Bowe Finishes Sixth, York Sitting in Second in Multi-Events at Nebraska

Feb. 1, 2013

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Cornhusker State might just be the Record-Breaking State for the Lobos.

University of New Mexico track and field athlete Samantha Bowe set a new personal record in the women's pentathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, while Lobo Richard York got off to a potentially record-breaking start in the men's heptathlon.

The pair, along with Holly Van Grinsven, headed to Lincoln, Neb., for their first multi-event competitions of the year. Bowe finished sixth in the pentathlon while York sat at second at the end of the first day of the heptathlon.

On the women's side, Bowe and Holly Van Grinsven opened strongly at Devaney Center Indoor Track, as they scored solid points in the 60-meter hurdles. Bowe notched a 9.06-second time for 897 points, while Van Grinsven, a skilled hurdler, posted an 8.90 time for 931 points.

The high jump also contributed considerable points for Bowe, a redshirt freshman from Albuquerque. She cleared a career-best height of 5-feet, 7-inches, which was good enough to scored 855 points and and a first-place tie in the event.

The next two events, the shot put and the long jump, also saw Bowe register top-five finishes. She launched a 37-8 toss in the shot put for fifth and 627 points, and followed that up with a 17-10 ¼ long jump to nab fourth and 683 points.

Bowe wrapped up competition with a 2:41.85 time in the 800-meter dash. That performance added 552 points to her tally of 3614, good enough to break her old record of 3482 points in the pentathlon. She continues to rank third all-time in New Mexico history.

For Van Grinsven, the field events were less kind. She managed 1676 points from the high jump, shot put and long jump. She finished with marks of 4-10 ½ in the high jump (610 points), 28-11 in the shot put (452) and 17 ¾ in the long jump (614). She did not compete in the 800.

Wisconsin's Deanna Latham won the pentathlon with a score of 4024.

In the men's heptathlon, York had a strong season debut, setting two new personal bests and just missing out on two more.

He kicked off competition with a 7.14 time in the 60 hurdles, earning 833 points. He missed a new lifetime best by 4 one-hundredths of a second (7.10).

The St. Louis native did record personal marks in the next two events. He leaped 23-5 ¼ in the long jump to gain 847 points, and threw 42-8 in the shot put for 667 points. His old bests were 23-4 ¾ and 40-7 ½, respectively.

He ended his day netting 767 points with a 6-5 clearance in the high jump, just a half-inch below his PR of 6-5 ½.

York is also projecting to break his career best, and the UNM record, in the heptathlon. With a score of 3114 through four events in Nebraska, he's outpacing his old PR, where he had 3077 points through four events.

Like in the pentathlon, Wisconsin has the leader, as Badger Japheth Cato tops the event with 3271 points.

The heptathlon will wrap up tomorrow with the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1000. The hurdles will commence at 9 a.m. MT.