FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW got runner-up finishes from Kayla Zink in the weight throw and the distance medley relay, as the Mastodons earned 20 points on the first day and sit in fifth place in the league standings after the first day of competition.
IPFW stands fifth in the field with 20 points, ahead of Western Illinois (14), and IUPUI (7). North Dakota State leads after the first day with 65 points, while Omaha has scored 34 and is in second. South Dakota (30), and South Dakota State (24) fill out the field ahead of the Mastodons.
Zink unleashed her school-record throw on her final throw of the preliminaries, advancing to the finals in the process. In the finals, she had a toss of 17.71 meters, just shy of her own school record. Porter opened the competition with a toss of 16.44 meters, and neared the mark with tosses of 16.41 and 15.90 meters; however, the inital toss was enough to put the senior into fifth place overall.
Brittany Beard‘s time of 2:15.32 in the 800-meter run was not only a school record by over three seconds, but it put the freshman into the finals of the event with the fourth-best time in the preliminaries.
Competition continues tomorrow for the second of two days of the Championships, hosted at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse.