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Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/14/2014
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OREM, Utah—Day one of the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships kicked off on Wednesday, featuring the first events of the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon. Idaho completed the first five events of the decathlon clumped together, ranking third through sixth. The women had four events scheduled, finishing fourth and eighth.

“I thought we had a great first day,” Director of Track & Field Wayne Phipps said. “We had a number of season bests and I am very happy with where we are placing now.”

Drew Thompson finished the day as Idaho’s top point getter. He stands in third with 3,407 points. The sophomore ran career-bests of 11.43 in the 100m and 52.40 in the 400m, placing him third in both events. Senior Tyler Bennett sits 142 points behind Thompson with 3,265. Bennett recorded season-bests with a shot put of 10.36M (34-00) and a distance of 6.51m (21-04.25) in the long jump. Sophomore Ian Middleton finished the day fifth in the standings with 3,226 points. He was Idaho’s top-finisher in the 400m with a second-place time of 50.52. Senior Colin Briggs rounded out the men’s standings for the Vandals. He finished the day in sixth with 3,218 points. Briggs was the top jumper for the Vandals, leaping a distance of 6.54m (21-05.50), good enough for third.

Senior Cait Rowland closed out day one of the heptathlon with 2,683 points, placing her fourth in the field of 10.  Rowland ran a season-best 25.79 in the 200m to finish the day. Freshman Taylor Sheppard sits eighth after the first four events with 2,428 points. Sheppard cleared a season-best 1.56m (5-01.25) in the high jump. She scored her second season-high mark of the day by recording a shot put of 9.27m (30-05).

Utah Valley’s Michael McPherson (4,092) and Jessica Lingwall (3,030) lead the respective standings entering day two. The meet will resume with the men’s 110m hurdles at 9 a.m. PT followed by the women at 9:30.

The first finals of the championship will take place tomorrow morning with the running of the women’s 10,000m.

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