SDSU's Oudenaarden And Wyoming's Sullivan Win Heptathlon And Decathlon

LARAMIE, Wyo. – San Diego State’s Nicole Oudenaarden won the women’s Heptathlon and Wyoming’s Kyle Sullivan the men’s Decathlon during Thursday’s action at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Oudenaarden finished with 5,697 points, the second-best total in Conference championship history, while Sullivan earned 6,776 points.

SDSU’s sophomore toppled fellow Aztec and the event’s three-time defending champion Allison Reaser thanks to victories in two of the day’s three events. Oudenaarden won the Long Jump with a leap of 19”-6.75’ and the Javelin Throw with a toss of 145’-1.00’’, while finishing third in the 800 Meters at 2:24. Reaser, a senior, was second in the Long Jump at 19’-4.25’’ and the 800 Meters in 2:23, while finishing fourth in the Javelin Throw at 120’-1.00’’ for a total of 5,530 points. Wyoming senior Jenna Mann claimed third overall by totaling 5,255 points.

New Mexico’s Samantha Bowe ended the day fourth with 4,988 points, Colorado State’s Jessica Green tallied 4,742 points for fifth and New Mexico’s Holly VanGrinsven was sixth with 4,742 points. UNLV’s Kylee Vandenberg won the other event of the day, finishing first in the 800 Meters in 2:22, to claim seventh overall at 4,690 points. San Diego State’s Karsen Sper (4,595 points), Colorado State’s Monica Franco (4,419), UNLV’s Juliet Summers (4,414) and Wyoming’s Sabina Sandberg (4,366) rounded out the 11-athlete field.

Sullivan, a junior, became the first Cowboy to win the event since 1999 with a solid overall day. He opened with a victory in the 110 Hurdles at 14.73, before finishing third in the Discus (115-7), the Pole Vault (13’-5.25”) and the Javelin (149’-8.00’’). He ended the day running 4:58 for fourth in the 1500 Meters. Colorado State junior Justin Green finished second overall at 6,592 points thanks to a victory in the Pole Vault at 15’-1.00’, while New Mexico senior Richard York won the day’s other three events to finish third with 6,569 points. He hit 131’-7.00’’ in the discus, 203’-2.00’’ in the Javelin Throw and ran 4:47 in the 1500 Meters.

Air Force’s Evan McDowell tallied 6,508 points for fourth, Boise State’s Roderick Townsend was fifth with 6,153 points and fellow Bronco Danny Verdieck was sixth at 5,379 points. Wyoming’s Caleb Seeton (5,264) and Colorado State’s Colton Grandbouche (4,716) rounded out the field.

The 2014 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin in earnest Friday with field events at 11 a.m. MT and running events at 1 p.m. MT.