May 15, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming freshman Bret Zowada finished day one of the grueling decathlon event in fourth-place on the first day of competition at the 2002 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Zowada, from Lusk, Wyo., finished the first five events with 3,341 points. New Mexico's Mark Johnson leads the decathlon with 3,555 points.
Zowada, who was seeded seventh out of seven athletes going into the MWC Championships, recorded personal bests in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.28 and high jump event with a mark of 6-4 3/4 placing first and second respectively. He also placed fifth in the 400-meter dash (52.46) and seventh in the shot put (27-4). Zowada was disqualified in the long jump but still managed to score 693 points based on his jump of 21-3 1/4, which was the third-best jump of the day.
"Bret's off to a very good start," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "He's really starting to come around in this event. Hopefully he'll finish things off with a very strong second day."
The second and final day of the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon will conclude on Thursday. The rest of the Wyoming track and field team will begin competition on Friday.