May 10, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Sophomore Jenna Mann posted a new University of Wyoming all-time mark in the heptathlon and placed third at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday.
Mann scored 4,828 points in the heptathlon to finish third, just 32 points out of second place. San Diego State's Allison Reaser won the event with 5,653 points.
Mann's point total broke her own record and is second in UW history in the event. She became the first Cowgirl to finish in the top three in the conference heptathlon since Wyoming joined the Mountain West. Teammate Katy Hall, a junior, was sixth with 4,282 points, good for seventh in UW history.
With their finishes, Mann and Hall scored nine points for Wyoming to sit in second place out of eight teams.
Mann was third in the long jump with a leap of 18-1.75, and Hall finished seventh, hitting 16-1.75. The pair then took part in the javelin. Mann was third, 97-8; and Hall was fifth, 90-5. Mann earned a time of 2:27.18 (altitude-converted) in the 800-meter run to place third, while Hall was seventh, 2:33.99.
Douglass was first in the 110-meter hurdles with a blazing-fast mark of 14.38 seconds, while Sullivan wasn't too far behind in fourth (15.01). In the discus, Sullivan was seventh (92 feet, 7 inches) and Douglass was ninth with a throw of 83-0.
Douglass was fourth in the pole vault, 14-11; while Sullivan was ninth, 9-0.25. In the javelin, Douglass was sixth (145-4) and Sullivan was eighth, 132-10. The pair capped off the day as Sullivan was fifth, 5:01.00; and Douglass was seventh, 5:03.20.
"The kids put forth a giant effort today that resulted in four season- and personal-best scores," Wyoming multi-events coach Quincy Howe said. "There were ups and downs but they persevered and their effort was constant. Kudos to all of them and congratulations to Mann for earning All-Conference honors."
In the men's hammer, juniors Joe Plante and Mark Sparks were fifth and sixth, respectively. Plante's toss hit 181-1 and Sparks earned a mark of 177-5. Plante and Sparks scored 10 points for Wyoming, which was good for fifth place out of six teams.
Day Three of the MW Championships is Friday. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer, while track events start at 1 p.m. with the 3,000-meter steeplechase.