Zowada And Laycock Finish Decathlon And Heptathlon At 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track And Field Championships

May 15, 2003

Albuquerque, N.M. - University of Wyoming heptathleteMelissa Laycock and decathlete Bret Zowada completed their competitionThursday, day two, of the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track andField Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Laycock finished with 3,813 pointsto take tenth place while Zowada finished ninth with 5,940 points.

San Diego State's Leslie Miller successfully defended her Mountain WestConference heptathlon title scoring 5,602 points. Miller's teammate ShannonMeyer finished in second place with 5481. The Lady Aztecs recorded 21 teampoints to take the women's lead after day two.

Curtis Pugsley, a BYU junior, tallied 7110 points to easily win the men'sdecathlon. BYU now takes the overall team lead in the men's division with 21points.

In Thursday's competition Laycock, a senior from Cheyenne, Wyo., recorded amark of 16' 1" in the long jump, 63' 3" in the javelin throw and crossed thefinish line in 2:34.39 in the 800 meter dash.

"She did a really good job today, her point total was a personal best inthe heptathlon," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "She was upagainst some great competition and did a fine job."

Zowada, a sophomore from Burns, Wyo., finished the decathlon with apersonal record 5,940 points. His best performance on Thursday was in the1,500 meter run in which he placed fifth with a time of 5:21.29.

"Bret's goal was to top 6,000 points," commented Yentes. "He fought realhard but just ran out of gas in the 1500 meters. I am real proud of bothathletes, they competed very well today but just came up a bit short."

The 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championshipscontinues Friday with qualifying heats and finals in eight field events andfour running events.