Petsch Leads at MWC Championships After Day One of Decathlon

May 13, 2009

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After a windy start to the first day of the Mountain West Conference Championships on Wednesday afternoon in Laramie, University of Wyoming junior Jay Petsch sits in first place after five events of the men's decathlon, while sophomore Britney Jackson is in ninth of the women's heptathlon.

Petsch, who is competing in his first decathlon of the season, leads with a total of 3,671 points just 82 points ahead of BYU sophomore Meelis Kosk. Petsch began the day with his personal best in the 100-meter dash and won the event with a time of 11.00 seconds. He followed it up with two second place finishes in the long jump and shot put, while finishing third in the high jump. He closed out the day with another first place finish in the 400-meter dash with his time of 50.04 seconds.

"Overall it was a very good day," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe. "Jay performed very well and had five solid events. He had one personal best and was close on the three field events. Looking to tomorrow, if he performs well in the throwing events he will have a chance."

Jackson started the day out on the right foot as she came out of the blocks of the 100-meter hurdles faster than she has ever before, unfortunately she hit the fifth hurdle and fell to her knees. She got up and finished the race and then quickly regained her momentum as she finished in first place in the very next event, the high jump. Her jump of 5' 7.25" was her personal best and got her right back in the mix. With three events left to be completed tomorrow, the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800-meter run, she has plenty of time to make up ground as she scored a total of 2,117 points.

"Britney had a minor set back in the hurdles, but dusted herself off and had a first-class effort," said Howe. "That is a problem that you like to see with the hurdlers because it shows that they are improving and getting faster. It is just disappointing that it had to happen today at the conference championships."

Amy Menlove from BYU leads the way for the women as she is returning from winning the 2009 NCAA Indoor Pentathlon Championships and has a day one lead of 3,195 points.

Tomorrow's action will begin at noon with the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon starting at 12:30 p.m., at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Friday and Saturday will start the rest of the field and track events with action beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.