MARION, Ind. -- (Results) Six field events and the 10,000-Meter Run accounted for eight finals contested during the first day of competition at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, being held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.
Temperatures were warm on Thursday, reaching a high of 86-degrees, and there was strong wind throughout the day up to 20 miles per hour.
Highlighting the action on Thursday was a pair of second-time national champions, although neither entered the weekend as the reigning champion.
Bianca Grant of Wayland Baptist (Texas) won her second Women's Long Jump title today with a leap of 6.23-meters/20 feet 5.25 inches. Grant also won the event in 2010 but was unable to defend her title in 2011. Kennedy Kituka, also of Wayland Baptist, won his second individual national championship in the Men's 10,000-Meter Run. Kituka also won his last title in 2010 and won tonight's final competition under the lights in a time of 29 minutes 35.85 seconds.
Lauren Jimison of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) won the Women's 10,000-Meter Run in a time of 35:54.03. Her victory in the final women's event on Thursday vaulted Azusa Pacific into first place after five events with 21 points.
Lenzey Stidham of Siena Heights (Mich.) won an individual title in the Women's Pole Vault. She won the event with a height of 3.85-meters/12-7.50 feet. Stephanie Nelson of Baker (Kan.) won the Women's Javelin with a throw of 45.57-meters/149-6 feet while Sharayah Kenady of Concordia (Ore.) captured the victory in the Women's Hammer Throw in the first event of the championship meet. Kenady won with a toss of 57.54-meters/188-9 feet.
Two men's national champions were crowned in field events. Darien Moore of Valley City State (N.D.) won the Men's Hammer Throw with a mark of 60.96-meters/200-0 feet while David Musson of Azusa Pacific took the crown in the Men's Javelin in a distance of 65.64-meters/215-4 feet.
After three events on the men's side, Wayland Baptist and Concordia (Ore.) are tied atop the standings with 16 points apiece.
Friday will witness 15 additional national championships being determined, including the Men's Decathlon and the Women's Heptathlon, which both got underway today.