May 9, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Two University of Wyoming student-athletes began the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on a strong note Wednesday as junior Brandon Douglass and sophomore Jenna Mann began competition in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively.
Mann finished the day in fourth place out of eight competitors with 2,940 points, while Douglass was fifth with 3,564 points. Both the decathlon and heptathlon are two-day events.
Joining Mann in the heptathlon was junior Katy Hall, who was sixth with 2,692 points at the end of four events. Allison Reaser of San Diego State led all competitors with 3,355 points.
Mann was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.40 seconds, while Hall was fourth in the event, 14.62. Mann was sixth in the high jump (4 feet, 11.75 inches) and Hall was eighth, 4-6. In the shot put portion of the event, Mann tossed it 33-0.25, placing fifth, while Hall was eighth with a throw of 30-10.25.
The duo capped off the day's action with the 200-meter dash, an event in which Mann was second (25.52) and Hall was third, 25.64.
Along with Douglass, freshman Kyle Sullivan also took part in the decathlon, finishing eighth of nine competitors with 3,489 points after five events. Boise State's Kurt Felix was first with 4,201 points.
Douglass earned three personal records and started the day by finishing second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.15 seconds. Sullivan, who posted four personal records, was seventh with a mark of 11.45 seconds. The duo followed that up with long jump, as Douglass was fourth, 22-1.50; and Sullivan was ninth, 21-0.50. Sullivan was fifth in the shot put (37-10.50) and Douglass was sixth, 37-1.
Sullivan was fifth in the high jump (6-4) and Douglass was ninth, 5-10. The pair finished off the day with the 400-meter dash, in which Douglass was fourth (50.09) and Sullivan was ninth, 51.88.
"It was a solid day for the multi-eventers," Wyoming coach Quincy Howe said. "The group had very steady days and have positioned themselves very well for good scores tomorrow."
The multi-event participants will conclude Thursday, as the women will take part in the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run, starting at 12:30 p.m. The men finish things up with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run, beginning at noon.