With the first day of action in the books at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, the Sam Houston State women lead the field at the Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala.

The Kats currently stand with 44 points and lead second place Abilene Christian by just three points.

“We usually don’t lead after the first day,” said head coach Dave Self, who is seeking his sixth women’s indoor championship. “We are in really good position heading into tomorrow with a lot of potential points still out there for us.”

The highlight of the day for the women was in the weight throw where Yarixza Rivera threw a personal best 62 feet, 11 ½ inches to take the gold. Halie Daniel also had a person best throw of 57-1 to finish 6th and score three points.

The Kats also took gold in the distance medley, with Camry Grigsby, Kodii ChurchJamie Eckford and Meaghen Seales outpacing SFA by nearly two seconds.

In the pentathlon, Courtney Lord broke the school record with 3,781 points giving her the silver medal. Baylee Lara was just behind her with 3,716 points and took fourth.

Also on the podium for the Kats on Wednesday was Tristan Allen who took third in the long jump.

The final day of action will get started for the women at 11 a.m. with the triple jump. Running finals will get started at noon.