March 27, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
Junior Kyle Sullivan leads the decathlon and senior Jenna Mann is second in the heptathlon for the University of Wyoming track and field teams at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic at the UCR Track & Field Stadium. Sullivan racked up 3,610 points during Thursday's five events, while Mann earned 3,255 points in four events.
"One of our big focuses is keeping an even keel," UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke said. "We want to use the excitement from one event to another, but also monitor yourself. Two days of a roller coaster can be exhausting. So to have Kyle leading and Jenna second in our season opener against this caliber of competition is great. We've been training for four weeks, so it's good to see what we've learned and where we are at."
Sullivan paced the field of 16 competitors thanks to four personal bests during the day. He started with the 100 meters in 11.40 and posted a mark of 21-3 1/4 in the long jump, both his best performances during his outdoor career. He followed with a personal-best 39-11 1/2 in the shot put, 6-3 1/2 in the high jump and concluded the day with a personal-best 50.42 in the 400 meters. Wyoming freshman Caleb Seeton sits 12th in the field with 3,037 points. His day was highlighted by an 11.38 in the 100 meters and 20-11 3/4 in the long jump.
"This is exactly what we expected out of Kyle," Meinecke said. "It's the first meet of the season so we know points are going to come in different ways. We are not going to be locked in on every event, but now we know where we need to go back and practice. Same with Caleb. We knew he wasn't going to do every event to the max, but he is just getting used to the decathlon."
Mann trails only returning All-American Shaye Springall of Southern Utah in the 14 heptathlon competitors. She opened with a 13.97 in the 100-meter hurdles, before clearing a personal-best 5-6 in the high jump. The mark tied for eight in Wyoming outdoor history. She finished the day at 35-1 3/4 in the shot put and 25.23 in the 200 meters.
"Jenna did a very good job of setting goals for herself coming into this competition," Meinecke said. "She has an overall goal, but also expectations in certain events. She knows what she can do and how to go about it."
The decathlon concludes with five events starting at noon MT tomorrow, while the heptathlon's final three events begin at 1 p.m. MT.