What you need to know:

* Georgia State claimed three first-place finishes on Day 1 of the Emory Classic Friday.

* LaPorscha Wells won the hammer throw with a new Georgia State record of 61.25m.

* Competition continues all day Saturday at Emory in Atlanta.


ATLANTA - Going up against 33 schools, three Panthers claimed first place in their respective events Friday on Day 1 of the two-day Emory Classic. LaPorscha Wells won the hammer throw with a new school record of 61.25m.

Wells broke her own school record Friday with a hammer throw of 61.25m, passing her old personal best of 61.02m. Wells was one of three Panthers to win events on Friday and multiple other Panthers earned top-3 finishes on what was an impressive first day at Emory.

Lauren Sims won the javelin throw with a distance of 38.00m, besting the second-place athlete by more than two meters. Nylah Chavis recorded a jump of 1.70m to claim first place in the high jump as well.

Georgia State earned second place in the long jump with Ashlan Rosier’s jump of 5.52m. Tracy Dorcemont finished third in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.77m. Melanie Hamilt narrowly missed a top-3 finish in the 10,000m, coming in fourth with a time of 41.11.17.

The Emory Classic continues with events all day at Emory. Live results can be found at the attached link.

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