If the first day of the Great West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships is any indication, fans are in for quite a weekend.
A total of four events had finals on the light start to the three-day meet, which began Thursday at Williams Field in Yankton.
The day started with the first handful of events in the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon. Then came field event finals in the women’s hammer throw and men’s hammer throw, followed by finals on the track in the women’s 10K and men’s 10K.
Host school University of South Dakota got an individual title from Danielle Dornbusch in the hammer throw.
In the men’s hammer throw, Texas-Pan American’s Oscar Barrera finished first.
In the women’s 10,000-meter run, Utah Valley’s Mary Nothum (pictured right) overcame a late fall after being tangled up with second-place finisher Brittany Brenny of North Dakota to finish first. USD’s Ramsey Fitzsimmons, a Yankton native, took third place.
Then, in the men’s 10,000-meter run, Houston Baptist’s Maximo Mendoza defended his title, cruising past the field in a meet-record time.
Through the first day of action in the team standings, the Houston Baptist men are in first place, while Utah Valley and USD are tied in the women’s race.
Action continues today (Friday) with finals in 11 events, with preliminaries in 12 events. The day will conclude with finals in the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The Press & Dakotan will have full coverage throughout the day through Twitter updates from the sports staff. Click on the following links for those updates.
Women’s action — Jeremy Hoeck
Men’s action — Justin Rust
P&D Sports Editor James Cimburek will also be on hand, taking photos throughout the day.