KSU Holds Day One Lead at #ASunTF Men's Championship

Friday, February 22, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Kennesaw State ended day one of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship with a 16.5 lead on ETSU, while North Florida sits in third with 30 points.

ETSU's K'Vonte Scott started off the day by taking the lead in the heptathlon into day two. Scott complied 2,912 points with wins in the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump. He holds a 253-point lead over Kennesaw State's Joshua Molder, while Scott's teammate sits in third with 2,624 points.

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USC Upstate's Gilbert Kemboi won in the 3,000m run for the third time in his career with a time of 8:25.95 ahead of Kennesaw State's Nabil Hamid (8:31.15) and Northern Kentucky's J.J. Webber (8:35.10). Webber became the first-ever NKU student-athlete to claim a medal at the Atlantic Sun Championship.

For the third-straight championship, UNF's David Shepherd stood at the middle on the pedestal for the pole vault. His height of 16'0.75" made him the sixth student-athlete in A-Sun history to win the same event on three occasions joining Kemboi. KSU's Robert Harvey captured the men's shot put with a top toss of 15.85m for the first win in the event for the Owls since 2010.

The first relay of the championship went to the Ospreys as the quartet of James Post, Aaron Tillman, Taylor Sumagpang and Cameron Dickerson crossed the finish line in 10:08.07 ahead of ETSU and USC Upstate. ETSU's Tyler Stepp claimed the long jump for the first Buc win in the event since 2009. His distance of 7.51m edged Kennesaw State's Rasmus Rooks (7.42m) and ETSU's Diego Lawrence (7.35m).

In the preliminaries of the 60m dash, ETSU's Ifrish Alberg set the conference record with a time of 6.69 - .02 seconds ahead of the previous mark. His time currently ranks in a tie for 21st-fastest in the nation.

The final day of the championship begins with the continuation of the heptathlon at 8:30 a.m.

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