MESA, AZ – In golf the call it “moving day,” the third round when the leaders jostle for position heading into Sunday. At the NJCAA Track and Field National Championships at Mesa Community College that’s pretty much what Friday was. A handful of finals were contested, but primarily there were dozens of preliminaries setting up Saturday’s championships.
In the team competition, Iowa Central still had a solid lead over South Plains, 80-48, with Iowa Western third with 42 points. On the women’s side, Iowa Central was on top with 72 points. South Plains had 59 and Central Arizona 41.
The finals that were held Friday highlighted the multi-events. Simon Gyllensten, of Vincennes, won with a total of 6912 points. The heptathlon was captured by Elizabeth Dadzie, of Iowa Central, with 5144 points.
Four field event finals were held.
In the women’s long jump Brianna Rodriguez, of Pima, won with a leap of 18-11 ¾ and in the shot put it was Micah Dennis, of Cntral Arizona, at 49-6 ½.
The men’s long jump was taken by Travonn White, of Central Arizona, with a jump of 25-4 1/2 and the shot was won by Tyler Hovey, of Iowa Central, with a toss of 57-3 ¾.