May 10, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Brian Walsh of Air Force won the men's decathlon with 7,321 points, while Utah's Amanda Feigt won the women's heptathlon with 5,328 points at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Thursday at San Diego State's Sports Deck. Walsh's point total is the third-most in MWC Championship history and the league's fifth-best point total all-time.
For the men, Wyoming's Olav Roe was second with 7,222 points, BYU's Lance Walker (6,686 points) and Wyoming's Phillip Thomas (6,632 points) finished third and fourth, respectively, while BYU's Kevin Keys finished fifth (6,597 points).
Walsh, the leader after day one, held the lead through eight of the 10 events. He went into the last event of the decathlon, the 1,500 meter run, with a 71 point lead over Wyoming's Roe. He finished with a time of 4:44.81, scoring 650 points to secure the overall title. He won the pole vault and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles, javelin throw and 1500-meter run on his final day of competition.
In the women's heptathlon, San Diego State's Kristin Olafsdottir earned her second straight outdoor heptathlon runner-up finish with 5,220 points, while Colorado State's Emily Pearson finished third with 5,183 points, New Mexico's Sandy Fortner finished fourth with 5,087 points and CSU's Tonya Cure was fifth with 4,981 points. Feigt, who finished the first day of competition in third place, took a short overall lead following her first place finish in the long jump, the first event of the day. She earned 850 points with a mark of 19'-8.25" (6.00m), while first-day leader Emily Pearson earned 592 points with a jump of 16'-9.50" (5.12m) to fall to second place. Pearson regained the lead after the next event (javelin throw), earning 670 points with a toss of 131'-9.00" (40.15m), for a three point lead over Feigt heading into the final event of the competition (800m run). In the 800, Feigt clocked a time of 2:16.20 for a third-place finish and 876 points to jump ahead of Pearson, who finished 10th in the race, for the individual crown.
Air Force leads the men's field with 15 points, with Wyoming second (13 points), BYU third (10 points) and Colorado State fourth (one point). Colorado State and Utah are tied for the lead in the women's field after day two with 10 points apiece, followed by San Diego State (eight points), New Mexico (five points), BYU (four points) and TCU (two points).
The rest of the field gets underway on Friday as the field events start at Noon PT with the women's high jump. The men's steeplechase kicks off Friday's running events at 2 p.m. PT.