UW's Multi-Event Athletes Finish Up Strong in Boulder

Jan. 23, 2010

BOULDER, Colo. -

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At the completion of the Potts Invitational on Saturday, which the University of Wyoming track and field teams used it as a warm-up for the multi-event athletes, senior Jay Petsch came away in second place.

Petsch was leading after the first day and four events but slipped to second place at the conclusion of the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. Petsch won the hurdle event with a time of 8.53, tied for third in the pole vault crossing the bar at 13' 5.25" and got fourth in the 1,000-meter run with a personal best time of 2:59.64. He scored a total of 4,974 points just 21 points shy of his personal best.

"Jay had a good weekend and unfortunately left quite a few points on the board," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe. "This is the only time we can get the kids a multi-event before they go to conference in late February so it was good to get them the experience."

Jay was joined by sophomore Henry Ferreira who finished the two-day heptathlon in fifth with a personal best 4,267 points. Henry competed well and finished the day strong with a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and fifth-place finish in the 1,000-meter run.

"Henry has a lot of potential and along with Jay left quite a few points on the board, but with time Henry will get there," said Howe. "We got exactly what we wanted to get out of this weekend and I couldn't be happier heading into the bulk of our schedule."

The next time the UW track team will hit the track will be January 30, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on the Air Force Academy.