HPU Track Recap: Day 1 of 2022 Big South Track and Field Championship

MEN’S TRACK
Site: Winston-Salem, N.C. (JDL Fast Track)
Standing: 1st, 50 points
Number of Individual Big South Champions: One
First Event Friday: 60M Hurdles (Heptathlon) 11 AM

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – After day one of the Big South Indoor Championship the Panther Men are in first with 50 points. This is with five events scored tomorrow 12 more events will be scored at JDL in Winston to decide the 2022 Big South Indoor Champions. Chris Van Niekerk claimed a Big South Individual title in the shot put with a mark of 18.25m.

Mike Esposito: My reaction to day one is a positive one. We played a very good first half if you will. We have positioned ourselves very well for tomorrow which is what you want to do one day one, it was moving day on the men’s side. On the women’s side, those are big events for us and we performed well in our big weight divisions if you will. I was very pleased with the energy across the board. We have a big day tomorrow.

Panther Particulars

Terris Burton and Bobby Dupell III both advanced to tomorrow’s finals in the 400 m dash with times of 49.48 and 49.68, respectively.

Deron Dudley finished the day at the top of the table with the best time, 6.72, in the 60 m dash amongst a decorated field which ties his school-record time. Dudley will look to keep his momentum going in the finals tomorrow.

Jonny House and Gabriel Ludwick qualified for tomorrow’s finals in the 800m. House finished with a time of 1:54.89, while Ludwick recorded a 1:55.48. Ludwick finished second in his heat allowing him to advance to tomorrow’s finals.

Hocine Bouchrak finished second in the men’s 5000m with a time of 14:36.06 in a chaotic finish as Bouchrak was able to stay the course to gut out a second-place finish.

Freddie Allen III finished third in the long jump with a jump of 7.32m.

Adam Craig represented the Panthers on the podium in the male pole vault with a mark of 4.55m which earned him second place.

Van Niekerk earned the first Big South individual title on the men’s side with a throw for 18.25m in the shot put.

Gabriel Ludwick, Bobby Dupell III, Jonny House, and Lorenzo Botter finished third in the men’s DMR with a time of 10:07.88.

Standings after Day 1
1. High Point 50
2. Campbell 42
3. Charleston Southern 25
4. UNC-Asheville 22
5. NC A&T 17
6. USC Upstate 16
7. Hampton 12
8. Gardner-Webb 6
9. Winthrop 2


WOMEN’S TRACK
Site: Winston-Salem, N.C. (JDL Fast Track)
Standing: 1st, 81 points
Number of Individual Big South Champions: Four

First Event Friday: High Jump 12:00 pm

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – After day one of the Big South Indoor Championship the Panther Women are in first place with 81points. This is with six events scored tomorrow 11 more events will be scored at JDL in Winston to decide the 2022 Big South Indoor Champions. Hannah Brookover won a Big South individual title in the 5000m and set a meet record. Sydney Horn did the same in the Pole Vault jumping 4.42m setting a new personal best indoor and a new Big South Championship record. Alicia Dawson earned yet another Big South individual title in the long jump. Lexi Crompton got the day started on a high note for the Panthers with an epic comeback in the pentathlon to win the first Big South individual title of the day.

Mike Esposito: My reaction to day one is a positive one. We played a very good first half if you will. We have positioned ourselves very well for tomorrow which is what you want to do one day one, it was moving day on the men’s side. On the women’s side, those are big events for us and we performed well in our big weight divisions if you will. I was very pleased with the energy across the board. We have a big day tomorrow.

Panther Particulars

Lexi Crompton picked up the first individual title of the day for the Panthers with a personal best of 3465 points in the Pentathlon after overcoming a 200 point deficit in which she made up in the 800. Lilly Wolf scored for the Panthers as well in the pentathlon

Sydney Horn set a new Big South indoor track and field record in the women’s pole vault as she cleared the 4.42m jump. Horn won her first Big South Indoor title.

High Point also claimed the second, third, and fourth spot as Mackenzie Horn, Nathalie Elliott, and Rachel Vesper all placed in that order as HPU swept the podium for pole vault.

Olive Allen led the way in the mile for HPU with a time of 5.08.72 to advance to tomorrow’s finals. Hannah Brookover, Sydney Bagus, and Franzi Jakobs have also qualified for the mile finals tomorrow.

Nyile Facey won her heat of the 60 m dash as she broke a school record with a time of 8.47 which will send her to tomorrow’s finals. Abi Craig will also be advancing to tomorrow’s finals in the 400 m dash after recording a time of 57.35 to win her heat today.

Alicia Dawson captured another individual title today for HPU as she won the women’s long jump with a mark of 6.08m.

In the 5000m, Brookover made history setting a new Big South Championship record time with a first-place time of 16:51.28. Ashley Jones finished third with a time of 17:03.19 while Lindsey Ickes finished fourth and Tessa Webb finished eighth.

Letizia Marsico finished eighth in the shot put with a mark of 13.20m.

HPU’s distance medley relay of Camryn Harper, Abi Craig, Nikki Frail, and Tatum Castillo finished third with a time of 12:10.16

Standings after Day 1
1. High Point 81
2. Hampton 45
3. NC A&T 28
4. Charleston Southern 21
5. UNC-Asheville 19
6. Radford 17
7. Campbell 13
8. Gardner-Webb 9