NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Belmont Track and Field teams extended its' streak of strong early outdoor season performances on Day One of the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational on Friday evening.
The Bruins excelled in the throwing events once again. Freshman Josie Hardin (Acworth, Ga.) and junior Clare Sobon (Somerset, N.J.) notched top-20 finishes in the hammer throw. Hardin's mark of 47.37m (155'5.25") reset the program's record in the event. Sobon also eclipsed the mark, taking 17th (46.29m) while Hardin finished 14th overall.
Junior Austin Landis (Victor, Mont.) snagged a huge hammer throw personal record with a toss of 55.76m (182'11.5") to take third in the event. His mark is currently the best in the OVC.
Belmont also stood out in the 1500m with three runners recording new personal records. Junior Erick Kigen (Eldoret, Kenya) took second in the event with a time of 3:49.59. Sophomore Eamonn Kichuk (Unionville, Ont., Canada) finished fourth (3:49.97) while junior David Everett (St. Louis, Mo.) was sixth (3:51.21). Belmont now owns the top four times in the event in the OVC.
In the women's 1500m, sophomore Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) recorded a conference-leading mark of 4:35.65 with her 10th place finish.
"It was a pretty special evening for all of our athletes. Nearly everyone got a personal best in his or her respective event," said Assistant Coach Joe Frye. "This is another great start for the weekend, and hopefully we can follow it with another stellar day tomorrow."
Belmont returns to action on Saturday for the second day of the Vanderbilt Black and Gold. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with running events scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.