Feb. 27, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams started the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Championships at Cadet Field House with a fourth-place finish and school record from senior Jenna Mann in the pentathlon, while junior Kyle Sullivan sits third and freshman Caleb Seeton fifth after the first day of the heptathlon.
"The great thing about Jenna [Mann] is she is a fierce competitor and today she just went out there and competed," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "She fought in every event, but there was some tough competition out there. She scored 200 more points this year, but finished one place lower. Kyle [Sullivan] was very even in his mentality and approach to each even today and that's what you have to do to be successful in multi-events."
Mann set personal bests in two events during the day to tally 3,898 points and break her previous school record of 3,784. Her most impressive performance came in the shot put, as she notched a throw of 38-0 to break her previous best by more than a foot. She crossed the finish line in the 800 meters in 2:23.95 to lower her career best by two seconds. Mann also posted a mark of 18-7 1/4 in the long jump, just half an inch shy of her all-time best. She ran 8.53 in the 60-meter hurdles and cleared 5-3 1/4 in the high jump. Mann finished third in the pentathlon at last year's MW Indoor Championships with 3,681 points.
Sullivan set career marks in three of the day's four events to total 2,996 points through four events and sits just 170 points shy of first place with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters left on Friday. He started the day with a personal-best 7.22 in the 60 meters and followed a leap of 21-9 1/2 in the long jump to reach a personal best by 3 inches. He finished the day by clearing 6-6 3/4 in the high jump for another personal best. Sullivan finished fourth in the heptathlon at last year's indoor conference meet with a personal-best 4,994 points, a mark that stands fifth in Wyoming history.
Seeton amassed 2,733 points thanks in part to a personal best in the high jump at 5-11 1/2. He finished second in the 60 meters at 7.20, while leaping 20-5 3/4 in the long jump and throwing the shot put 40-4.
The three remaining heptathlon events start at 11 a.m. MT Friday, while track events begin at 11:40 a.m. MT.