May 10, 2006
Colorado State junior Kevin Johnson leads the decathlon at the Mountain West Conference Championship after the first day with 3,783 points, while junior Katie Lloyd is in second place in the heptathlon, trailing by just four points.
Sophomore Emily Pearson is in fourth place, sophomore Tonya Cure is in seventh and sophomore Ashleigh Morton is in 11th after the conclusion of day one.
Johnson started the competition with a season-best time of 11.33 in the 100 meters. He then had the best long jump of the day, leaping 23-1.75. He finished second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 43-1.5, cleared 6-2.75 in the high jump and then finished the day with a season-best time of 50.81 in the 400 meters. Johnson leads the decathlon by 102 points over junior Brian Walsh from the Air Force Academy.
Lloyd has 3,186 points after day one, trailing freshman Kristin Olaffsdottir of San Diego State by just four points. Lloyd ran a 14.34 in the 100 meter hurdles to start the day, then won the high jump portion of the competition, clearing 5-7. She also won the shot put, throwing 37-11.5 and ended the day with a season-best time of 26.35.
Pearson finished right behind Lloyd with a 14.35 in the 100 hurdles. She then cleared a personal best 5-3.25 in the high jump, threw 34-11.25 in the shot put and concluded day one with a time of 25.14 in the 200 meters to tally 3,122 points.
Cure tallied 2,854 points on day one after running a 15.39 in the 100 hurdles, cleared 5-5.75 in the high jump, threw 30-5.5 in the shot put and ran a season-best time of 26.39 in the 200 meters.
Morton has 2,052 points. She began the day with a 15.86 in the 100 hurdles, then stumbled -- failing to clear a height in the high jump. She bounced back with a second place finish in the shot put, throwing 37-8.5 and finished the day with a time of 27.23 in the 200 meters, just .01 off her season-best time.
The heptathlon and decathlon competition will conclude tomorrow and qualifying rounds in the track events and field events will begin on Friday morning with the conclusion of the Mountain West Championship on Saturday.