May 11, 2006
PROVO, Utah -
Wyoming junior Phillip Thomas gave everything he had on Thursday as he finished up the decathlon at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Provo, Utah. He managed to finish fifth after the ten events with a point total of 6,485.
The junior started off the day in fourth place with five events remaining. His first event of the day was the 110-meter hurdles where he ran a personal best seventh place time of 16.29. Next was the discus where he placed fourth with a person best throw of 125' 9". In the pole vault, Thomas turned in another personal best mark of 11' 11-3/4" and then followed that up with a toss of 145' in the javelin. Both of these events, the Vacaville, Calif. native, finished in seventh place. The final event was the 1,500-meters and Thomas had a great chance to finish in fourth place. The Cowboy decathlete emptied his tank and ran a personal best time of 4:45.54 and a fifth place finish in the event.
After all the points were rewarded, Thomas fell just one point to Joel Nolan of the Air Force Academy. That is equivalent to hundredths of seconds in any race.
"Phillip did one heck of a job for us," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "He put everything he had on the line and got our men's team off to a good start."
The rest of the competition will begin tomorrow with the field events starting at 11 am and the track events beginning at 1 pm.