MIRAMAR, Fla. - Day one of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships came to a close late Friday evening following the completion of the women's and men's 10,000-meter races.
Arkansas State leads the women’s team race after day one with 42 points with three events scored. Western Kentucky University is second in the team standings with 29 points and South Alabama is third with 19 points. On the men’s side, ASU and WKU are tied
with 12 points apiece through two events scored, with USA in third with 11 points.
In the women's race, Kristina Aubert of ASU took home top honors with a time of 36:.4.62. The sophomore claimed the title in just over a minute from her next nearest competitor, Lucy Kapkiai of Middle Tennessee. Aubert was the 10,000-meter winner in 2012
as a freshman.
On the men's side, Joseph Chebet of WKU, claimed top honors, running away from the field to take the title. Chebet, the 2012 champion, ran 31.03.42, besting the field by less than 30 seconds.
In the women’s pole vault, ASU’s Stephanie Foreman won first-place honors as she cleared the bar at 4.17m (13’8.25”). The clearance was a new SBC meet and season record. Foreman was the 2011 and 2010 champion in the event. Second-place honors went to Karleigh
Parker of WKU and third to Briana Aiken of South Alabama. Parker was the champion in 2012 while Aiken was tied for third.
Just prior to the men’s discus event the meet was halted due to lightning in the area. All competitors were removed from the track for safety precautions. The delay lasted for just over an hour as athletes waited anxiously to get back to competition.
Soon after the all-clear was given the men’s discus got started with a freshman from USA taking the individual title. Jan-Louw Kotze, a native of South Africa, won the event on his sixth and final throw of the afternoon, tossing the disc 54.90m (180’1”).
Runner-up for the second consecutive season was Eddie Lynn of Troy.
The first event final of the day also saw the first record of the 2013 championship. ASU’s Julia Agawu set a new meet record in the women’s discus with a toss of 54.59m (179’1”). This was the third consecutive season Agawu has won the women’s discus title.
WKU’s Satrina Oliveira was second with a throw of 49.68m (163’) and FIU’s Charmille Kirton was third.
ASU’s Ethan Turpen leads the decathlon after day one with a first-day total of 3,838 points. Turpen’s teammate, William Oliver, last year’s decathlon champion, is in second with 3,723 points. USA’s Garrett Schumacher is third with 3,628 points.
North Texas’ Chelsea Hermes jumped out to the early lead in the heptathlon as the senior garnered 3,158 points on day one. Hermes leads Troy’s Veronica Bryant by 134 points. Hermes finished second in last year’s heptathlon event. USA’s Leah Hixon is third.
The Red Wolves lead the women’s team race after day one with 42 points with three events scored. WKU is second in the team standings with 29 points and USA is third with 19 points. On the men’s side, ASU and WKU are tied with 12 points apiece through two
Day two of the 2013 SBC Outdoor Track & Field Championships gets underway on Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. ET with the decathlon. The first final of the day is the women’s long jump slated for 12:30 p.m. ET and the first running prelim is the 100-meter hurdles
at 6:00 p.m. ET.
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (after day one)
1. Arkansas State - 42 pts
2. WKU - 29 pts
3. South Alabama - 19 pts
4. FIU - 8 pts
4. Middle Tennessee - 8 pts
6. Louisiana-Lafayette - 5 pts
7. North Texas - 4 pts
8. Georgia State - 1 pts
8. Troy - 1 pts
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (after day one)
1. Arkansas State - 12 pts
1. WKU - 12 pts
3. South Alabama - 11 pts
4. Middle Tennessee - 10 pts
5. UALR - 9 pts
6. Troy - 8 pts
6. Louisiana-Monroe - 8 pts
8. North Texas - 5 pts
9. FIU - 3 pts