– The University of Dayton women’s track and field team is in first place after the first day of the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships at Mackal Field House on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.
The Flyers have 77 points, Rhode Island is second with a score of 35 and co-defending champion Charlotte is third with 30 points. Dayton’s point total is due in large part to first place finishes by All-American senior Mallory Barnes (weight throw), senior Maureen Bulgrin (5000m), junior Courtney Siebenaller (pole vault) and the Women’s Distance Medley team. The Flyers took first place in four of six scored events on Friday.
Barnes nabbed her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Individual Championship in the weight throw. She threw for a distance of 68-02.25. Senior Kerry Allen finished second in the event. Allen had a distance of 63-00.25, which was over eight feet farther than Crystal Bourque’s (URI) third-place distance. Sophomore Renee Otte was sixth with a distance of 52-04.75.
Bulgrin also earned her second consecutive A-10 title in the 5000m. She bested her time from last year by nearly 20 seconds, finishing the race in 16:52.44. Junior Emily Zimmerman took fifth in the 5k with a time of 17:06.50, which improved on her 17:39.61 mark from last year.
Siebenaller captured her second A-10 Championship in three years in the pole vault. Siebenaller cleared a height of 12-01.50. Katie Nageotte, last year’s A-10 Champion, reached 11-09.75 for second place. Senior Pembroke Strickland took fourth place in the pole vault. Strickland cleared 11-03.75.
The DMR team consisting of Liz Coorey, Rachel Weber, Ashley Cattran and Bulgrin edged Charlotte’s team by four seconds with a first-place time of 11:41.51. Their time was a new meet record, snapping Charlotte's record of 11:53.
Dayton’s 77 points outpaces its 63 it set on the first day of the Atlantic 10 Championships. Last season, the Flyers continued a strong push into the final day to capture a share of their first Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship.
The final day of the championship kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the high jump final. The final awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. DaytonFlyers.com will have the full results following the conclusion of Saturday’s events.