LakePoint, Ga. - Kennesaw State won four events on day one of the 22nd ASUN Conference Men's Track and Field Championship, accruing a total of 107 points, to carry first place into Saturday's action.
Freshman Paris Williams' first place finishes in the 100m (11.12), long jump (7.03m) and the high jump (1.96m) were enough to propel the Owl into first in the decathlon standings this Friday. His total of 3755 gives him a 79 point lead over teammate Josh Mulder, while his mark in the high jump is a personal record and ranks second in the ASUN for the year. Mulder tallied a season best in the shot put (12.44m) and set a meet record 49.34 in the 200m to garner second going into Saturday. The senior is the current decathlon record holder for KSU, and his 7320 at the Virginia Challenge earlier this season ranks 11th in the NCAA East for 2017.
Kennesaw State dominated the field on the way to sweeping the podium in the hammer throw, shot put and long jump. Dayo Akindele's 7.80m in the long jump set a new meet and program record before being deemed as wind aided, while Chuck McConville's 16.00m toss in the shot is a season best for the ASUN. Brenton Rosa set a new meet record after clearing 5.06m in the pole vault, with fellow Owl Hunter Arnold finishing right behind him with a mark of 4.96m.
North Florida men grabbed a pair of wins, while the Ospreys took ahold of the top-three spots in the 10K. Junior Brad Hort sprinted the final 100m for a time of 31:45.20, coming in just ahead of freshman Noah Perkins. Rob Leverone rounded took bronze in the event, finishing with a pace of 31:56.00. The ASUN's top steeplechase runner Fynn Timm showed off on Friday with a first place performance. His 9:18.67 beat second place by nearly a dozen seconds, and fell roughly nine seconds short of tying a meet record.
Lipscomb's Kaleb Kunes and Chase Hampton followed up Timm in the 3K steeple, posting times of 9:30.17 and 9:32.96 respectively. The Bisons turned in five top-five performances to combine for 24 points overall.
The 22nd Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship continues into Saturday at 9 AM beginning with the continuation of the men's decathlon. Kennesaw State's lead extends to more than 60 points over second-place North Florida, holding 107 points overall.