UPLAND, Ind. (Photos) -- Friday provided the fast start for the Indiana Wesleyan University women's outdoor track and field team that seeks its first Mid-Central College Conference championship since 2007.
The Wildcats already hold a 26 point lead after the first day of competition in Upland, Indiana. IWU scored 69 points on Friday while Bethel (Ind.) College is second at 43 points and Spring Arbor (Mich.) University is third with 33 points.
Highlighting the opening day were four field event finals and two running finals. Student-athletes finishing in the top-three in an event final are recognized as MCC All-Conference performers.
Victoria Lee was the only Wildcat to win a MCC championship during the first day of competition. She won the Women's Hammer throw by an astounding 27-0 feet with a throw of 180 feet.
Indiana Wesleyan head coach John Foss stated earlier in the week the importance of the team's depth at the conference championship meet. The team showed that in four events on Friday. Indiana Wesleyan had three student-athletes score in the 10,000-Meter Run, Long Jump, Discus, and Hammer Throw. In all four of those events, Indiana Wesleyan scored 15 total points for 60 of the 69 points scored on the day.
Joining Lee in the Hammer Throw was Lynne Miller and Robin Bullman. Miller's throw of 140 feet 1 inch was good for sixth place while Bullman's toss of 137-5 feet registered a seventh place finish.
Indiana Wesleyan also received 15 points in another throwing event, the Discus. Paige Smith earned a second place finish with a throw of 130-3. Tina Huffman took fourth place with a mark of 117-3 while Emily Blake earned seventh at 107-3.
The third field event to boast three Wildcat scorers for a total of 15 points was the Long Jump. Allix Miller gained a runner-up finish with a leap of 17-7. Kyla Morgan jumped to a fourth place finish with a mark of 16-9.25 while Tori Lee was seventh in a jump of 15-10.25.
In the two track events on Friday, Indiana Wesleyan earned 23 points.
The 10,000-Meter Run was the fourth event today with three Wildcats scoring a total of 15 points. Natasha Greenwood was the first of three straight Wildcats to cross the line. She was third place in 40 minutes 11.66 seconds while Taylor Hite was right behind her in fourth place at 40:12.63. Allison Musselman then finished in 40:22.12 for fifth place.
Indiana Wesleyan scored eight points in the 4x800-Meter Relay and raced to a season-best time and a NAIA ‘A' standard. The team of Amanda Johnson, Kayla Ewert, Amanda Wolfe, and Christina Sandberg took second in a time of 9:20.28 which was 18 seconds faster than their seed entering the meet.
The Wildcats will continue the MCC Championship with the final day of competition on Saturday. The meet begins at 2 p.m.