taking the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:57.70. Chattanoogas Mark Cole (30:59.37) and Harry Smithers (31:03.97) posted second and third place finishes, while UNCGs Dylan Belles grabbed fourth with a mark of 31:16.03.
Teghan Henderson of Chattanooga broke a seven-year-old SoCon record in the womens 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 mens 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:58.13. Appalachian States Josh Cox took second with a time of 9:14.82, just ahead of Chattanoogas Nathan Wanuch, who posted a time of 9:16.81.
Elons Tereza Novotna won the womens 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:41.08, finishing ahead of UNCGs Chelsea Sumney, who crossed the line in 10:55.84.
In the mens 1,500 meters preliminaries, Furmans Nate Riech posted the top time of the day with a 3:58.55. Chattanoogas Jessica York was the top finisher in the womens 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 mens 400 meter dash with a time of 48.07. The Catamounts Genevieve Emrick turned in a 54.35 time in the womens 400 meter prelims to earn the top womens time of the day.
The Citadels Jamaal Brantleys 10.75 in the 100 meter preliminaries placed him atop the list of day one performers, edging out Samfords Justin Emerson, who finished with a time of 10.80. Ariana Tipton and teammate Jasmin Walker finished first and second in the womens 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 Elons Sydney Griffin managed the fastest womens time at 13.72.
Samfords Brandon Hazouri put up the best time in the mens 800 meters, crossing the line at 1:52.24. Woffords Alyssa Burkert was the top womens performer in the 800 meter prelims with a time of 2:10.40.
The mens 400 meter hurdles prelims saw Western Carolinas Abraham Faison finish with a time of 53.98 to score the days best finish, while Elons Jennifer Esposito turned in a time of 1:00.67 to take the fastest time in the womens 400 meter hurdles.
Rahming took the fastest time in the 200 meter prelims at 21.73 and fellow Catamount Tayla Carter was the fastest womens 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 mens decathlon.
Mens 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
Womens 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
Mens Results- Day One
1. Samford 59
2. Western Carolina 45
3. Appalachian State 37
4. The Citadel 35
T-5. Furman 24
T-5. Chattanooga 24
T-7. Davidson 5
T- 7. UNCG 5
9. Wofford -
Womens Results- Day One
1. Samford 62.5
2. Appalachian State 49.5
3. Western Carolina 36
4. Elon 20
5. Georgia Southern 15
6. UNCG 11
T-7. Furman 10
T-7. Chattanooga 10
T-9. The Citadel 8
T-9. Davidson 8
11. Wofford 4