Results from Day 2
Lafayette, La. With one day of competition remaining, the Mean Green women’s track and field team sits poised to make a Sunday push for a conference title as it sits in third place with 37.5 points at the Sun Belt Conference outdoor championships. Western Kentucky currently is pacing the field with 55 points.
A pair of seniors claimed silver medals for the Mean Green on Saturday, Ryan Hill in the high jump and Heather Wood in the shot put.
Hill, the defending champion, made it over 1.70 meters but fell short to Heather Davis of Louisiana-Monroe. Davis cleared the regional mark of 1.75 meters to take the gold medal.
Wood, also the defending champion, was able to record her best throw of the year but couldn’t hold off Middle Tennessee freshman MeLyn Thompson. Wood’s second-place toss of 14.72 meters will still be enough to garner a trip to Des Moines for the regional meet.
On the men’s side the Mean Green had a tough day, coming up with only 23 points to sit in eighth place; however, only 10 points separates the Mean Green from Louisiana-Monroe who holds the lead going into Sunday.
Heath Smith did the majority of the scoring damage for the men by registering 12 points with good finishes in both the shot put and discus. Smith stepped up his game in the shot put by tossing 17.06 meters, the same mark that won the conference crown a year ago. This year was different though with Louisiana-Monroe’s Walt Williams edging smith with a throw of 17.09 meters.
In the discus Smith blew away his season best with a throw of 49.46 meters, but a fifth-place finish was all that he could muster against a tough field.
Other strong Saturday finishes for the Mean Green include Lauren Wiggins in the 100-meter hurdles. Wiggins finished second in qualifying for the finals with a time of 13.94 seconds, just short of the regional-qualifying time of 13.92 seconds.
Ryan Varner continues to have a strong sophomore campaign as well and he will be making an appearance in multiple events on Sunday after posting qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 meters.
Competition is set to begin at 12:00 pm on Sunday from the Cajun Track Complex in Lafayette, La. The final field events are set to begin at 6:00 pm, followed by the finals of each of the running events.
You can follow all the live results of the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track Meet here.