Feb. 18, 2011
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Dayton women's track and field team and the University of Rhode Island men's track and field teams sit atop the standings after day one of competition at the 2011 Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championships, held at Mackal Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.
Dayton holds the top spot in the women's championship with 77 points thanks to first-place finishes from senior Maureen Bulgrin in the 5000-meter run (16:52.44), senior Mallory Barnes in the weight throw (68-02.25) and junior Courtney Siebenaller in the pole vault (12-01.50)
Barnes' mark set a new A-10 Championship record, breaking her previous record of 65-11.50. She also bested second-place finisher, teammate Kerry Allen, by over five feet.
Rhode Island, in second place with 35 points at the end of day one, clinched the top two spots in the pentathlon with junior Marissa Norman taking first (3399 points) and sophomore Kelly McCabe finishing second (3391 points).
Trailing Dayton and Rhode Island heading into the final day of competition are Charlotte (30), Saint Louis (20), La Salle (19), Duquesne (19), Massachusetts (12), Richmond (9), Saint Joseph's (6), Temple (5) and Fordham (2).
On the men's side, last year's runner-up Rhode Island holds a 37.5-37 lead over Massachusetts. Rhode Island claimed second in the weight throw and second and third in the pole vault and the Rams currently sit at first and second in the heptathlon.
The Minutemen are led by Zachary Koncki, who took first in the long jump with a 23-03.50 mark, and Sean Busch, who won the pole vault for the second consecutive year with a height of 15-09.00.
Defending champion Charlotte closed out the first day in third place with 28.5 points, followed by Saint Louis (20), Temple (19), Richmond (16), Xavier (13), La Salle (9), Fordham (8) and Saint Joseph's (7).
The championship continues Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. Live stats are available by visiting www.atlantic10.com.