SAN DIEGO -
Wyoming's Kyle Sullivan sits second in the men's decathlon after Wednesday's first day of the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The defending champion amassed 3,793 points through five events at the SDSU Sports Deck, while fellow Cowboy Wyatt Mirich is fourth in the decathlon and Cowgirl Sabina Sandberg is seventh in the heptathlon.
"Kyle was pretty consistent through today's events with three personal bests and two other really good performances," UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke said. "To do that and find yourself sitting second with this caliber of field is a pretty good feeling. This is Wyatt's third decathlon of his life and first one in 22 months, so he's going to have some ups and downs, but he was able to put together five good events today. Sabina didn't hit what she wanted in the high jump, but she came back and really put it together in the other events."
Sullivan notched personal bests in the first three events of the day to sit just 68 points shy of first. The senior from Powell, Wyo., was third after last year's first day, before rallying during the second day's five events. On Wednesday, Sullivan opened with an 11.15 in the 100 meters, 22-6 1/4 in the long jump and 42-10 1/4 in the shot put, all the best of his career. He concluded the day by clearing 6-4 1/4 in the high jump and running 51.09 in the 400 meters. Mirich, a native of Big Horn, Wyo., amassed 3,581 points for fourth in the field of 10. The junior had competed in just the long jump and high jump during the outdoor season, but notched a solid day on Wednesday. He ran 11.29 in the 100 meters, leapt a personal-best 22-3 1/2 in the long jump, threw 39-11 1/2 in the shot put, cleared 6-0 3/4 in the high jump and ended with a 51.82 in the 400 meters.
Sandberg earned 2,829 points for seventh in the field of 12, but is just 378 points out of second. The junior earned personal bests in three of Wednesday's four events. She ran 15.12 in the 100 meters, jumped 5-3 1/4 in the high jump, threw 33-9 1/2 in the shot put and ran 27.03 in the 200 meters.
The final five events of the decathlon begin Thursday at 1 p.m. MT with the 110-meter hurdles, while the last three events of the heptathlon start with the long jump at 1:30 p.m.