May 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Wyoming multi-event athletes Jenna Mann and Sabina Sandberg came out strong in the first four heptathlon events to open the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday afternoon at UNLV's Partridge Stadium in Las Vegas.
Mann is currently in second place with 3,176 points while Sandberg is in 10th place with 2,810 after the first day. San Diego State's Allison Reaser earned the top spot with 3,380 points with one more day of combined events to go.
"I thought Jenna and Sabina came out and did their best, which is all we can ask of them," said Wyoming assistant coach Shaun Meinecke. "They looked strong in several events and it is always nice to earn personal bests. What's most important now is that they get a good night's rest so they come out ready to finish strong tomorrow and get as many points as possible."
Mann, a Bayview Crescent, Saskatchewan, native, earned two career-best marks and tied another en route to her second-place standing. After placing second in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.92 seconds (990 points), the junior tied a personal-best 5'-2.25" in the high jump to place sixth and 712 points. In the shot put, she achieved a personal-best 35'-6.75" for fifth place and 585 points before placing second in the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 24.98 and earning 889 points.
Her previous best shot put was a 34'-0.50," while her former best in the 200-meter was a 25.50 from earlier this season. She will look to overcome the top spot in the multi-events Thursday and achieve a new personal-best point tally, which is presently 5,074 from the Mt. SAC Relays three weeks ago.
Sandberg earned three new personal bests Wednesday afternoon to go with a first-place finish in the high jump. The Stockholm, Sweden, native placed 12th in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.39 seconds for 791 points before her first-place mark in the high jump at 5'-5.75" for 818 points. In the shot put, she achieved a ninth-place distance of 32'-4.25," topping her prior best of 31'-2," for 520 points. Sandberg ended the meet with a 27.37 in the 200-meter dash, giving her 681 points and beating her previous personal-best time of 27.65.
Mann and Sandberg resume the heptathlon Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. to finish the combined events with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run.
Friday's open competition begins at 9 a.m. with the track events and the field events are slated for 11 a.m. Saturday's action begins at 9 a.m. with the running events while the field events resume at 10 a.m. with the hammer throw. The awards ceremony is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. that day to conclude the meet.
Jenna Mann - Heptathlon (Wed-Thu), 100m hurdles
Sabina Sandberg - Heptathlon (Wed-Thu), high jump
Abi Bever - 3000m steeplechase, 5000m run
McKenzie Brogan - 400m dash, 4x400
Mollie Dahl - Shot put
Shreese Daniels - Hammer throw
Devon England - 10.000m run
Taylor Gardner - 400m hurdles, 4x100, 4x400
Sam Kee - 400m dash, 4x100, 4x400
Andrea Klimowski - 3000m steeplechase
Diana Long - 400m hurdles, 4x400
Cody Milbourn - Hammer throw
Maggie Ochsner - 100m hurdles
Holly Page - 5000m run, 10,000m run
Kereston Thomas - 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100
Audrey West - 100m dash, 4x100
Candace Wollert - 800m run
Michael Banks - 3000m steeplechase, 5000m run
Amos Bowen - 5000m run, 10,000m run
Scott Carter -Triple jump
Brandon Douglass - 110m hurdles, 4x100
Harrison Einspahr - 100m dash, 200m dash
Nick Ekel - 5000m run, 10,000m run
Henry Ferreira - Javelin throw
Mark Flegel - 110m hurdles
Colin Herold - 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x400
Lenyn Leonce - Long jump, 4x100
Lance Loken - 400m dash, 4x400
Stephen Michel - 100m dash, long jump, triple jump, 4x100
Joe Plante - Shot put, discus, hammer
Aaron Praska - 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x400
Jason Roascio - 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100, 4x400
Mike Seas - 3000m steeplechase
Mark Sparks - Discus, hammer throw
Jaymes Talkington - Triple jump
Paul Thomas - Discus throw