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 heptathlete Melissa Laycock and decathlete Bret Zowada completed their competition Thursday, day two, of the 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Laycock finished with 3,813 points to take tenth place while Zowada finished ninth with 5,940 points.
San Diego State's Leslie Miller successfully defended her Mountain West Conference heptathlon title scoring 5,602 points. Miller's teammate Shannon Meyer finished in second place with 5481. The Lady Aztecs recorded 21 team points to take the women's lead after day two.
Curtis Pugsley, a BYU junior, tallied 7110 points to easily win the men's decathlon. BYU now takes the overall team lead in the men's division with 21 points.
In Thursday's competition Laycock, a senior from Cheyenne, Wyo., recorded a mark of 16' 1" in the long jump, 63' 3" in the javelin throw and crossed the finish line in 2:34.39 in the 800 meter dash.
"She did a really good job today, her point total was a personal best in the heptathlon," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "She was up against some great competition and did a fine job."
Zowada, a sophomore from Burns, Wyo., finished the decathlon with a personal record 5,940 points. His best performance on Thursday was in the 1,500 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 real hard but just ran out of gas in the 1500 meters. I am real proud of both athletes, they competed very well today but just came up a bit short."
The 2003 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
continues Friday with qualifying heats and finals in eight field events and
four running events.