March 28, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
Junior Kyle Sullivan tallied a career-best 6,772 points to win the decathlon for the University of Wyoming track and field teams during Friday's action at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. Sullivan's total ranks seventh in Cowboy history and improves his best performance by over 700 points.
After setting four personal bests on Thursday, Sullivan followed with four more on Friday. He opened with 15.13 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, before notching career marks at 111-5 in the discus, 13-5 1/4 in the pole vault, 151-0 in the javelin and 4:51 in the 1,500 meters. Sullivan's previous best in the decathlon was 6,002 points in 2012, as he redshirted outdoors last season.
"What is exciting about Kyle's performance is he set outdoor PRs, but nothing was really jaw dropping," UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke said. "Everything was just solid all the way through and that was what we expected. That's kind of where we are right now. We are in heavy-volume training and showed there is still room for improvement. He will have plenty of time to hopefully drop jaws later."
Cowboy freshman Caleb Seeton battled through an injury to his right elbow to finish 13th with 5,275 points. He did several events left handed, but still managed to post solid marks of 15.57 in the 110-meter hurdles, 11-1 3/4 in the pole vault and 5:04 in the 1,500 meters.
Senior Jenna Mann had a solid heptathlon going through five events, before failing to post a mark in the javelin. Each of her three throws were ruled a foul due to not landing tip first. Mann previously notched a leap of 18-6 in the long jump, but did not finish the competition with the final event of 800 meters. Her total of 3,996 points put her 11th in the field.
"Today doesn't change our perception of where Jenna is at," Meinecke said. "It can be frustrating when judgment calls don't go your way, but that doesn't change the fact that if those had gone our way, she probably would have finished with 5,400 points today."
Wyoming's contingent of six student-athletes finish competition in Riverside tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. MT, while the rest of the teams compete at the Fum McGraw Quadrangular in Fort Collins, Colo., starting at 10 a.m. MT.