LAFAYETTE, La. - Mean Green track & field wrapped up the first day of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday with a strong start from the women's pole vaulters and Chelsea Hermes.
Sophomore Sarah Vann led the way for NT in point scoring on day one, taking second in the women's pole vault in a jump-off after clearing 3.56 meters. Teammate and fellow sophomore Sarah Korn tied finished just behind Vann with a tie for third place finish.
Freshman Jessica McNew also scored, tying for seventh.
Junior Chelsea Hermes began the heptathlon on a personal record pace with personal bests in both the 100-meter hurdles and the shot put, as well as tying her best in the high jump.
Her time of 15.02 was good enough for 839 points and her first place finish in both the high jump at 1.70 meters and the shot put at 12.27 meters landed her just 59 point out of first place with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run to go on Saturday.
Carly Griffith also grabbed one point for the favored Mean Green women's side when she crossed the line in eighth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 38:05.34.
The SBC Championships will continue of Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's heptathlon long jump. Running preliminaries will begin at 6 p.m.