Friday, February 22, 2013
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The 2013 Atlantic Sun Women’s Track & Field Championships began Friday from the MSHA Athletics Center, hosted by ETSU, with Jacksonville leading after day one with 66 points. The Dolphins hold a 10-point edge over the Buccaneers, while Kennesaw State sits third with 42 points.
ETSU's sophomore Katerina Vodova kicked off the event with 3,466 points in the pentathlon. On her way to victory, Vodova cleared 1.74m in the high jump to secure 903 points and break the meet’s event record for a pentathlete. The previous record in the high jump was 1.72m, set by Charlene Charles of Jacksonville in 2011.
Charlene Charles was not to go unheard from, as she won gold in the long jump with a leap of 5.90m. Teammate Courtney Walker added to JU’s point total with a silver medal finish of 5.87m.
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Kennesaw State racked up some points in the throws, as Gwennetta Jones became the conference champion in the shot put with a throw of 14.14m. Jones’ throw neared the top all-time conference mark of 14.28m, set in 2011 by JU’s Hillary Cook.
Lipscomb’s day was highlighted in the 3000m with Danielle Walker breaking the A-Sun Indoor record by over 13 seconds, crossing the finish and dominating the event with a time of 9:37.98. The previous record was held by Erin Nixon of North Florida, who ran it in 9:51.29 last year.
ETSU climbed the ladder again late in the day with freshman Kristin Chapman winning the high jump. Chapman, Charles of JU and Kennesaw State’s Michelle Quimby all cleared 1.70m, but Chapman did it on her first attempt to become the new conference champion.
JU responded in the DMR, taking first place and 10 points with a new meet record time of 11:32.29. The Dolphins beat the previous record held by their DMR team from last year, which ran it in 11:47.90.
One preliminary was run on opening day, the 60m dash, and Alicia Whittle of Kennesaw State earned the top qualifying time of 7.54. The Owls and ETSU put the most into Saturday’s finals field with each school qualifying three student-athletes.
Day two begins Saturday at noon for the women with the finals of the mile.