Jan. 24, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming multi-event athletes Jenna Mann and Kyle Sullivan had strong performances Thursday to open the first day of the Air Force Invitational at the Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sullivan is currently in fifth place in the heptathlon with 2,777 points, while Mann finished 30th in the pentathlon with 1,878 points. Sullivan set a personal record in the long jump and tied for a personal best in the 60-meter dash, while Mann earned a personal-best long jump distance to highlight the day.
"Kyle had a good day and competed well," said coach Bryan Berryhill. "Hopefully he can keep up the momentum and finish strong tomorrow. Jenna got tripped up in the hurdles and did not complete the event, so we used the remaining four events as practice and to give her experience against great competition."
In the 60-meter dash, Sullivan placed sixth at 7.40 seconds to tie his personal record and earn 759 points. He earned 697 points in the long jump with a third-place mark, jumping a distance of 21'4" and topping his old personal best of 21'0.75." In the shot put, he logged 616 points with a third-place distance of 39'10.75" and came in fourth in the high jump with a height of 6'2.50" for 705 points. Sullivan will compete in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run to complete the heptathlon Friday morning.
Mann achieved her personal-best long jump distance of 18'1.50," beating her former best of 17'4.75" by almost a foot for 706 points. She earned 551 points in the shot put with a distance of 33'10.75," and 621 points in the high jump at a height of 4'11.25."
Action resumes Friday at 9 a.m. to finish the heptathlon, while the regular track and field events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the weight throw. Friday's events close at approximately 7 p.m., with the meet ending Saturday with a full day of events running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A full schedule of events and statistics can be viewed at the above links.