April 27, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
University of Wyoming sophomore Jenna Mann had one of her most successful days Friday, as she turned in one of the best performances in school history for the Wyoming track and field program.
Mann's score of 4,720 points in the heptathlon in the Glenn Morris Multi-Event was the second-best score in the event in UW history. She finished second overall, trailing only Colorado's Brittany Lewis with 4,977 points.
Mann actually led the heptathlon after four events were completed Thursday. She finished off the competition Friday with the long jump (16-8.50), 101-5 in the javelin and an altitude-converted time of 2:35.64 in the 800-meter run.
Julia Popish, a freshman, was ninth in the heptathlon with 3,145 points. Her marks on Friday included 14-10.75 in the long jump, 53-9 in the javelin and (altitude-converted) 2:54.37 in the 800.
Freshman Kyle Sullivan was third in the decathlon with 5,006 points. He had a time of 15.76 second in the 110-meter hurdles. He hit 92 feet, 5 inches in the discus and 128-11 in the javelin.
Junior Brandon Douglass withdrew from competition in the decathlon.
At Jack Christiansen Invite - Fort Collins, Colo.
Junior Joe Plante was the top collegiate thrower in the discus Friday on Day One of the Jack Christiansen Invite. He threw a season-best 183-7, which is No. 21 in the nation and leads the Mountain West Conference. Freshman teammate Paul Thomas was second in the discus, 169-9.
Junior Mark Sparks was ninth in the hammer, hitting 174-11, while Plante was 10th in the same event, 173-10.
Senior Ashley Hutchinson set a personal record with a toss of 193-3 in the hammer. She was the top collegiate thrower in the event and her mark was fourth in UW history and currently is 39th in the nation. Freshman Shreese Daniels (165-7 ) and junior Mollie Dahl (164-4) were eighth and ninth in the hammer, respectively.
"Joe is making a move and getting his feel back, and Ashley is really coming on as well as the conference championships approach," Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett said.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete Saturday on Day Two of the Jack Christiansen Invite.