Day One of the MWC Track and Field Championships Underway

Feb. 28, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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    In day one of the Mountain West Conference Championships the heptathlon got a head start on the rest of the field and began competition. Sophomore Jay Petsch is currently in eighth place as the lone heptathlete for the Pokes.

    The first event of the day was the 60-meter dash in which Petsch placed fourth with a time of 7.22, a personal best and 806 points to start off the day.

    The long jump followed, where Petsch placed sixth with a leap of 20' 7" and 646 more points to add to his total.

    The third event was the shot put in which Petsch set his personal best with a toss of 36'4". After three events, the first-time heptathlete was sitting in fifth place with a total of 2,002 points.

    The final event of the day was the high jump, where Petsch slipped to eighth overall with 2,538 points going into the final three events tomorrow.

    "Jay (Petsch) really started off well but faltered off towards the end of the day," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe. "I am very proud of the way he competed today, and I look for him to gain some confidence and some big points in the 60-meter hurdles tomorrow."

    The final three events tomorrow to complete the heptathlon will be the 60-meter hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000-meter run.

    The field events start tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., while the track events begin at 1:30 p.m., for the rest of the athletes. There will be qualifying for the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, 1-mile run, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, and the 200-meter dash with the finals taking place on Saturday. Finals that will be completed tomorrow will be the weight throw, pole vault, long jump, and high jump for both men's and women's.