Feltman Second After Four Events Of MWC Heptathlon
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/23/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 23, 2006


Final Pentathlon Results
Heptathlon\ Results\ \-\ Day\ One
Event\-by\-Event\ Results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- University of New Mexico senior Dan Feltman finds himself right in the middle of a dogfight for the men's heptathlon title after the first day of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships today at the Albuquerque Convention Center. With just 25 points separating the top four competitors, Feltman (3,002) trails Wyoming's Olav Roe (3,023) by 21. Top-seeded Brian Walsh of Air Force (3,001) and Colorado State's Kevin Johnson (2,998) are just off the pace with three events remaining tomorrow morning.

Feltman, the 2005 MWC Outdoor decathlon champion, took a brief five-point lead after the third event, recording a mark of 43-08.50 (3rd) in the shot put. He finished his day with a lifetime best leap of 6-03.25 in the high jump (T7th) and also had third place finishes in the long jump (22-07.75) and 60-meter dash (7.23). Feltman's previous best efforts in the high jump had been a leap of 6-feet indoors and 6-01.25 outdoors.

Roe won the shot put with a mark of 46-07.25 (741 points) and tied for second in the high jump (6-04.25 - 749 points) to take the lead. The heptathlon wraps up tomorrow with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. The first event begins at 10 a.m.

In the women's pentathlon, meanwhile, Lobo freshman Sandy Fortner gutted out a 12th place finish (3,045 points) after fouling on all three shot put attempts. The zero in the shot put derailed what had been a promising start by Fortner in her MWC Championships debut. After opening the day with a season-best time of 9.17 in the 60m hurdles (6th), she placed third in the high jump (5-03.75) to move into fifth place overall. Fortner fouled on her first two shot put attempts, then appeared to unleash a strong 35-foot toss on her last try before the red foul flag was raised, dropping her to 12th. Had the mark counted, she would have added roughly 575 points to her score.

Though out of the title chase, Fortner came back in the next event to long jump 18-05.75 (3rd), the best by a Lobo this year. She went on to finish with a season-best time of 2:31.61 (9th) in the 800 and would have likely finished fourth overall had her mark in the shot put been recorded.

Katie Lloyd became the first Colorado State woman to win the Mountain West Conference pentathlon title, holding on to defeat Utah's Amanda Feight 3,898-3,880. San Diego State freshman Kristin Olafsdottir finished third with a score 3,840 - a national record in her native Iceland.

Colorado State has an early lead in the women's team standings with 16 points, followed by BYU (9), Utah (8) and San Diego State (6).

Lloyd, the 2005 MWC Outdoor heptathlon champion, never trailed after winning the second event of the day, the high jump, with a leap of 5-06.00. She also finished second in both the shot put (39-07.25) and long jump (18-11.75), then withstood a strong charge from Feight and Olafsdottir in the 800 to take the 18-point victory. Lloyd broke a 26-year-old CSU record in the event as each of the top three finishers surpassed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the pentathlon.

Liis Berendsen (3,620) and JennaBree Tollestrup (3,587) of BYU finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while CSU's Emily Pearson was sixth (3,577). The Rams' Ashleigh Morton (7th - 3,492) and Tonya Cure (8th - 3,385) rounded out the scoring.