Feb. 21, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
NAMPA, Idaho - The Colorado State track & field team took their talents to Idaho Thursday for the beginning of the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships. Only athletes participating in the men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon performed Thursday. Freshman Monica Franco earned CSU's best finish in the heptathlon, placing 13th. Colorado State senior Josh McMillin sits in fifth place after the first five events of the heptathlon to lead the way on the men's side.
Franco earned 3,305 points in the pentathlon, CSU's highest individual total for the 2013 indoor season. She jumped 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump portion of the event, which was good for 830 points and best in the field of fellow Mountain West competitors. She also clocked in at 9.47 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and 2:40.93 in the 800-meter run. She tossed 31-11.25 in the shot put and jumped 16-8.75 in the long jump.
Teammates Jessica Green, Jessi Macedo, and Cate Brus finished in places 14 through 16 after Franco, in order. Green recorded 3,243 points, a season best. Macedo posted a score of 3,226 points and Brus scored 3,091 points. Brus jumped 5-3.75 in the high jump, which was among the best marks in the field. Macedo jumped 17-4.25 in the long jump, among Colorado State's best women's high jump marks this season.
In the heptathlon, senior Ram Josh McMillin currently holds fifth place after the completion of four events. Freshman Josh Cogdill sits in sixth place and sophomore Justin Green holds seventh after the first day of action. McMillin has scored 2,716 points so far, while Cogdill trails just behind him at 2,711. Green has posted 2,702 points. With three events left to go, heptathlon leader Richard York is still well within reach at 3,160 points.
McMillin's impressive shot put throw of 41-4.25 was among the furthest tosses on the day, while Cogdill's high jump of 6-4.25 was tied for the third highest in the field. Green's long jump of 21-11.75 was the third best in the field.
Men's heptathlon participants will run the 60-meter hurdles and 1,000-meter run Friday as well as complete the pole vault to round out the heptathlon. Friday's action begins with the completion of the heptathlon at 11 a.m. MT. Field events start at 1 p.m. with the women's long jump, while track events start at 3:30 p.m. with the qualifying round of the women's mile run.
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