BIRIMINGHAM, Ala. (April 27, 2012) – The Sewanee men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2012 SCAC Championships in strong fashion Friday.
Overall, the Tigers had a number of personal bests and school records broken.
"I was really pleased with the effort and enthusiasm in our team today," said head coach Jeff Heitzenrater. "I look forward to more great performances tomorrow."
In the women's events, freshman Sally Warm led the way with an Individual SCAC Championship in the long jump. Warm's distance of 5.50m just edged out Elizabeth Krug of Hendrix.
Also scoring points for the Tigers was Willow Smith in the women's 10000-meter run. Smith finished in fourth-place after she crossed the finish line with a time of 41:43.31. At the same time Smith was competing on the track, Amy Nelson posted two points for Sewanee in the women's hammer throw. Nelson's throw of 36.25m placed her in seventh-place.
Senior sprinter Faith Spencer opened her final conference meet with a pair of record-breaking performances. The New York native broke the women's school record in 200 and 400-meters. First, in the 200m, Spencer closed the prelims with a time of 26.89 seconds. Later on, Spencer posted the fifth fastest qualifying time in the 400m with a mark of 1:00.56.
Finally, Arden Jones and Jourdan Cooney added points for Sewanee in the pole vault. Jones finished in fourth-place with a mark of 2.45m, while Cooney placed seventh with a height of 2.30m.
On the men's side, sprinter Josh Hirakawa and field athlete Justin Taylor, led the way.
On the track, Hirakawa posted the second fastest time in the men's 110-meter hurdle prelims. Hirakawa's time of 15.50 seconds was just behind Daniel Tuttle of Southwestern, who crossed the line at 14.95 seconds.
In the field events, Taylor earned all-conference honors after he finished second in the men's shot put. After Taylor finished with a distance of 12.93m, Jacob Carter of Centre was able to hold on to the title after his first throw landed at 13.05m.
The SCAC Championships continue with second-day action Saturday, in Birmingham, Ala.
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Track and Field opens SCAC Championships strong