Petsch Finishes Decathlon in Fourth After Day Two of MWC Championships

May 14, 2009

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As day two of competition of the Mountain West Conference Championships came to a close Thursday in Laramie, University of Wyoming junior Jay Petsch slipped to fourth place in the men's decathlon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

Cowgirl sophomore Britney Jackson competed in the women's heptathlon and finished in ninth after seven events. Jackson completed the day with 3,235 points in her first ever heptathlon event. She came out of the day with two personal bests in the long jump (17' 1.5") and in the javelin throw (73' 3").

"Britney is a sophomore that has never competed in the heptathlon before and with another year of training and experience she will improve on all her times and events," said assistant coach Quincy Howe. "She has plenty of up-side and talent that we just need to continue to improve on. We are looking forward to her competing on Saturday in the high jump event."

Petsch, a junior from Mesa, Ariz., finished the day with a total of 6,453 points which is good for ninth all-time in UW history. During today's action he had two third place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (15.21) to start out the day and in the pole vault (13' 3.5"). He finished out the day with a long, grueling 1,500-meter run that dropped him from second place to fourth.

"Jay was two-tenths of a second away from third place overall," said Howe. "Jay had two solid days of competition and will be right there again next year as he continues to gain confidence in all the events."

Skyler Morgan of the Air Force Academy came away with the men's title with a total of 6,750 points while Amy Menlove from BYU was the winner for the women, with a regional qualifying mark of 5,325 points.

The men's team scores after the second day of action has Air Force leading with a total of 18 points, while BYU, Wyoming and New Mexico round out the field with 10, five and three points respectively.

On the women's side, BYU leads with a total of 15 points, while CSU is close on their heels with nine points. TCU, Air Force and UNLV are in third, fourth and fifth, respectively with eight, six and one point.

Tomorrow's action will bring many more competitors and many more events. The women's hammer throw will kick off the day beginning at 11 a.m., while the track events will be starting at 1 p.m. with the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase.