Owls Own Day One Lead at #ASunTF; Dolphins Sits Second

Friday, May 10, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Kennesaw State totaled 60 points in day one of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship to own the lead heading into Saturday. The Owls captured two event wins in field events to build a five-point advantage over Jacksonville and a 11-point cushion from Lipscomb.

In the women’s hammer throw, the Kennesaw State duo of Suzee Mills and Gwennetta Jones collected the top-two throws with Jacksonville’s Sally Marie Futch earning a third-place finish. Mills won the event title with a throw of 53.30m (174’10”) followed by Jones’ throw of 50.26m (164’11”) and Futch at 50.09m (164’04”).

Lipscomb just missed a clean sweep in the 3000m steeplechase, as freshman Madelin Talbert (10:31.12) and junior Tessa Hoefle (10:47.29) took the top two spots, respectively, while senior Chelsea Clark of East Tennessee State grabbed third with a time of 10:59.64. Talbert’s time was a new A-Sun Championship record, besting the previous mark of 10:32.97, set at last year’s meet.

KSU’s Jones posted a second top-tier finish on the opening day of the championship, winning the shot put title with a throw of 13.60m (44’7.50”). Jacksonville’s Akeela Bravo finished second with a throw of 12.98m (42’07”), while Owl junior Megan Adebamowo earned a third-place finish, throwing for a mark of 12.80m (42’).

Senior Michelle Quimby of Kennesaw State took home gold in the pole vault with a mark of 3.81m (12’6”), besting sophomore Brittany Wagoner of North Florida and freshman Ashley Kessler of East Tennessee State.

Jacksonville’s Taylor Story earned the win in the long jump with her first leap in the finals, reaching a mark of 6.06m (19’10 ¾”). Junior Katerina Vodova grabbed the silver medal in the event with a jump of 6.02m (19’9”), while senior Jennifer Smyth finished third at 5.98m (19’7 ½”).

North Florida’s Meggie Emons captured her first-ever gold medal at the A-Sun Championships with a first-place finish in the 10,000m, clocking a time of 37:10.76 to edge out her teammate, Shelby Kittrell, who finished second in 37:30.65. Junior Nora Coenen of Lipscomb took third place in 38:16.75.

Jacksonville's Charlene Charles compiled 2,998 points through four events in the women's heptathlon. The Dolphins' senior secured wins in the 100-meter hurdles (14.51) and 200m dash (25.97) to build a 91-point lead on USC Upstate's Brittany Walls. Walls earned events victories in the shot put (11.21m) and high jump (1.65m) with Charles finishing second in both. JU's Petra Munkacsy sits in third place with 2,690 points.

Action continues on Saturday with the heptathlon at 10 a.m. starting with the long jump. The first field event begins at 3 p.m. with the women's triple jump and discus.

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