Feb. 26, 2004
Men\'s\ Heptathlon\ Results\ \(through\ four\ events\)
COLORADO STATE, Colo. -
Sophomore Suzanne Nguyen finished eighth in the pentathlon to get the University of New Mexico on the scoreboard today at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. New Mexico's Dan Feltman and Mark Johnson, meanwhile, finished the first day of heptathlon competition in third and seventh place, respectively. Feltman trails the leader, Devin Scoresby of BYU, by 235 points with three events remaining.
After a 13th place finish in 2003, Nguyen moved up five spots in the 12-woman field with a career-best 2,972 points, just 46 out of seventh. The former Sandia High School standout recorded season bests in three of five events and finished fifth in the high jump (5-01.75). Teammates Steffanie Setliff and Bridgid Isworth finished right behind Nguyen in ninth and tenth, respectively. Setliff, a true freshman, recorded a personal-best score of 2,840 in her second pentathlon of the season, while the surprising Isworth tallied 2,743 points in her first career multi-event competition. The MWC indoor pole vault champion last year, Isworth had been experimenting with several events this winter as she worked her vaulting.
On the men's side, Feltman used a first place effort in the shot put (43-06.00) to finish the first day of the heptathlon with a four-event total of 2,876. The Deming, N.M. native recorded season-bests in three events, including mark of 21-11.75 to place third in the long jump. Johnson, a two-time all-MWC honoree in the pentathlon, capped his day on a high note with a season-best mark of 6-03.25 to finish fourth in the high jump. The senior tallied 2,691 points on the day, just 85 points out of fourth place. Sophomore Rodney Hocker, meanwhile, scored 2,463 points (11th) in the first day of his heptathlon debut. The competition concludes with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meter run tomorrow morning.