May 12, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
In the first day of the Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, N. M., the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon went through five and four events respectively.
Senior Jay Petsch leads the men's decathlon with a total of 3,965 points, ahead of Richard York from New Mexico by 155 points. Petsch began the day by placing second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05 seconds. He finished first in the long jump with a distance of 23' 10" and earned third-place honors in the shot put 40' 2" matching his personal best. After winning the high jump with a mark of 6' 5.5", Petsch finished the day with a second-place performance in the 400-meter dash 49.41 seconds.
"I am very pleased with the way that Jay is competing and he had personal best's in both the high jump and shot put which is a nice suprise," said assistant coach Quincy Howe.
Junior Britney Jackson took to the track and field for the Cowgirls and is currently in ninth place with a total of 2,550 points, trailing senior Sandy Fortner of New Mexico who leads with a total of 3,456 points. Jackson had a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.21.
Petsch and the rest of the men will have five events left to finish on Thursday while the Jackson and the women have three events to complete.