Embry-Riddle Shines on First Day of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Embry-Riddle's Lonnie Marts
Embry-Riddle's Lonnie Marts

KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Four Embry-Riddle athletes were the first from the PBC to participate in the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas, on Thursday.  Lonnie Marts and Connor Guinn each took part in the first half of the decathlon, while Kristen Metcalfe and Calahan Warren ran in the 1500m prelims.
 
Marts finished day one of the decathlon with 3917 points, which puts him in third place overall, while Guinn is in seventh place with 3706 points. Marts took second in the 100m in 10.85 while Guinn was eighth in 11.26. In the long jump, Guinn posted a personal best with a distance of 6.96m to place sixth, while Marts was ninth at 6.91m. Marts notched a season-best and first-place mark of 14.36m in the shot put, winning the event by nearly two-and-a-half feet. Guinn set his second PR of the day with a sixth-place distance of 12.12m. In the high jump, Guinn tied for second with a height 1.97m and Marts tied for fifth at 1.91m. The final event of the day saw Marts place fourth in the 400m in 51.25, while Guinn was ninth in 52.43.

Metcalfe, seeded seventh, finished third in the second heat with the third-fastest time of the 20 runners. The senior started strong, jumping out to a 1.6 second lead at 300m and increased her lead to 3.47 seconds at the 700m mark. After leading by 2.45 seconds at the 1100m mark, Metcalfe finished with a time of 4:32.43, just 1.42 seconds off the pace of the fastest qualifier.
 
Metcalfe will compete in the 12-athlete 1500m final on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. She will also be competing in the 800m preliminaries Friday at 7:05 p.m.
 
Warren placed eighth in the first heat of the 1500m prelims, but his time of 4:04.42 wasn't quick enough to advance to Saturday's final, as he placed 17th among the competitors. He will have another chance to qualify for a final when he runs in the prelims of the 800m tomorrow evening.
 
Marts and Guinn will resume the decathlon tomorrow, beginning with the 110m hurdles at 10:30 a.m., while Warren will run in the 800m prelims at 7:20 p.m.

Live scoring, results and live video can be seen at ncaa.com.