NCAA National Track Meet Roundup: 6/11

Published on June 11, 2014 at 11:18PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP)-Utah Valley’s Michael McPherson had a solid day in the men’s decathlon to headline the stellar performances of Utah-based athletes Wednesday in Day 1 of the NCAA Division I track and field championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

McPherson placed first in the decathlon’s 400-meter dash at a time of 48.28 seconds, while finishing second in the 100-meter dash and 10th in the long jump.

Several individual national champions were crowned, all in field events in Day 1 of competition.

Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe won the women’s hammer throw title with a throw of 219-5 feet, while Southern Utah’s Kayla Kovar placed a respectable 10th overall.

In the men’s pole vault, Sam Kendricks of Mississippi took the crown with a jump of 18-8 1/4 feet and in the women’s long jump, Oregon’s Jenna Prandini won the national title with a jump of 21-6 feet.

In closing things out, Florida’s Fawn Miller won with a throw of 190-8 feet with Weber State’s Tiffany Hellstrom finishing 14th overall, and in the men’s shot put, Texas’ Ryan Crouser earned the national title with a toss of 69-3 1/2 feet.

The meet resumes Thursday.