TRACK & FIELD HAS ALL FOUR ATHLETES AMONG TOP SIX AFTER DAY ONE OF BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

TRACK & FIELD HAS ALL FOUR ATHLETES AMONG TOP SIX AFTER DAY ONE OF BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sacramento State junior Emilia Del Hoyo is in second place in the heptathlon and junior Frederick Wagner V is in fourth place in the decathlon following the first day of competition at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Tuesday.

Del Hoyo totaled 2,960 points in the first of seven events in the heptathlon. Her score places her 102 points behind Portland State' Kristen O'Handley for the individual lead. Del Hoyo began the day by running the 100-hurdles in 14.48 seconds which was fastest time among the 15 competitors. She then cleared 5-02.25 in the high jump and had a shot put of 34-09.75 which set her career high by a quarter-inch. The Manresa, Spain native wrapped up her day by completing the 200 in 26.35 seconds.

Freshman Sareena Patzke ranks sixth in the field in the hepathlon heading into the final three events. Patzke scored 2,814 points in her first four events and is only 35 points out of fourth place. She ran 15.04 in the 100-hurdles before clearing a career best tying 5-04.25 in the high jump. Patzke also set a career bests with a shot put of 30-04.75 and a 200 time of 26.59. The heptathlon will conclude on Wednesday with the long jump, javelin and 800.

Wagner made his Big Sky deacthlon debut and scored 3,636 to place him 248 points off the pace of Montana State;s Mason Storm. After running 11.27 in the 100, Wagner set career bests in the long jump (wind-aided 22-03.00), shot put (37-06.00) and high jump (5-11.25). He closed the first day by completing the 400 in 48.93 for the fastest time of the day.

Jette, who was the Big Sky decathlon champion a year ago, has 3,593 points at the midway point. He opened the day by running 11.57 in the 100. The senior then long jumped 21-06.25 before a shot put of 38-11.00. Jette made a significant move up the standings after clearing 6-05.00 in the high jump. That height was his season best and was just a half-inch off his career high. The Happy Valley, Ore., native ran 50.79 in the 400.

Wagner and Jette are part of five athletes who are within 300 points of one another at the top of the leaderboard. The quintet will battle tomorow in the 110-hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500.

The main program of the Big Sky Championships will start on Thursday and conclude on Friday.

HEPTATHLON STANDINGS
1. Kristen O'Handley, PSU - 3062
2. Emilia Del Hoyo, SAC - 2960
3. Ashley VanVleet, ISU - 2958
4. Jaree Mane, UM - 2849
5. Shayla Henderson, ISU - 2830
6. Sareena Patzke, SAC - 2814
7. Brianna VanVleet, ISU - 2801
8. Hannah Coburn, UM - 2790
9. Katie Baxter, PSU - 2724
10. McKenna McGrath, UNC - 2686
11. Jentry Skidmore, SUU - 2685
12. Jessica Linde, EWU - 2603
13. Jenna Dukovcic, UM - 2537
14. Jazmin Wilberg, MSU - 2461
15. Cierra Kohlman, EWU, 2160
          DECATHLON STANDINGS
1. Mason Storm, MSU - 3884
2. Donte Robinson, PSU - 3722
3. Josh Riley, UM - 3641
4. Frederick Wagner V, SAC - 3636
5. Max Jette, SAC - 3593
6. Quintin Porterfield, EWU, 3477
7. Caleb Neth, MSU - 3466
8. Grant Whitcutt, UM - 3334
9. Erik Ostrom, SUU - 3289
10. Caleb Whitney, WSU - 3252
11. James Rodeman, ISU - 3204
12. Morgan Eitel, UM - 3119
13. Forrest Wallace, EWU - 2997
14. Tim Ankenman, ISU - DNF
15. Josh Pillath, UND - DNF