LEWISBURG, Pa. – Jordan Pacheco won the pole vault title to lead the Slippery Rock University men’s indoor track and field team to a third place position in the team standings after day one at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships from Bucknell University.
Lock Haven got an outstanding showing from its distance runners and throwers to lead after the first day with 48 points. Three-time defending champion Shippensburg is second with 46 points, followed by The Rock in third with 41.5 points. East Stroudsburg sits fourth with 35 points and Indiana is fifth with 14 points.
The competition will conclude Sunday with the first event set to start at 11 a.m. and the final event tentatively set for 4:50 p.m.
Pacheco, a freshman, kept Slippery Rock’s dominance in the pole vault going by winning the event with an NCAA provisional clearance of 4.81 meters. He won the event based on misses, as teammate Cody Colagrande also cleared a personal best 4.81 meters to take second place. John Piserchio finished sixth at 4.36 meters and Keiffer Reed was eighth at the same height as Slippery Rock scored 21.5 points in the event.
The next highest Rock finish on day one of the meet was the 4×800-meter relay team of Stephen Shephard, Ryan Thompson, Morgan Elliott and Tyler Melius that took second with a time of 7:51.29.
Victor Santoyo scored points with a fourth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.78 meters.
The distance medley relay team of Dalton Zebrak, Nathaniel Helfferich, Zac Patton and Tyler Palenchak placed fifth with a time of 10:35.44.
Michael Beegle scored points with a seventh place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:13.22.
The final point for Slippery Rock on day one came from Nick Turk, who took eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 16.42 meters.
One of the highlights from day one was Hans Lubich’s performance in the heptathlon. After the first four events in the seven-event competition, Lubich leads by 237 points with a score of 2,837 points. Nate Zigler is sixth at 2,431 points. The final three events will be contested Sunday.
The rest of the events contested Friday were qualification heats for Sunday’s finals.
Lubich also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter dash, where he will be joined in the final by Brandon Vanderbrook. Vanderbrook had the seventh best time in the prelims at 7.13 seconds, while Lubich matched him for the eighth best time in the prelims.
Hunter Williams reached an NCAA provisional mark in the 400-meter dash prelims and has earned a spot in Sunday’s final in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. His time of 49.76 seconds in the 400m is the fourth best from the prelims, while his 200m time of 22.39 seconds is the third best from the prelim rounds.
Slippery Rock will look for a podium finish in the team standings Sunday. Complete results and a recap will be posted to www.RockAthletics.com Sunday evening.
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