Feb. 26, 2009
USAF Academy, Colo. - University of New Mexico sophomore Brian Wilson finished the first four events of the men's heptathlon in eighth place today as the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Air Force's Cadet Field House. Wilson will look to score the first of a potential program record number of points for the New Mexico men when he wraps up the final three events tomorrow.
Wilson put up a score of 2,465 today and is just 145 points out of sixth in his second collegiate heptathlon competition. The Estancia, N.M. product tallied 4,341 points in his first multi-event competition on Jan. 31.
After a slow start, Wilson put up solid numbers in the shot put (6th, 37' 9 1/4") and high jump (T-4th, 6' 1/2") to narrow the scoring gap.
The heptathlon concludes tomorrow with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run.
Friday will also feature finals for the weight throw, long jump, 5,000m, distance medley relay, women's pole vault, and men's high jump. Prelims for the 60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400, 800, and mile will be held as well.
On the women's side, junior Kelly Fortner scored a career-best 3,091 points - 162 out of eighth - to finish 12th in the pentathlon. Fortner began her career as a multi-event athlete, but hadn't competed in a multi since the 2007 MWC pentathlon. She moved the to pole vault exclusively in the fall of 2007.
Her identical twin sister Sandy was the 2008 MWC pentathlon and heptathlon champion, but is redshirting this winter while nursing a knee injury.