Bowe Places Fourth, Van Grinsven Seventh in MW Heptathlon

May 9, 2013

LAS VEGAS — One event in, and the Lobos are giving the Mountain West a run for its money.

Samantha Bowe and Holly Van Grinsven combined to score seven team points for the University of New Mexico in the women’s heptathlon on the second day of the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Las Vegas.

Bowe and Van Grinsven, a pair of multi-event athletes for New Mexico’s women’s track and field team, both set new personal record in the heptathlon and have put UNM in second place behind leader San Diego State after one event.

Bowe, a redshirt sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M., opened her first collegiate heptathlon with a solid showing in the 100-meter hurdles. Her 14.60-second time claimed fourth and gave her 895 points to kick off the seven-event heptathlon.

Bowe made a move up the leaderboard in the next event, the high jump, as she tied for first with a 5-foot, 5 ¾-inch mark. With another 818 points, Bowe sat in second through two events.

Bowe closed out the first day with a third-place mark in the shot put (37-7 ¾) and an eighth-place clocking in the 200 (25.94). With an additional 626 points from the shot put and 802 from the 200, Bowe sat in third place at the end of Wednesday with a score of 3141 points.  

Van Grinsven, a freshman from Brentwood, Tenn., also produced a strong effort on day one and started well in the 100 hurdles, tallying a seventh-place time of 14.95 to net 848 points.

She added another 678 points in the high jump (5-1) and 475 in the shot put (30 ¾) before finishing the day with 833 points from a fifth-place time of 25.59 in the 200. She closed the opening day in ninth place with 2834 points.

To start the second day, Bowe climbed back into second place overall with a second-place mark in long jump. Her personal-record leap of 18-7 ¼ added 750 points, increasing her total to 3891 points with two events remaining.

However, Bowe lost ground in the javelin, as her fifth-place toss of 99-8 only netted 484 points. Bowe did rebound with a 2:35.24 time in the 800, but could only tack on an extra 629 points to finish with 5004 points overall and a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon.

Van Grinsven also had success moving up to begin Thursday’s action. After finishing Wednesday in ninth place, Van Grinsven rose to seventh overall after taking fifth in long jump with a 17-11 ½ leap. She sat with 3525 points through five events, and was just three points out of sixth at the time.

Still, Van Grinsven struggled in the javelin as well, managing just 482 points with her toss of 99-3.

Like Bowe, Van Grinsven did rebound with a personal-best time of 2:23.57 in the 800. She added another 776 points to her ledger, which gave her a seventh-place total of 4783 points.

Nonetheless, both set new career bests in the heptathlon and broke into the record books at UNM. Bowe’s 5004-point total now ranks fourth-best all-time at New Mexico, while Van Grinsven’s 4783-point total is seventh-best.

The duo also combined to give New Mexico seven team points through the first event at the MW Championships. That total is good for second behind nationally ranked San Diego State’s 22 points.

SDSU took the top two finishers, as Allison Reaser (5612 points) became the first-ever three-time Mountain West heptathlon champion and Brittany Bozeman (5221) finished second.

The bulk of the meet starts tomorrow with the women’s 10000 at 8 a.m., and the women’s discus at 10 a.m.  Keep up-to-date with results by visiting the MW's official website and check back tomorrow for an update on the Lobos progress.