Day 1 Highlights
• Titles were claimed in three field events, led by Jordan Downs of Bethel (Ind.) who concluded the day by winning his second consecutive long jump title. Downs’ winning jump of 7.86m was his first attempt and nearly a record, just .02m away.
• James Plummer (Grand View) turned in a record setting performance in winning the weight throw. The senior’s toss of 21.81m won by two meters and eclipsed the old record of 21.73m set last year by Erik Escobedo (Bethel).
• With strong showings in both the 60m hurdles and pole vault this morning, Levi Sudbeck (Doane) secured the championship in the heptathlon with 5,273 points. His conference rival, Cody Williams of Concordia (Neb.) was a close second at 5,231 points.
• Brandon Ruffin of St.Francis (Ill.) outlasted Kaleb Clark (William Carey) to win the national championship in the high jump. Ruffin cleared 2.08m on his first attempt while Clark missed his first two tries before success on the final attempt at that height.
• Moses Watson of Baker (Kan.) won the first championship of the day, taking first in the 3000m Race Walk.
• West Virginia Tech is the overall leader after two days, accumulating 22 points. Concordia (Neb.) is close behind with 19, followed by Grand View (Iowa) (18) and Bethel (Ind.) (17).
The national championships will conclude on Saturday with the 15 remaining finals, 10 running events, two relays and three field events, followed by the awards ceremony. Action will begin at 12:35 p.m. with the finals in the mile, and the day will finish up with the final awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.