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Jones's steeplechase win highlights opening day at SAA track championships

Jones's steeplechase win highlights opening day at SAA track championships

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Southern Athletic Association Men's Track and Field Championships have completed six scored events and through the opening day of competition, the Centre men's track team sits in second place after a clutch performance in the 3000m steeplechase.

Centre has 40 points through six scored events, four ahead of Berry and eight ahead of Birmingham Southern. Rhodes, aided by almost a clean sweep of the 10k, leads the meet with 68 points.

Junior Keenan Jones (Frankfort, Ky.), seeded fourth on the SAA performance list in the steeplechase, outperformed his seed by winning the event with a time of 9:37.71 to give Centre ten crucial points and move them out of a tie with Birmingham Southern and also jump Berry on the leaderboard.

In the long jump, 2017 SAA hurdling champion Henry Gunner (Elma, N.Y.) finished third overall with a jump of 21-11.75. Freshman Thomas Jordan (Birmingham, Ala.) jumped 21-02.75 to take sixth place in the event. Gunner and Jordan combined to score nine points for the Colonels in the long jump.

Freshman David McGrade (New Orleans, La.) got on the board for the Colonels in the 10k, finishing eighth overall at just over 34 minutes.

The other scored events for Friday were all throws. Centre scored more points than any team in the shot put. Junior Hunter Gann (Bowling Green, Ky.) led the way for Centre, finishing fourth with a throw of 42-04.25. He was immediately followed by freshmen Allen Richardson (Cookeville, Tenn.) in fifth at 42-02.00 and Braden Tabor (White Plains, Ky.) in sixth at 41-10.50.

In the hammer, sophomore Jesse Vaughn (Hamilton, Ohio) had the best mark for the Colonels, finishing fourth overall with a throw of 132-3. Sophomore Carter Broome (Charleston, Tenn.) finished sixth in the same event with a mark of 124-7.

The SAA Championships will conclude on Saturday. Click HERE for live results.