Men's T&F in second, Women in fourth at MSC Championships
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Men's T&F in second, Women in fourth at MSC Championships
Pictured are the Men's first place 4x800m relay team and Sophiat Omizi who took first in the Women's hammer throw (Credit: MSC Media)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-- After day one of the Mid-South Conference Track and Field Championships, the Cumberland Men sit in second place behind Lindsey Wilson College by one point with 50. The Cumberland Women are currently in fourth place with 37 points, 22 points back of first place Lindsey Wilson College.

For the Women, Alana Mack has the second-fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.44s. Elise Krone finished sixth in the 300-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:20.68 and gave the Phoenix three points. Krone also is seeded eighth in the 1500m run finals tomorrow after a time of 5:07.75. Sasha Petrova took second place in the women's 10000m after finishing with a time of 40:07.04 to earn eight team points for CU.

Sophiat Omizi won the hammer throw event for the Phoenix with a mark of 51.13m earning ten points towards the Cumberland team score. Kalea Barnett and Mahogany Huddleston finished fifth and sixth in the event with throws of 42.16m and 41.42m, respectively.

Alana Mack also had a solid day in the long jump, placing fifth with a distance of 5.24m. With the women's shotput finals tomorrow, Sophiat Omizi is seeded first after day one, while Mahogany Huddleston is seeded ninth with a distance of 10.40m.

For the Men, Camryn Jacobs currently leads the field in the Men's Decathlon with a score of 3030. Ethan Rhoden earned three points towards the Cumberland effort with a time of 33:17.76 and a sixth-place finish in the 10000m run. Koby Story will start in lane two tomorrow in the 110m hurdles after a qualifying time of 16.43s. Story also qualified for the 400m hurdle finals with a time of 59.17s.

In the 400m dash, Georget Pontillo and Will Marsh qualified for the finals with times of 49.98s and 52.09s, respectively. Tobi Oniyide and Desmond Maclin will be running in the 100m dash after posting times of 10.77s and 10.79s. The two also qualified for the 200m dash finals as Oniyide ran a 22.10s time while Maclin ran a 21.97s.

Dennis Kiplagat earned Cumberland six points in the 3000m steeplechase with his third-place finishing time of 9:46.05. Luke Freeman also earned the Phoenix two points in the race with a finishing time of 10:28.61 to finish seventh.

The 4x800 relay team of Valentin Baudrier, Andrew Cullins, Will Marsh, and Georget Pontillo took first place with a time of 7:59.80 to earn the team ten points and claim Mid-South Conference Champions in the event. Kiplagat, Freeman, Baudrier, and Aidan Crockett have all qualified for tomorrow's 1500m finals.

Qualifying for the 800m finals was Pontillo, Baudrier, Marsh, and Andrew Cullins. Long-distance runners Joel Barlow, Dennis Kiplagat, and Ethan Rhoden have qualified for the 5000m finals.

Josiah Scott earned the Phoenix four points with a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw at a distance of 43.99m. In the long jump Camryn Jacobs finished second, Jaylen Poole finished third, and Rondald Ndlovu placed fifth in the long jump to earn a combined 18 points in the event.

William Chandler finished third overall in the javelin throw with a distance of 45.52m. In the shot put, Caleb Staten and Josiah Scott have qualified for the finals tomorrow. The pair have also qualified for the men's discus finals. Ronald Ndlovu, Bumnene Ndebele, Jaylen Poole, and Sibanda Dumoluhle have qualified for the triple jump finals.

The second day of the championship begins at 9 a.m. ET on Monday at James H Taylor II Stadium.