Kent State junior Matthias Tayala broke a 40-year-old indoor record with a hammer throw of 72 feet, 2½ inches to lead the Golden Flashes in the first day of the Golden Flash Gala on Friday.
Tayala broke Olympian Jacques Accambray’s record of 71-10¾ set in 1973.
Jackie Leppelmeier finished in first in the weight throw to lead the women. Leppelmeier threw a personal-best 67-1¼, 7 inches off the current indoor record.
Dylan Shirley finished first in the long jump, and Andrew Goodwin won the 5,000 meter run for the Flashes.
The majority of the track events take place today.
Mount Union junior Sean Donnelly set a school record in the hammer throw.
Donnelly finished third in the event with a throw of 64-3, which beat the record he set a year ago by 5 feet.
University of Akron senior Aodhan Quinn was named one of 15 finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor awarded to a Division I soccer player.
Quinn, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-MAC honoree, scored seven goals (three game-winners) this season and led the Zips in the postseason with goals in three matches.
This is the sixth-consecutive season in which the Zips have had at least one player named to the Hermann Trophy semifinal list, with Teal Bunbury winning in 2009 and Darlington Nagbe winning in 2010.
University of Akron women’s coach Brandon Padgett agreed to a two-year contract extension through May 2016.
Padgett, in his fourth season as coach of the Zips, led the Zips to two MAC Tournament championship appearances and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012, the first two in program history.