Feb. 19, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Dayton women's and Temple University men's track and field teams sit atop the standings after day one competition at the 2010 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 championships with 63 points thanks to three first finishes from junior Maureen Bulgrin (5000-meter run; 17:12.33), junior Mallory Barnes (weight throw; 65 feet, 11.50 inches) and freshman Katie Nageotte (pole vault; 12-7.5).
Barnes' mark in the weight throw served as an A-10 championships record, smashing her own previous mark of 62-2.25, which she set during the 2009 conference meet. In addition, the UD junior hit the NCAA provisional standard with her season-best toss.
In the women's pentathlon, Rhode Island senior Shayna Daugherty scored a winning performance, finishing with 3,811 points. Her performance served as an NCAA provisional mark as did her leap of 5-10 in the high jump.
Defending champion Charlotte began to make its move in the final event of day one as it won the distance medley relay, finishing in a championships-record time of 11:48.56, which surpassed its own record of 11:53.47, which it set a year ago at the conference meet.
Trailing Dayton heading into the final day of competition is Rhode Island (38 points), Temple (35 points), Richmond (24 points), Massachusetts (18 points), Duquesne (18 points), Charlotte (14 points), La Salle (eight points), Saint Joseph's (seven points), Fordham (five points) and Saint Louis (four points).
On the men's side, Temple (48 points) holds a slight edge over defending champion Charlotte (39 points) after the Owls received a pair of winning performances from seniors Tim Boeni in the long jump (24-3.75) and Bryce Buffaloe in the weight throw (61-9.50).
Charlotte closed out the first day by winning the distance medley relay in a time of 10:02.14, edging out UMass, which finished in a time of 10:02.75.
In the pole vault, UMass junior Sean Busch won the event with a leap of 15-3 to snap Rhode Island's 10-year conference winning streak in the event.
UMass holds the third spot (22 points) followed by Rhode Island (18 points), Richmond (17 points), La Salle (17 points), Saint Joseph's (11 points), Saint Louis (10 points), Xavier (nine points) and Fordham (four points).
The championships continue Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. Live video and stats are available by visiting www.atlantic10.org.