Ohio Wesleyan's men and women's track teams jumped out to an early lead after nine events at the first day of the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships from the Mitchell Center in Granville, Ohio.
The Bishops logged only one first place finish out of the first nine events but they had five, top-3 finishes. Their first individual championship went to David Burke (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) in the triple jump. Burke, who won the event in 2008, logged an NCAA provisional jump of 46'10.75" to top second-place Dante Briscoe (Temple Hills, Md./Fairmount Heights) of Allegheny by 10 inches.
Allegheny College accounted for three of the nine event championships on Friday. On the men's side, Chris Marker (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) defended his title in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:08.37. Lauren Butler (New Kensington, Pa./Kiski Area) also repeated as champion in the shot put with a throw of 41'9.75".
The women's 5,000 meters saw two runners eclipse the previous meet record set last year by Oberlin's Joanna Johnson (Chico, Calif./Chico). Denisons Katie Navarre (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) placed second with a time of 17:32.44 but Allegheny senior Mia Symoniak (East Snyder, N.Y./Amherst) was the winner with a time of 17:19.82. Both times were NCAA provisional qualifying times.
In the women's triple jump, Earlham's Ramona Hemmings (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) defeated Allegheny's Holly Wilson (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley) with a distance of 34'2.25". Another Quaker was victorious in the men's shot put when Chad Wertman (Holland, Ind./Southridge) won his second-straight conference title with a provisional throw of 53'9.25".
Rounding out the first day winners was Oberlin's Laura Vernon (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy) who cleared 10'2.5" on her last attempt to defeat Denison's Emily Hammeren (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) for first place. Vernon was the 2009 champion as well.
Overall, five of the nine winners on Friday were former conference champions.
On Saturday events will resume at 10:30 a.m. with the men's pole vault the women's high jump and the men's long jump.The day will wrap-up with an awards ceremony at 5:45 p.m.