Trinity Holds Day One Lead at 2014 SCAC Men's Track & Field Championship

Trinity Holds Day One Lead at 2014 SCAC Men's Track & Field Championship

(All photos by Josh Moczygemba) 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Trinity University men have the early lead after Day One of the 2014 SCAC Men's Track & Field Championship which are being contested at Trinity. Official Championships Website | Event-by-Event Results & Interviews | Photo Gallery

With six events in the books, the host Tigers accumulated 77 points after Friday's first round, followed closely by Southwestern University who has 63 points. The University of Dallas is third with 21 points and Colorado College is fourth with 12 points.

Cody Taylor of Southwestern won the pole vault for the second consecutive year, clearing 14 feet, 3 3/4 inches. Joey Kozak of Trinity placed second with a best vault of 9 feet, 11 3/4 inches.

Stephen Thai of Trinity won the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 1 1/4 inches. Southwestern's Alec Bergerson was second at 39 feet, 11 1/4 inches and Vincent Omegba of Trinity finished third with a best jump of 39 feet, 3 3/4 inches.

In the shot put, Southwestern's Will Devin set a new school record with a toss of 40 feet, 1/2 inch to earn gold medal honors. Trinity's Stephen Mason was second with a throw of 37 feet, 10 inches and Joseph Quintero of Southwestern placed third with a toss of 37 feet, 3 1/4 inches.

After finishing second a year ago, Quintero earned gold in the hammer throw this season with a winning toss of 114 feet, 1 inch. Teammate Rance Thorne was second with a toss of 106 feet and Stephen Mason of Trinity was third with a throw of 104 feet, 9 inches.

As the afternoon moved into the evening, attention turned to the track with the running of the 3,000 meter steeplechase and the 10,000 meters.

Colorado College's Will Richmond won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 10:04.87. Trinity's Evan Epps, who had just taken the lead from Richmond on the backstretch, tripped on a hurdle in the backstretch and had to settle for second in a time of 10:13.17. Dallas' Kevin Doherty was third in a time of 10:23.12. 

Trinity teammates, in a show of solidarity, locked hands as they neared the finish line of the 10,000 meters and finished 1-2 as Gerardo Hernandez nudged just ahead of Taylor Piske at the line. Hernandez finished in a time of 35:09.24 while Piske's time was 35:09.52. Dallas' Javier Secaira was third in a timeof 36:30.82. 

Action continues tomorrow with field events beginning at 9 a.m. and track events at 10 a.m. For live results as they happen, click here.

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