Utah State's Hawkins, Colorado State's Cogdill Win Heptathlon And Decathlon At 2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Utah State’s Chari Hawkins won the women’s Heptathlon and Colorado State’s Josh Cogdill captured the men’s Decathlon on Thursday at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championship at SDSU Sports Deck. Hawkins finished with 5,622 points, while Cogdill earned 7,294 points. Both totals were the fifth-highest in Championship history.

Hawkins started her afternoon by winning the Long Jump with her first attempt, leaping 20’-0.25’’. The jump was the only one she needed as she deferred on her final two attempts. Thirty minutes later, the senior came in third place in the Javelin with a toss of 121’-2.00’’, and ended the event with an 800 Meters time of 2:34.26, which was good for sixth place.

Colorado State’s Jessica Green fell shy of winning the Heptathlon, moving up one spot after Wednesday’s action to finish in second place with 5,350 points. The junior posted third-place efforts in the Long Jump (18’-5.25’’) and 800 Meters (2:19.87), which sandwiched a fourth-place performance in the Javelin (118’7.00’’).

Nicole Wadden of Nevada also climbed one spot from Wednesday to finish in third place (5,317) to earn the Wolf Pack six team points. New Mexico’s Samantha Bowe, who was in second place after four events, slipped to fourth at the end of the day, recording 5,115 points. Jade Childs of San José State registered a top-5 effort with 4,985 points.

UNLV’s Kylee Vandenberg (4,921), Kyra Mohns of UNM and CSU’s Monica Franco finished in sixth, seventh and eighth place, respectively, to earn points for their respective squads. Sabina Sandberg of Wyoming (4,681), USU’s Amber Thompson (4,023) and Sarah Haydock of San Diego State (3,645) completed the field.

Cogdill posted a top-4 finish in all five events despite rain halting the Pole Vault and competing in constant rain for the remainder of the Decathlon (Javelin, 1500 Meters). The sophomore began the afternoon by finishing in second place in the 110 Hurdles after completing the race in 14.84. Wyoming’s Kyle Sullivan won the competition with a time of 14.44. Cogdill picked up his third victory over the course of two days when he outdistanced the field with a toss of 133’-5.00’’ in the Discus. He closed the day with a fourth-place effort in the Pole Vault (13’-3.50’’), a runner-up performance in the Javelin (168’-2.00’’) and a third-place finish in the 1500 Meters (4:45.19).

Cogdill’s teammate, Justin Green, moved up one spot from Wednesday to finish in second place with a point total of 7,151. The Ram started his day by finishing in third place in both the 110 Hurdles (14.88) and the Discus (126’-8.00’’) before ultimately winning the Pole Vault after clearing 15’-3.00’’. He later went on to place fifth in the Javelin (142’-11.00”) and fourth in the 1500 Meters (4:45.38).

Sullivan ended up finishing in third place with 6,949 points and was ahead of Daniel Lam of New Mexico (6,844) and Landry Cogburn of CSU (6,548), who came in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Wyoming’s Wyatt Mirich (6,384; 6th), Tyler Berson of Air Force (6,118; 7th) and CSU’s Nick Kravec (6,000; 8th) rounded out the scoring. Beau Clifton of New Mexico was ninth with 5,786 points.

The 2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships continue Friday with the men’s Hammer at 9:30 a.m. PT and the women’s Hammer at 11 a.m. PT. Both will be contested at UC San Diego. The action at SDSU Sports Deck will commence at Noon PT with the women’s Long Jump.