BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The Weber State women's team sits in second place and the men's team sits in fifth place after the first day of the 2013 Big Sky Conference indoor track and field championships Friday in Bozeman, Mont.
The 'Cats captured one title each on the men's and women's side in Friday's action.
After six scored events the Wildcat women's team totaled 34 points to rank second behind Idaho State, who totaled 40 points.
The best event of the day for the Wildcats was the women's 5,000 meters where the 'Cats finished first and second and totaled 18 points. Sarah Callister repeated as Big Sky champion in the event, posting a time of 17:06.38. It marked her ninth career Big Sky title in indoor and outdoor track. Senior Taylor Thornley finished second at 17:15.56 to earn eight points.
Katy Hufford finished second in the long jump with a career best mark of 19-1.50 to earn eight points for the Wildcats.
The WSU distance medley team also came in second at 12:10.24 with Jamie Stokes, Katy Hufford, Lindsey McFarland, and Laken Hintze running the event.
In the preliminaries of the running events Jerica Wilson qualified for the finals in the 400 meters, posting a time of 56.12 and Ashley Kealamakia qualified in the 800 meters.
On the men's side, Weber State totaled 22.5 points after six scored events. The host Montana State Bobcats sit in first place with 55 points, followed by Northern Arizona, Sacramento State and Montana.
The highlight of the day for the Wildcats was the performance of senior Cylor Morgan who won the conference title in the long jump with a career best mark of 24-9.75. That mark is the second best in Weber State indoor history and currently ranks as the 15th best in the nation this season.
Morgan earned 10 points for winning the event and freshman Logan Leavitt picked up two more points for the Wildcats by finishing seventh in the long jump with a mark of 22-8.
Weber State also scored points in the distance medley as the team of Kurt Ward, Cylor Morgan, Zach Schweinsberg and Trevor Ricks finished second overall with a time of 10:0675.
Mike Staker came in seventh overall in the high jump with a mark of 6-04.75 to earn two more points and Tyler Burns earned half a point for finishing in a tie for eighth in the event, also at 6-04.75.
The 'Cats also had several student-athletes qualify for the finals. Three qualified in the 400 meters led by Dustin Durfee who posted the top time of 48.12. Matt White had the third fastest time at 48.42 and Josh Peterson also qualified.
White also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters. Stetson Smith qualified in the 800 meters and Synjohn Lilly qualified in the 55 meter dash.
There will be finals in 22 events on the final day of the meet Saturday. Live video of the meet is available at bigskytv.org.