York Leading Heptathlon with Record Pace at MW Championships

Feb. 21, 2013

Men's Heptathlon Results | Women's Pentathlon Results | Schedule

NAMPA, Idaho — In his first heptathlon of 2013, Richard York broke the New Mexico record.

One heptathlon later, he might just do it again.

University of New Mexico track and field senior Richard York got off to a potentially record-breaking start in the men's heptathlon at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships Thursday, setting three new personal records during the first day of competition. Freshman Holly Van Grinsven also placed sixth in the women's pentathlon.

York, who is competing in his second heptathlon of the year, is firmly in the lead after the first four events. The St. Louis native has scored 3160 points through the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump, good for a 245-point advantage over second-place Roderick Townsend of Boise State.

To kick off action, York blazed to 7.06-second clocking in the 60 dash at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. That time, good for 833 points, was the fastest in the event and a new career best. York's previous best in the event was an altitude-converted time of 7.10.

In the second event, the long jump, York leaped 22 feet, nine inches to again take first in the event. He also added another 797 points to his tally, raising his mark through two events to 1680 points.

York also notched two more personal records in the last events of day one. He tossed 44-4 ½ in the shot put to nab 699 points and a third victory, while he cleared 6-6 ¾ in the high jump to earn 803 points and finish a quarter inch out of first.

His old PRs in the shot put and high jump were 42-8 and 6-5 ½, respectively.

York is also projecting to break his career best - which also doubles as the UNM record - in the heptathlon. With a score of 3160 through four events in Nampa, he's outpacing his old PR set three weeks ago at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, where he had 3114 points through four events and finished with 5538 points.

The heptathlon resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters.

On the women's side, freshman Holly Van Grinsven registered a new lifetime best and placed sixth out of 19 competitors.

Holly Van Grinsven took sixth in her first full pentathlon.

Van Grinsven, who completed her first collegiate pentathlon, started off hot as she raced to a third-place time of 8.84 in the 60 hurdles. Her time nabbed her 944 points.

She then notched two solid marks in the long jump and shot put, finishing 5 ¼ and 31-6 ¾, respectively. After three events, Van Grinsven scored 2104 points.

She followed that up with a PR-tying mark in the long jump, leaping 18 ¾ to place fifth overall and snag another 697 points.

In the last event, the 800, Van Grinsven dashed to a sixth-place time of 2:29.23, where she claimed 702 points to finish with 3503.

She now ranks fourth all-time in New Mexico history, a slot beneath Samantha Bowe, who also competed, but did not finish the pentathlon.

San Diego State claimed the top two finishes, as Allison Reaser edged out teammate Nicole Oudenaarden by two points, 3971 to 3969.