Wisconsin-Superior leads in both the men's and women's team standings after the opening day of the UMAC Outdoor Championships on Friday at Minnesota-Morris.
The UWS men are going for a fourth straight team title and hold a small lead over St. Scholastica, 93 points to 81, after the Yellowjackets won just one event Friday as C.J. Pillath defended his title in the hammer throw with a toss of 174 feet. UWS's depth was the big difference, with the Yellowjackets having at least three athletes score in three events.
St. Scholastica's Easton Foss and Ryan Steger set new meet records, with Foss winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9 minutes, 35.53 seconds, while Steger broke an eight-year-old record by winning the 800 in 1:53.85.
UWS' lead in the women's standings is even slimmer as the Yellowjackets have 95 points, with Minnesota-Morris (94 points) and defending champion St. Scholastica (80.5) within striking distance.
UWS won two individual events: senior Kelli Praska in the 800 in 2:20.0 and sophomore Amber Hindenreich in the pole vault (10-4.75). The Yellowjackets also scored at least three times in two events.
St. Scholastica's Maria West led off the day by winning the 3,000 steeplechase in 12:21.97, while teammate Anika Kling won the 200 (25.97) and long jump (16-6) and has the top preliminary time in the 100 (12.61).
The second and final day of the championships starts at 11 a.m. today in Morris.