Senior Jessica Rowland captured a title in the hammer throw as the Oilers track squads completed the first day of the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship on Thursday, May 23 in Pueblo, Colo.
Rowland, who was the top-seed in the hammer throw, won the event with a heave of 62.85 meters as she bested the competition by nine feet to become the Oilers first national champion on the women's side since NCAA Division II hall of fame member Kirby Blackley won two titles in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles in 2008.
The Bowling Green, Ohio native will look to continue her success during the next two days as she will compete in the discus and shot put at the championship event.
Sophomore Pam Showman also competed for the women on the first day of competition and is currently in tenth place in the heptathlon with 3,022 points.
Senior Derrick Vicars led the men's team on day one, taking fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 60.96 meters.
Senior Tim Sanders took seventh in the preliminary round of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.02 and will now move to the finals, which are scheduled to take place on Saturday.