JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Both the Union College men's and women's track & field teams sit in fourth place overall after the first night of competition at the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships, contested at the Sidney Smallwood Track.
Overall, Tennessee Wesleyan leads both the men's and women's sides of the Championships heading into the final day of competition tomorrow afternoon.
On the men's side, two Union field athletes captured events on the evening. First, in the pole vault, Andrew Johnston (SR/Benton, Ky.) was victorious with a clearance of 12 feet, six inches. Then, in the shot put, William White (SR/Manchester, Ky.) took top honors, winning the event with a toss of 42 feet, 11 inches. Teammate Matt Francis (JR/Salyersville, Ky.) finished just behind in the shot put, placing second with a 41 foot, 4.25 inch effort, earning All-AAC honors in the process.
In the lone finish of note on the track for the men's team, Domonique Jefferson (JR/Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 11.40. Teammate Thales Galan (JR/Santa Andzie, Brazil) was sixth in the same event with a time of 11.80.
For the women on the first night of competition, Jessica Shepherd (SO/Somerset, Ky. ) registered the highest finish on the evening in an event, placing third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.03, earning All-AAC honors in the process. Shepherd was also fifth in the 100-meters, crossing the finish line in 12.96.
In field events, Alex Prokopchak (FR/Williamstown, Ky.) was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 0.50 inches, while Abby Tigue (JR/Pineville, Ky.) was fifth in the shot put (29 foot, 4.50 inch effort).
Action at the 2014 AAC Championships wraps up tomorrow afternoon at the Sidney Smallwood Track. Fans can follow live results all afternoon here.