SDSU's Oudenaarden, UNM's York Lead Heptathlon And Decathlon
LARAMIE, Wyo. – San Diego State’s Nicole Oudenaarden and New Mexico’s Richard York lead the women’s Heptathlon and men’s Decathlon, respectively, after Wednesday’s first day of competition at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Oudenaarden racked up 3,339 points on Memorial 8 Track at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, while York earned 3,798 points.
Oudenaarden, a sophomore, tallied her point total thanks to wins in two of the day’s four events. She won the High Jump by clearing 5’-7.00’’ and the Shot Put with a throw of 41’-7.25”. Fellow Aztec Allison Reaser is the three-time defending champion in the event and sits in second-place with 3,327 points after winning Wednesday’s two other events. The senior won the 100 Hurdles in 13.41 and the 200 Meters at 23.32. Wyoming senior Jenna Mann finished second in two events during the day to sit third overall with 3,201 points.
New Mexico’s Samantha Bowe is fourth thanks to 3,102 points, Colorado State’s Jessica Green is fifth with 2,911 points and New Mexico’s Holly VanGrinsven sits sixth at 2,870 points. San Diego State’s Karsen Sper (2,802 points), Colorado State’s Monica Franco (2,755), UNLV’s Juliet Summers (2,716), UNLV’s Kylee Vandenberg (2,711) and Wyoming’s Sabina Sandberg (2,640) round out the 11-athlete field.
On the men’s side, York rolled through the competition to build a lead of more than 100 points thanks to wins in four of Wednesday’s five events. The senior, who won the Decathlon in 2011, paced the eight-man field in the 100 Meters in 10.92, the Long Jump at 22’-4.50’’, the Shot Put at 40’-7.00’’ and the 400 Meters in 51.56. Boise State junior Roderick Townsend won the other event of the day by clearing 6’-9.00’’ in the High Jump. He also finished second in the Shot Put with a toss of 39’-7.75’’ to sit second overall with 3,686 points. Wyoming sophomore Kyle Sullivan rounds out the top three with 3,590 points.
Colorado State’s Justin Green amassed 3,463 points for fourth, Air Force’s Evan McDowell is fifth with 3,422 points and Wyoming’s Caleb Seeton sits sixth at 3,249 points. Colorado State’s Colton Grandbouche (3,206) and Boise State’s Danny Verdieck (3,040) wrapped up the field after the first day.
The final five events of the Decathlon begin tomorrow at noon MT with the 110 Hurdles, while the last three events of the Heptathlon start with the Long Jump at 12:30 p.m. MT.