Jacobs Highlights Day One for Upstate at A-Sun Championships

Jacksonville, Fla.  – Alexis Jacobs earned Second Team All-Conference honors in the shot put on Friday for USC Upstate during day one of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Hodges Stadium.

Jacobs became the first Upstate female athlete in program history to receive All-Conference honors in the shot put. She walked away with Second Team accolades after her school record, and personal-best, throw of 14.11-meters.

Jacobs led the Spartan women on day one with her 2nd place finish as they are in 6th place overall with 18 points.

Brittany Walls is currently in 2nd place in the heptathlon with 3,026 points, and is 61 points behind leader Christie Leverette of Kennesaw State. Walls had a 1st place finish in the shot put of 12.19-meters and later tied for 2nd in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 1.67-meters. KeAndrea Ladson is 5th with 2,696 points. She recorded personal-bests in the high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash.

Dominique Nock and Brenicke Johnson both qualified for the 100-meter dash finals on Saturday. Nock ran an 11.93 en route to a 5th place finish and Johnson followed right behind her in 6th place after a time of 11.98. Semaj Tolliver would post a personal-best time in the 100-meter dash of 12.21 as she finished in 10th place. Walls, Destinie Sykes, Kierstin Williams and Draneisha Griffin also posted personal-best marks on Friday in their respective events. Walls had a throw of 12.68-meters in the shot put as she placed 6th, Sykes a 15.47 in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, Williams a mark of 44.13-meters in the hammer throw and Griffin a leap of 5.70-meters in the long jump.

On the men's side, Upstate is in 6th place with six points as Jonathan Jackson qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash. Jackson posted a time of 11.30 and would finish in 9th place. Ross Oden turned in the top performance for the Spartan men as he finished 4th in the 10,000-meter run following his time of 31:55.32.

Jake McKown, Michael Smith and Alex Love had personal-best marks in the shot put, long jump and 10,000-meter run. McKown recorded a throw of 10.87-meters in the shot put and Smith a leap of 6.78-meters in the long jump as he placed 10th. Love ran a 32:21.17 in the 10,000-meter run and would finish 8th.

Jacksonville sits in 1st place of the women's standings with 72 points, while Kennesaw State leads the men's competition with 85 points.

Day two of the A-Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the men's decathlon. The women's heptathlon follows at 10 a.m.

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