Feb. 21, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Wyoming multi-athletes Jenna Mann, Sabina Sandberg and Kyle Sullivan opened the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships strong for the program with top finishes in several events Thursday afternoon in Boise, Idaho.
Mann broke her own all-time UW school-best pentathlon score with a 3,681-point total, beating her former tally of 3,566 set earlier in the season. With a third-place finish, she earned six points for the team as she achieved personal-best marks in the high jump (5'-1.25") and shot put (35'-3.75"). After placing second in the 60-meter hurdles (1010 points) with an 8.53 and fourth in the long jump (723 points), her high jump beat a previous best of 5'0.75" and her shot put topped a former best of 34'10.50" from the Husker Invite earlier in the year.
Sandberg also had a strong performance as she placed 11th in the field with 3,358 points, the third-best pentathlon mark in school history just behind Britney Jackson's total of 3,388 from the 2010 season. Out of the five events, she earned personal-best marks in four, including the 60-meter hurdles (9.21), shot put (31'-4.75"), long jump (16'-7") and the 800-meter run (2:35.78). Her 60-meter hurdle time beat a 9.35 from the Husker Invite, and her shot put beat a 30'2.75" also from the Husker meet. The long jump and 800-meter run were her career firsts at UW. She placed second in the high jump at 5'-5" for 795 points toward her total.
"I'm happy for Jenna breaking her own mark and for a great finish," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "The past few weeks she has been progressing very well toward this meet and her hard work is paying off. Sabina also looked good in several events and showed us some of the things she'll be able to do for the program in the future."
Sullivan is currently third in the men's heptathlon with 2,820 points with three events remaining for Friday morning. The Powell, Wyo., native achieved three personal bests for the day, including a second-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 42'-8.25" and beating his former best of 42'-1.25."
He also placed fourth (782 points) in the 60-meter dash with a 7.29, topping his 7.36 best from the Air Force Invite last month. In the long jump, Sullivan earned a 21'-4.25" for fifth place and 700 points, beating his previous best of 21'-4" for the event. He came in sixth place in the high jump with a height of 6'-0.75" for 670 points to finish the day.
"Kyle is off to a great start," Berryhill said. "He's worked hard on his shot put and jumps, so it's rewarding for him to earn a few more personal bests. Hopefully, he can take care of business tomorrow and keep working toward career-best marks."
Sullivan will complete the heptathlon Friday morning at 11 a.m. with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run before the open field events (1 p.m.) and track events (3:30 p.m.) commence. The men's distance medley concludes Friday's events at 7:25 p.m.
Saturday's field events are scheduled for an 11 a.m. start with the men's high jump, while the track events begin with the women's mile run at 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated for 3:45 p.m. to conclude the championships.