April 4, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Competing in the first four heptathlon events Thursday afternoon, junior Jenna Mann put together strong performances to lead the multi-event competition at the Air Force Relays in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mann leads the field with 3,065 points, well on her way to topping her career-best tally of 4,828 points, Wyoming's second best all-time mark. She earned first place in three of the four events, including the 100-meter hurdles (14.00, 979 points), 200-meter dash (25.62, 831 points) and shot put (33'-5.75", 543 points). The Bayview Crescent, Saskatchewan, native tied for third in the high jump for 712 points with a 5'-2.25," beating her former personal-best of 5'-1." Her shot put distance was also a career-best mark, while her 14 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles nearly beat her personal-best 13.95 from last year.
"Jenna had a great first day and earned a few personal-best marks," said Wyoming assistant coach Shaun Meinecke. "She's been improving over the past few weeks and she's at a good place for this point of the season. She's doing good things and training hard, so her progress is showing."
Freshman Sabina Sandberg is presently in seventh place with 2,598 points in her first career heptathlon. The Stockholm, Sweden, native tied for third with Mann in the high jump at 5'-2.25" for 712 points and placed ninth in the shot put at a distance of 31'-2" for 497 points. She also achieved 10th-place marks in the 100-meter hurdles (15.87, 730 points) and 200-meter dash (27.65, 659 points).
Fellow freshman Taylor Holz is in 12th place with 2,370 points in her first heptathlon as a Cowgirl. Her day was highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash as she ran a 26.61 for 745 points. The Potter, Neb., native placed 11th in the 100-meter hurdles (16.02, 712 points), 12th in the high jump (4'-6", 481 points) and 14th in the shot put (27'-10.75", 432 points).
"Sabina and Taylor are young but are competing well for being so early in their careers," Meinecke said. "They're building confidence for the end of this season and for the rest of their time at Wyoming. We're working on their speed and development and providing a good set up for the rest of the year. We're excited for what's in store for them."
Competing unattached, sophomore Kyle Sullivan represented the Cowboys in the decathlon and leads the field with 3,682 points ahead of Colorado State's Josh McMillan (3,432) and Josh Cogdill (3,339) after the first five events. He came in first place in the 100-meter dash (11.18), the long jump (22'-0.75") and the 400-meter dash (51.89), while earning respective second- and third-place marks in the shot put and high jump events.
Mann, Sandberg and Holz continue the heptathlon with the final three events slated for Friday morning at 11 a.m. Sullivan will resume the decathlon at the same time. Several other UW athletes begin open competition Saturday morning at 10 a.m.