CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After a strong performance on the opening day of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships at Mackal Field House in Kingston, Rhode Island, six members of the Charlotte track and field team were named to all-conference squads. 

The Charlotte men’s and women’s teams are both in second place following the opening day.

The Dayton women are currently in first with 44 points, followed by Charlotte (27.5), Temple (26), Rhode Island (24), VCU (21.5), La Salle (16), Richmond (15), Saint Louis (15), Duquesne (13), Xavier (10.5), Massachusetts (9.5), Butler (6), Fordham (5), and Saint Joseph’s (1).

Rhode Island leads the men’s championship with 45 points, followed by Charlotte (38), Saint Joseph’s (19), Butler (18), VCU (17), La Salle (16), Massachusetts (12), Saint Louis (12), Xavier (12), Temple (1) and Fordham (1).

Cordell Livingston won the long jump with a conference-record leap of 24’5 and earned a spot on the All-Atlantic First Team. Livingston’s leap moves to fifth on the 49ers all-time list. Trey McRae also received All-Atlantic 10 honors after his third place jump of 23’0.75. Coye Still was fourth (22’11.75), 

Joann Blakney won the long jump (19’7.5) and Briauna Jones (19’6) was second. Blakney earned a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 First Team and Jones was on the Second Team.

Katrina Wright finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 54’09.25 and earned Third Team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Robert Wilson picked up a spot on the All-A10 third team with a third place finish in the pole vault (15’9). 

Jake Deaton (56’7.5) and John Celona (54’4) were sixth and seventh respectively in the weight throw. 

Highlighting Saturday’s preliminary action was sophomore Juanito Leto who won the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles and set a new A-10 championship record with a season-best time of 8.58 which ranks third on the Charlotte all-time list. The previous time was 8.60 and was set by Charlotte’s Ashley Bethune who won the title in 2012. Also advancing to finals in the 60m hurdles were freshman Alvonna Blakney who was second (8.68) and LeAnna Morrison was third (8.84).

Livingston and Joshua Dunston qualified for the 60m hurdles. Livingston finished first (8.12) and Dunston was sixth (8.40). 

Khyran Shank (6.85), LeRoy Rouse (6.90), and Anthony Bynum (6.92) took the top three spots in the 60m. Shank who leads the A-10 in the 60m set a conference championship record on Saturday. The previous record was 6.89 set by former 49er Sam Jordan last season.

Joann Blakney led a trio of 49ers in the opening round of the 60m. Blakney finished first with a time of 7.51, followed by Briauna Jones in third (7.61), and Chelsie Carlton in sixth (7.74).

T’Sheila Mungo won the 500m prelim with a time of 1:14.99. Blakney (25.03) and Mungo (25.07) were fourth and fifth respectively in the 200m. 

In the 400m, Chris Tate (49.51) and Brian Hamilton (49.72) were second and third respectively. In the 200m, Charlotte advanced three to the finals. Anthony Bynum finished second (21.73), Shank was third (21.97) and John Osborne was sixth (22.29). 

In the 800m, Maraya Slatter (2:17.37) and Rachel Miller (2:14.83) advanced to Sunday’s final round. Sean Kluttz (1:55.92) and Christian Norbye (1:55.26) also qualified for the 800m final in the prelims. 

Taylor Carcella finished fifth in the 1000m (2:56.63) prelims with a season-best time and will be the only Niner to represent Charlotte in the finals. Michael Tamayo was fourth and qualified for the 1000m final with a season-leading time of 2:29.25.

Day two of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships resumes tomorrow morning at 9:00 am at the Mackal Fieldhouse on the campus of Rhode Island.