WINSTON SALEM, N.C. –The Gardner-Webb men's indoor track and field team sits in fifth place, while the women's team is in seventh place after the opening day of the 2017 Big South Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
A handful of new personal records were set throughout the day, highlighted by a new school record set by Marcus Abraham in the men's shot put. The sophomore from Charlotte, N.C. took first place in the event with a toss of 17.40 meters. Also setting new personal bests in the event were A.J. White, who placed second with a throw of 16.35 meters, and Alex Bouwmans, who placed seventh at 14.26 meters.
Cailen Blaire placed thirteenth in the women's shot put with a toss of 11.25 meters.
In the men's long jump, Benjamin Sayles placed 14th with distance of 6.07 meters.
In the women's pentathlon, Merideth Byl placed seventh with 3,146 points, Ashleigh Cleveland finished eighth with 3,088 points, Taylor Hotchkiss placed tenth with 2,954 points, and Amanda Hall came in 15th place with 2,652 points. Highlights from the five individual events include Cleveland placing fourth in the high jump at 1.58 meters, Byl finishing second in the shot put at 11.68 meters, and Cleveland finishing fourth in the long jump with a distance of 5.11 meters.
Four of the seven events that make up the men's heptathlon were completed Saturday, with Quenton Jones sitting in fifth place with 2,426 points. He placed second in the long jump at 6.21 meters and fifth in the high jump at 1.76 meters.
In the prelims for the men's 60 meter dash, Carlos Williams placed eighth to move on to the finals with a time of 7.05 seconds, an new personal best. Jalin Lawson placed ninth with a time of. 7.12 seconds.
In the women's 400 meter dash prelims, Jordan Davis placed 11th with a time of 58.84 seconds.
Marquel Woodard placed eighth in the men's 400 meter dash prelims to move on to Sunday's finals with a time of 51.19 seconds.
Action continues Sunday afternoon at noon with the women's weight throw, and will wrap up with the men's 4x400 meter relay at 4:45 pm. To follow live results, visit http://jdl.liveresults.io/tf/2017-big-south-championships