Outdoor Track
Multi-Eventers Start Championship With A Bang

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The 2005 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship started today with the menís heptathlon and womenís pentathlon. Sophomore Katie Lloyd finished fourth in the pentathlon with 3,777 points, which is a career-high and less than 100 points shy of the school record of 3,855 by Nancy Mallory in 1979 and is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Sophomore Kevin Johnson is second with 2,967 points, trailing Air Forceís Caleb Pelger by just 21 points. BYU sophomore Amy Menlove won the pentathlon with a Mountain West record 4,172 points.

Senior Cristina Gourdin finished seventh with 3,547 points, while freshman Emily Pearson was right behind her with 3,384 points. Freshmen Niomi Ridge and Ashleigh Morton finished 12th and 13th, respectively, with 3,217 and 3,200 points.

Johnson is the lone Ram competitor in the heptathlon. In the first event of the day, Johnson was fifth after running a 7.26 in the 60 meters. He then won the long jump event after leaping 22-9.75 earning 802 points, which moved him into third in the standings. Johnson set a personal record in the shot put, throwing 41-3.75 to win the event and take over the lead after three events with 2,236 points. In the last event of the day, the high jump, Johnson cleared a personal-best 6-3.5 to tie for third in the event and score 731 points.

On the womenís side, Lloyd was fourth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.79, which is a personal best for her, while Pearson was seventh in 9.12, also a personal best and Gourdin and Ridge finished 12th and 13th, respectively in 9.32 and 9.38, respectively and Morton ran a 10.23, competing in her first pentathlon for Colorado State.

The second event on the womenís side, the high jump, saw Lloyd clear a personal best 5-8 to tie for second with 891 points, while Gourdin cleared an indoor best of 5-5.75 for 818 points, Morton and Ridge cleared personal bests at 5-2.25 for 712 points and Pearson also had a career-best by clearing 5-1 for 678 points. After the second event, Lloyd was third in the standings with 1845, while Gourdin, Pearson and Ridge were eighth through 10th, respectively and Morton ranked 16th.

In the womenís shot put, Lloyd finished fourth with a career-best throw of 38-2 earning 637 points, while Gourdin was sixth with a toss of 36-6.25 and Morton put the shot 36-2.25 to finish right behind her in seventh. Pearson finished 11th with a throw of 33-6.75 and Ridge was 15th after throwing 28-8.5. The standings after three events had Lloyd in second with 2,482 points, while Gourdin was in seventh place, Pearson was in ninth, Ridge in 11th and Morton in 12th.

The long jump saw Lloyd leap 18-0.5 to earn 700 points, while Morton jumped 17-4, Gourdin jumped 16-9.75, Pearson jumped a personal best 16-7.25 and Ridge had a jump of 16-1.5.

In the final event of the day, the 800 meters, Pearson ran 2:29.40, while Ridge ran a 2:30.19, Gourdin ran a 2:30.27, Lloyd ran a 2:38.09 and Morton ran a 2:38.99.

The menís heptathlon will conclude tomorrow, while the remainder of the meet will begin with qualifying heats in the sprints and hurdles and finals in some of the field and distance events.