A year after winning its first MAC indoor championship, the University of Akron men’s track and field team picked up right where it left off last season with a dominating performance Friday on the first day of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships at Stile Athletics Field House.


The Zips won three individual titles, won the distance medley relay and are in first place with 66 points. With eight qualifiers ready for today’s finals, the Zips appear ready to win consecutive indoor titles.


Joe Wesley won the pole vault with a jump of 17-01 and Daryl Baptiste won the Zips’ third consecutive MAC title in the men’s long jump with a jump of 24-03.50. Eric Hubbard won the weight throw with a toss of 65-02.


The Zips distance medley relay team of Zachary Goulet, Willie Brown, Gabriel Genovesi and Brad Hough capped off the first day with a 9:47.73, the fastest time in school history. The time crushed the previous mark of 9:52.55 set by the same foursome.


The Zips women’s team is in fourth place with 24 points. Valerie Fraizer won the weight throw with a toss of 68-01.50 to lead the Zips women.


Today’s finals will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the Stile Athletics Field House.


More track


The Kent State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams are in contention for a title after the first day of the Indoor Championships at the University of Akron.


The KSU women are tied for second, led by Brooke Hutchings’ top finish in the long jump and Jacklyn Leppelmeier’s second-place finish in the weight throw.


Michael Heller took third place in the 5,000-meter run to lead the men to a third-place finish after Day One.


Softball


The Kent State softball team defeated Lehigh 9-2 but lost to N.C. State 8-0 on Friday in a doubleheader at the Wolfpack Challenge in Raleigh, N.C.


The Golden Flashes (2-6) scored eight runs in the first two innings and had a ?season-high 12 hits in a win over the Mountain Hawks.


Sophomore Abbey Ledford and senior Mary Holt each homered and senior Jess Blanton had an RBI double to lead the Flashes’ offense.


Sophomore Lauren McNeil struck out seven in her second win of the season.


In Game Two, freshman Emma Johnson allowed six unearned runs in the fourth inning in the loss to the Wolfpack.


Baseball


Senior David Starn struck out 10 through 7‚ innings but the Kent State baseball team failed to take advantage of base runners in every inning in a 2-1 loss to Lipscomb in Nashville on Friday.


Starn gave up an RBI double in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie to lift the Bison (4-1) to a win over the Golden Flashes (2-2).


KSU junior George Roberts hit a solo home run in the second inning to lead the Flashes.


Swimming


The University of Akron swimming and diving team is in seventh place after Day Two of the MAC championships at Ocasek Natatorium.


Sophomore Catherine Carr lowered her school record in the 400-yard medley with a time of 4:17.76 to finish second in the event to lead the Zips.