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Samford's Selena Popp
Photo Courtesy of Todd Drexler
Samford leads after first day of indoor meet
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 02/24/2018

LEXINGTON, Va. – Samford's Selena Popp won a pair of titles and set a championship record and teammate Keyth Fightmaster won his third high jump title as the Bulldogs lead both the women's and men's team races after Saturday's first day of the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the VMI Corps Physical Training Facility.

On the women's side, two-time defending champion Samford picked up three event wins and 83.5 points to sit ahead of Western Carolina (46.5) in second. Wofford follows in third with 28 points, with Furman (26), ETSU (19), VMI (17), The Citadel (six) and UNCG and Chattanooga (four each) rounding out the standings.

Samford's men won two events and totaled 46 points on the first day of competition, four clear of second-place ETSU, which won the distance medley relay. Four-time defending champion Western Carolina is in third with 39 points, followed by Furman (33), VMI (12), Wofford and The Citadel (11 each) and UNCG (one).

Popp opened the meet by defending her title in the pentathlon, scoring 4,118 points to smash the meet record she set last year (3,779) and the facility record. The junior from Hixon, Tennessee, dominated the event, opening with a second-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles before ripping off wins in the high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter run.

Popp broke the facility record in the high jump in the pentathlon, turning in a leap of 1.76 meters to claim the event. VMI's Julia Logan, who owned the previous overall pentathlon facility record, finished second with a jump of 1.73 meters, which also bested the old facility mark of 1.70. Popp followed with another facility record with a leap 6.01 meters in the pentathlon long jump.

Later in the meet, Popp would add her second title of the day, extending her own facility record in the long jump with a mark of 6.04 meters.

Junior Sarah Lee made it three titles for the Bulldog women on the opening day of the meet with her crown in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.50 meters.

Junior Simone Williams claimed Western Carolina's fourth straight shot put title, hurling the implement 13.56 meters.

Furman sophomore Emma Grace Hurley got the Paladins in the win column with her victory in the 3,000-meter run in 9:54.74. Furman added another win in the distance medley relay, as Jacquelyn Crow, Becca Cooley, Emma Kuntz and Gabrielle Jennings combined to break the facility record in 11:52.94.

On the men's side, Fightmaster cleared 2.03 meters to claim his third high jump title in the last four seasons. Teammate Marquis Barnes, who earned wins in the heptathlon 60-meter dash, long jump and high jump in the first day of competition in that event, grabbed a win in the long jump with a leap of 7.38 meters.

Western Carolina's Mateius Brown earned his second straight shot put title with a throw of 16.64 meters. In the 3,000-meter run, Furman's Frank Lara dethroned Samford's Arsθne Guillorel, the two-time defending champion in the event. Lara turned in a time of 8:13.79 to finish nearly four seconds ahead of teammate Mason Coppi. Guillorel finished fourth.

ETSU won the distance medley relay in the final men's event of the day, as the Bucs' Matthew Scarr, Harper Sigler, Haydn Borghetti-Metz and Adam Bradtmueller broke the facility record with a time of 10:07.32.

The SoCon Championships resume Sunday with the resumption of the heptathlon at 9:15 a.m.

Live results, daily recaps, photos and video highlights can be found at

Men's results – Day 1
1. Samford – 46 points
2. ETSU – 42
3. Western Carolina – 39
4. Furman – 33
5. VMI – 12
T6. The Citadel – 11
T6. Wofford – 11
8. UNCG – 1

Women's results – Day 1
1. Samford – 83.5 points
2. Western Carolina – 46.5
3. Wofford – 28
4. Furman – 26
5. ETSU – 19
6. VMI – 17
7. The Citadel – 6
T8. UNCG – 4
T8. Chattanooga – 4

Men's All-Freshman – Day 1
Men's long jump
Karon Delince, ETSU
Thomas Ozburn Jr., Samford
Drae Butts, ETSU

Men's high jump
Matt Cahoon, Samford
Kenya Pinckney, The Citadel
Khadevis Snead, Western Carolina

Men's shot put
Austin Lufkin, Wofford
Jay Stanley, Western Carolina
Mac Bennett, Western Carolina
Connor Jacobs, Wofford

Men's 3,000-meter run
Daniel Bernal, Furman
Trent Mandato, Furman
Ben Garner, Samford

Women's All-Freshman – Day 1
Megan Dunn, Wofford
Autumn James, Western Carolina
Amanda Dumar, Samford

Women's shot put
Sarah Leckman, VMI
Jadan Finch, ETSU
Atlantis Warren, ETSU

Women's pole vault
Tally Wilson, Samford
Kinley Drummonds, Western Carolina
Samantha Engel, The Citadel

Women's long jump
Makaila McIntyre, Western Carolina
Erin Willard, Western Carolina

Women's 3,000-meter run
Hannah Steelman, Wofford
Allie Nelson, Samford
Sophia Neglia, Chattanooga

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