TRACK & FIELD: Men, women lead Sun Belt Championship day one

As day one of the Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships ended, both Western’s men’s and women’s teams stood atop the overall team rankings.

The women, who are looking for their fifth consecutive indoor conference title and 13th track and field conference title overall, hold an 11.3-point margin over MTSU — the host of this year’s event.

The men finished Saturday with the lead as well, besting UL-Lafayette by three points.

If both teams are able to hold on to capture first place, it will mark the first time they have won a conference championship in conjunction with one another since the 2008 Outdoor Championships.

To this point, the women’s distance medley relay team stands out among the rest, having set a Western record time.

“Those young ladies ran very well and were able to get some very positive things going,” Head Coach Erik Jenkins said.

Senior distance runner Janet Jesang, who ran the anchor leg of that event, also took first place in the 3,000-meter race.

Taking top honors in the shot put was Brian Soverns, a senior thrower who has taken first place in both the weight throw and shot put at various events throughout the season.

Jenkins said Western has at least one representative in every sprint race final on schedule for tomorrow.

“That’s something we’re very proud of,” he said.

Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The women’s mile and 5,000-meter races, as well as the 4×400-meter relay for both the men and women, highlight Sunday’s schedule. Check wkuherald.com for a recap of events later in the evening.

-M. Blake Harrison

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