May 12, 2011
New Mexico sophomore Richard York brought home the Lobos' fourth Mountain West Conference outdoor decathlon title with 7,212 points. York also claimed the indoor decathlon title in February.
York edged out Air Force's Michael Tibbs to earn his second consecutive MWC Decathlon title. Hailing from St. Clair, Mo., York started the day by finishing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.27 seconds), sixth in the discus throw (97'-8.00" [29.76m]) and tied for second in the pole vault with a mark of 15'-1.75'' (4.62m). He followed those efforts by taking first in the javelin throw, recording a distance of 193'-10.00" (59.09m). York capped the second day of competition with a first-place performance in the 1,500-meter race, moving past the competition with a time of 4:46.58.
York is the first New Mexico athlete to win consecutive decathlon titles. The only other MWC athlete to do so was Curtis Pugsley of BYU who won the event in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
Tibbs earned runner-up honors with 7,017 points. The sophomore finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.26 seconds) and won the pole vault (15- 5.75" [4.72m]) on Thursday.
Brian Wilson of New Mexico (6,770) and CSU's Josh McMillin (6,587) earned third and fourth overall, respectively. Joshua Weirich finished fifth for BYU with a point total of 6,484, while fellow Cougar Phillip Bettis (6,297) finished in sixth place. New Mexico's Sam Porter (5,436) and CSU's Matt Collins (5,407) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
New Mexico leads the men's team competition with 18 points, Air Force (8) and BYU (7) are in third and fourth, respectively, while CSU (6) is in fifth place. Competition continues on Friday, starting with the women's hammer throw at 10 a.m. MT.