VERMILLION, S.D. - Dana LaRue and Nathaniel Marshall each won the conference crown in the weight throw to highlight Western Illinois track & field's performances on the opening day of the Summit League Championships inside the DakotaDome on Sunday.
The men sit in fifth place with 18.66 points after the first day of competion, while the women are in seventh with 11 points. South Dakota, the host school, leads on the men's side with 59 points, while North Dakota State sits in first on the women's side with 47 points.
LaRue not only shattered her personal best, but also broke the seven-year-old program and meet records. Her toss of 63-07.75 (19.40m) edged the field by an inch-and-a-half, and bested Aubrey Martin's record of 63-06.75, set in 2006, by an inch.
For the men, Marshall used a throw of 64-00.25 (19.51m) to win the weight throw event, edging a North Dakota State competitior by just over six inches.
By winning their respective events, LaRue and Marshall also earn All-Summit League honors.
In the men's 60-meter dash, Justin Kilpatrick advanced through the preliminaries and semifinals, warning a spot in the finals, which take place tomorrow. He posted a personal-best time of 6.88 to finish second in the semis, a mark that ranks second in program history.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Glenn Powell advanced to tomorrow's finals on the men's side by finishing in 8.26, the fourth-best time of the day. On the women's side, Talisa Watson squeaked into tomorrow's finals with a top-eight finish in a time of 9.09.
Also adding an eighth-place preliminary finish was Myelle Vann, who completed the 400-meter dash in 58.86 to qualify for the finals tomorrow.
In the 3,000-meter run finals, Michael Castel missed the podium by less than four seconds, finishing in sixth with a time of 8:33.87.
In the weight throw, Tyler Elston added an eighth-place finish by throwing a distance of 53-03.75.
Western Illinois will look to make a jump in the standings as the Summit League Championships conclude tomorrow. Click HERE to follow along with live stats, or click HERE for the Summit League's championship coverage.
1. North Dakota State - 47
2. Omaha - 38
3. Kansas City - 32
4. South Dakota - 28
5. South Dakota State - 23
6. Oakland - 14
7. Western Illinois - 11
8. Fort Wayne - 2
1. South Dakota - 59
2. North Dakota State - 52
3. South Dakota State - 31.33
4. Kansas City - 28
5. Western Illinois - 18.66
6. Oakland - 3