Mann and Sulivan 3rd after day 1 of MW Championships

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 14, 2014) – Junior Kyle Sullivan and senior Jenna Mann sit third in the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, respectively, after Wednesday’s first day of the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sullivan amassed 3,590 points through five events on Memorial 8 Track at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, while Mann captured 3,201 points.

“To look at the first-day results and see all four of our athletes in a position to score is great,” UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke said. “That’s what we hope for in first days and especially at this meet. We aren’t so much worried about personal best, but just want our kids to compete. Considering the conditions today, we got out of today what we hoped we would.”

Sullivan captured personal bests in two events during the day, running 11.23 in the 100 meters and clearing 6-5 1/2 in the high jump. He also finished second in the 400 meters at 52.61. Freshman Caleb Seeton started the day strong with personal bests in the first three events. He ran 11.19 in the 100 meters, notched 22-4 1/2 in the long jump and threw 35-1 3/4 in the shot put. Seeton faltered in the last two events, though, to sit sixth in the field after the first day with 3,249 points.

Mann earned just one PR on Wednesday, a throw of 36-2 3/4 in the shot put, but had a solid overall day. She ran 13.70 in the 100-meter hurdles and 25.08 in the 200 meters to sit just 26 points behind second place. Sophomore Sabina Sandberg started with a personal-best 15.35 in the 100-meter hurdles, but finished the first day in 11th with 2,640 points.

The final five events of the decathlon being Thursday at noon MT with the 110-meter hurdles, while the last three events of the heptathlon start with the long jump at 12:30 p.m. MT.

*Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations