EDINBURG, Texas – Daiwa Emmert (Bolivar, Mo.) and Zane Lockhart (Plattsmouth, Neb.) opened the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday with four events of the heptathlon and five events of the decathlon, respectively.
Emmert finished in the top-six, while collecting two personal bests, in the first four events of the heptathlon. On the track, Emmert knocked off time in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, after crossing the line in 15.04 seconds and 26.63 seconds, respectively. In the field, the junior finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 10.24 meters and fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.58 meters. Emmert is sitting in fourth place through four events scored with 2,836 points and will conclude the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run on Thursday afternoon.
Lockhart recorded personal bests in three of his five events of the decathlon. The junior set his first personal best in the 100-meter dash, where he clocked in a time of 11.58 seconds. He continued the trend in the long jump, where he leapt to a first-place finish of 6.90 meters. Lockhart shaved .10 seconds off his personal best performance in the 400-meter dash to finish in 54.26 seconds. After five scored events, Lockhart currently sits in fifth place with 3,302 points. Decathlon events will conclude on Thursday with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
The Roos will return to the track Thursday night when Jason Fambrough (Raymore, Mo.), Nathan Keown (Columbia, Mo.) and Quinlan Moll (Springfield, Mo.) battle in the men's 10,000-meter run at 8 p.m. CT. Competition will conclude for the day with the women's 10,000-meter run at 8:45 p.m. CT, where Chandler Carreon (Lake St. Louis, Mo.), Mia Jerman (St. Genevieve, Mo.) and Megan Mills (Nixa, Mo.) will compete for the gold.
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