Feb. 26, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
As day one of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a close on Thursday, the University of Wyoming track and field teams' Jay Petsch and Britney Jackson had given their teams a good start with solid performances in the heptathlon and pentathlon.
Jackson finished the pentathlon in sixth place with her total of 3,306 points. She already owned the third best pentathlon score in UW history, and on Thursday Jackson improved on that score and moved into second place, trailing Patty Harrington by 34 points. She set personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles (9.23), 800-meter dash (2:38.39), shot put (29' 5.5"), and tied her personal best in the long jump (16' 8.5").
"Britney really did a nice job of finishing the pentathlon in the 800-meter dash. She really executed the game plan perfectly and moved up a spot after that race," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe. "She stumbled a little bit in the shot put and long jump but continues to improve with every competition. Give her one more year at this and she will be atop the UW list."
Petsch currently sits in fourth place with a total of 2,938 points and three events to finish tomorrow starting at 11 a.m.. The four events Petsch competed in Thursday included the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and the high jump. He improved on two personal bests in the 60-meter dash (7.08) and the high jump (6' 2.75").
"It was an all-around solid day for Jay with his two big personal bests," said Howe. "We need Jay to come out tomorrow and have a strong 60-meter hurdle time and minimize the gap in the pole vault. He should finish strong."
The rest of the Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete tomorrow with action beginning at 1 p.m. in the women's 20lb weight throw and men's long jump. The track events will kick off with the women's 5,000-meter run at 1:30 p.m.
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