Sullivan Finishes Third in MW Decathlon

May 14, 2015


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Wyoming's Kyle Sullivan concluded the decathlon with a personal-best 6,949 points on Thursday at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships to place third in the event. Junior Wyatt Mirich was sixth with 6,384 points to give the Cowboys nine team points after the multi-events, while junior Sabina Sandberg earned a personal-best point total in the heptathlon.

"We walked out today with three personal bests, so that's really all you can ask for," UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke said. "Everyone stayed in the competition today pretty well mentally, especially considering the changing weather conditions. We had our down events, but came back with PRs in the next event."

Sullivan was the defending champion in the decathlon and was well in the hunt for a repeat throughout many of Thursday's final five events. The senior opened the day with a personal-best 14.44 in the 110-meter hurdles, the eighth fastest time in Cowboy history in the event, and followed with a personal-best 121-8 in the discus. Windy and rainy conditions contributed to Sullivan clearing just 10-11 3/4 in the pole vault, though. The native of Powell, Wyo. bounced back with a personal-best 154-11 in the javelin and concluded the day with a time of 4:46 in the 1,500 meters, as his final point total moved him to sixth in Cowboy history in the decathlon.

Mirich, a native of Big Horn, Wyo., was solid again on the second day of the decathlon to record a personal-best point total. The junior finished just 108 points away from Wyoming's all-time top 10 in just the third decathlon of his life. He ran 16.20 in the 110-meter hurdles, threw 120-4 in the discus and cleared 11-7 3/4 in the pole vault, before finishing at 124-5 in the javelin and 4:55 in the 1,500 meters.

Sandberg placed ninth in the heptathlon with a personal-best 4,681 points, which keeps her fifth in Cowgirl history in the event. She improved her PR by 199 points during Thursday's final three events. She notched a mark of 17-9 3/4 in the long jump, 113-8 in the javelin and ended with a personal-best 2:37 in the 800 meters.

Friday's field events start at 10:30 a.m. MT, while running events commence at 4 p.m.