KSU Takes Lead Into Day Two; ETSU Trails By 12 at #ASunTF

Friday, May 10, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In search of their third title in the past four Atlantic Sun Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Kennesaw State raced out to a 12-point lead after the first day of competition. The Owls accumulated 86 points just ahead of ETSU (74), while USC Upstate sits in third place with 37 points.

USC Upstate senior Kenneth Sugishita claimed the title in the shot put with a throw of 16.15m (53’00’), outdistancing second-place finisher Houston Ward (15.32m/50’3.25”) from Lipscomb by nearly a meter. Kennesaw State’s Robert Harvey finished third in the event with a best throw of 14.86m (48’09”).

In the long jump competition, ETSU's junior duo of Tyler Stepp and Ryan Beaver earned the top two spots followed by KSU’s Andre Dorsey in third. Stepp collected the event crown with a leap of 7.56m (24’9.75”), just two inches further than teammate Beaver’s jump of 7.51m (24’7.75”). Dorsey posted a jump of 7.40m (24’3.50”).

North Florida junior pole vaulter David Shepherd repeated as the A-Sun champion, bettering his conference championship meet record by .01 meters with a winning jump of 4.92m (16’1.75”). UNF freshman teammate Marcus Blessing and Lipscomb sophomore Kevin Floyd shared second-place honors after matching jumps of 4.77m (15’7.75”).

Sophomore Adam Chase of ETSU took home the gold in the 3000m steeplechase, setting a new meet record with a time of 9:09.85. The previous mark was 9:14.93, set in 2007. Senior Ryan Burruss (9:12.34) of Kennesaw State took second, while junior Brendan Chwalek of Northern Kentucky grabbed the Norse’ first points of the day with a third-place finish.

In the hammer throw, KSU freshman Martynas Sedys posted a new A-Sun Championship record throw of 62.55m (205’02”) en route to winning the event championship. The previous top mark was 57.41m, recorded in 2010 by Belmont’s Joe Frye. Upstate’s Sugishita reached the awards podium for the second time Friday after posting a second-place throw of 58.99m (193’06”), while ETSU junior Justin Harris earned a third-place finish with a throw of 48.91m (160’05”).

 Atlantic Sun Insider: Kemboi Adds to Record-Setting Career

Senior Gilbert Kemboi of USC Upstate took home his second-straight gold medal in the 10,000m to end the evening, clocking a time of 30:36.16, a full minute ahead of the next competitor. Senior Nabil Hamid of Kennesaw State finished second with a time of 31:38.46 and junior Anders Ludvigsen of East Tennessee State was third in 31:48.18.

Five Kennesaw State student-athletes started off the day in the decathlon with Kaarel Mangusson holding the advantage with 3,210 points.

Mangusson earned victories in the 100-meter dash (11.49), shot put (11.88m) and 400m (54.37), while tying his teammate Hendrik Themas for first place in the long jump (6.24m) and high jump (1.76m). Themas racked up 3,004 points to sit in second place, while Joseph Yates owns third place with 2,628 points.

Action continues on Saturday at North Florida's Hodges Stadium with the conclusion of the men's decathlon at 9 a.m. The first field event begins at 3 p.m. with the high jump.

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