BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan leads after the first day of competition on both the men's and women's side at the 2016 MEC Track and Field Championships.
The Bobcat women are in first with 85 points, followed by Wheeling Jesuit in second with 55 points and Charleston with 24 points. WVWC's men scored 76 points in five events to take the lead, ahead of Notre Dame in second place with 34 points and Wheeling Jesuit in third with 25 points.
Wheeling Jesuit's Kaitlyn Workman won the 10,000 meters with a time of 38:50. West Virginia Wesleyan's Joy Price won the high jump with a mark of 1.64 meters, and teammate Essence Barron won the triple jump with a mark of 11.69 meters.
UC's Timmyra Morrow set a new meet record with a mark of 55.56 meters in the hammer throw, and West Liberty's Alexis Montes just missed an NCAA automatic mark in the javelin with a throw of 47.64 meters.
On the men's side, WVWC's Matt Dearth surged in the second half of the 10,000 meters to win the title with a meet record time of 32:25. Wheeling Jesuit's Jacob Hamilton broke his own meet record in the pole vault with a jump of 4.36 meters to claim a victory.
West Virginia Wesleyan's Tavaris Anderson won the triple jump with a mark of 14.16 meters. The Bobcats also earned victories in other field events with Isaac Johnson winning the hammer with a throw of 45.02 meters and Tyler Donati winning the javelin with a mark of 51.04 meters.
Day two of three of the MEC Track and Field Championship continues tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan.
Story and photo courtesy of MEC