Feb. 25, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls had a record performance on the first day of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on Thursday.
Junior Britney Jackson completed the women's pentathlon with a final score of 3,388 points, a new school record for the Cowgirls. She overcame Patty Harrington's score of 3,340 set back in 1986. Jackson's performance today was enough to score her a point for the Cowgirls with an eighth place finish.
"Britney competed very well today, and was in one of the strongest pentathlon fields ever," said assistant coach Quincy Howe. "There are three individuals who have qualified for nationals in the field and Britney did a good job."
As for the men, senior Jay Petsch is competing in his last heptathlon for the Cowboys and after the first day sits in third place with a total 2,818 points. Today he finished first in the long jump with a jump of 23' 1.75". There are three events left for Petsch that will be the pole vault, the 60-meter hurdles and the 1,000-meter run.
"Jay had a solid day and now he controls his own destiny tomorrow but has a very realistic shot at placing in the top of the group," said Howe.
Tomorrow will bring the rest of the field to action with many prelims in the track events and finals in a few of the field events.