Decathlon Title Taken By Wyoming’s Kyle Sullivan
A steady and solid performance throughout led to Wyoming Cowboys junior Kyle Sullivan's victory in the men's decathlon Thursday at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Sullivan began day two of the competition in third place. He moved to first with a win in the opening event, the 110 hurdles, and took advantage of an opponent's mistake in the same event. He dropped to second after the discus, but moved back into the lead when the pole vault was completed. Then, Sullivan held the top spot through the javelin and 1500 meters.
Kyle Sullivan's final tally was 6,776 points over the two days and ten events. He finished 184 points in front of his nearest competitor.
It marked only the third time in school history that a Wyoming student-athlete has won the decathlon at the conference meet. Sullivan joined Gregg Sawyer in 1999 and Jay Novacek in 1984.
Sullivan's win, combined with freshman Caleb Seeton's seventh place finish, has the Cowboys in first place in the team standings. They have 12 points through two days of action.
Senior Jenna Mann joined Sullivan on the podium Thursday. She finished third in the women's heptathlon. Her total of 5,255 points was only three off the school record set by Kathy Romsa back in 1984.
Nicole Oudenaarden of San Diego State won the heptathlon competition with 5,697 points.
Mann's performance gave the Cowgirls six points, and they are in third place behind San Diego State and New Mexico in the team standings.
The main part of the competition begins at 11 a.m. today at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.