COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of New Mexico track and field athlete Samantha Bowe registered a new personal record in the women’s pentathlon at the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, scoring 3,911 points.
The Albuquerque, N.M., junior registered career bests in two of the five events en route to taking fourth place overall and earning five points on the first day of the three-day championships.
Bowe opened the day with a sixth-place time of 8.87 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, earning 937 points. It’s one of her fastest times ever in the event, but left her in the middle of the 12-athlete event through one event.
However, she soared back into contention with a pair of second-place marks in the next two events, the high jump and the shot put.
In the high jump, Bowe tallied a clearance of 5 feet, 7 seven inches (1.70 meters), good enough for second in the event and 855 points. One event later, she tallied her first personal record of the day, posting a toss of 41-7 ¼ (12.68m) in the shot put to topple her previous best of 40-1 ¼ (12.22m).
Her shot-put mark added 706 points to her ledger, placing her in second through three events with 2,498 points.
She continued her PR-setting ways in the long jump, as well, uncorking a lifetime-best distance of 18-11 ¾ (5.78m) to place fourth. Her old best was 18-5 (5.61m).
Her long-jump result contributed 783 points to her tally, putting her in third with an event remaining.
In the final event, the 800, she clocked a 10th-place time of 2:35.13, meriting another 630 points to finish in fourth place with a total of 3,911 points.
She was narrowly edged by San Diego State’s Nicole Oudenaarden, who finished in third with 3,918 points. Utah State’s Chari Hawkins won with 4,173 points, while SDSU’s Allison Reaser was second (4,145 points).
The second day of the MW Championships starts at 11 a.m. MT with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. Field events start at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s weight throw, while track events commence at 1:30 p.m. with the qualifying round of the women’s mile.