Day 1 Recap: Records fallMarch 9, 2007

A marathon tiebreaker in the women's pole vault highlighted a day that featured three national records at the 2007 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday.

Senior Megan Rossi of North Central College and senior Meghan Voiland of Augustana both cleared 12' 11 1/2" to share a national record in the women's pole vault. Only one could be crowned national champion, however, and a tiebreaker ensued.

Following eight additional jumps and two exhausted competitors, Rossi cleared 12' 3 1/2" to capture the title after Voiland narrowly clipped the bar in her tiebreak attempt.

The third record of the day occurred in the women's distance medley relay, as the Wisconsin-Platteville team of Emma Dreis, Bobbi Arand, Jessica Scott and Marcia Taddy earned top honors with a time of 11:34.46.

Other women's national titles on the day were earned by Alecia Watson from the City College of New York in the long jump (19' 2 1/2") and Terri Schwab of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the weight throw (61' 2 3/4").

On the men's side, three national champions were crowned on day one. Wisconsin-Oshkosh captured the distance medley relay title with a time of 10:01.85. Greg Tyson of Heidelberg defended his 2006 long jump national title with a leap of 24' 3". Brandon Houle of Wisconsin-Oshkosh completed the day with a weight throw toss of 63' 11 3/4".

Through day one of the championships, Wisconsin-La Crosse and Williams are tied for top honors with 17 points on the women's side. In men's action, Wisconsin-Oshkosh has scored 26 points, and Heidelberg ranks second with 10 points.

Action continues with 20 national champions crowned on Saturday at the Sports and Recreation Center. Tickets for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships will be available at the door for $5.



-- Courtesy Rose-Hulman