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SWAC Track and Field Championship Day 1 Recap
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 04/20/2013
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Courtesy:Jackson State Athletics Media

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NEW ORLEANS -- After a rainy, cold start, the first day of competition is complete at the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The day started with a record-breaking performance by Joyce Chumo of Mississippi Valley State and Paige Rankine of Alabama State in the 10,000 meter run. Chumo won the race with a record-setting time of 36:53.08. Meanwhile, Rankine also eclipsed the previous record with a time of 37.50.24. The previous record of 38:34.88 was set in 2008 by Theresa Padilla of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Two other event champions were crowned in the women's competition. Katelyn Roth of Southern claimed the title in the Hammer Throw with a toss of 48.41m (158-10 ft), while Mahogany Cullins of Prairie View won the Pole Vault clearing a height of 8 feet, 10.71 inches.

Four events were completed in the Heptathlon and after Day 1, Myesha Dixon of Prairie View leads the way with 2,661 point. She is followed closely by Tyrisha Chamber of Alabama State who finished the day with 2,623 points.

Overall, four-time defending champion Alabama State is in front of the women's competition with 34.5 points. Prairie View is second with 24, while Southern is third with 19 points, Mississippi Valley State fourth (15 pts), Texas Southern (12.5 pts) and Grambling sixth (11 pts).

The men's Decathalon is also at the midway point. After five events, Marion Malone of Alabama A&M is leading with 3214 points. The pack is tight behind Malone, with Byron Kearney of Alabama State in second with 3,023 points and Christopher Crawford third with 2,954 pts. The next four competitors are separated by less than 50 points.

Three individual titles were decided in the men's competition. Daniel Kibet of Mississippi Valley State won the 10,000m with a time of 32:38.79, Hasoni Alfred took first place in the Javelin with a throw of 50.18m (164-07) and D'Wayne Houston of Southern won the Hammer Throw with a distance of 50.45m (165-06).

With three events scored in the men's competition, Mississippi Valley State is leading with 34 points. Southern is just ahead of Grambling with 23 points. GSU is third with 21 points, followed by Alabama State (16 pts), Prairie View (15 pts) and Texas Southern (8 pts).
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