York Third in Decathlon, Bowe and Van Grinsven Score at MW Outdoor Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/15/2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of New Mexico’s track and field team opened up competition at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships with strong performances from their multi-event athletes in the heptathlon and the decathlon.

Richard York produced a third-place finish in the decathlon, and Samantha Bowe and Holly Van Grinsven tallied scoring efforts in the heptathlon on Memorial 8 Track at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

York claimed victories in seven of the 10 events, but was foiled in capturing his third MW decathlon title by a disqualification in the first event of the second day, the 110-meter hurdles.

Nonetheless, York still earned New Mexico six points in the Lobos’ bid to sweep the conference’s cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track titles for the program’s first ever “Triple Crown”.

York opened with three-straight wins, topping the field in the 100 (time of 10.92 seconds), the long jump (22 feet, 4 ½ inches) and the shot put (40-7).

After tying for third in the high jump with a clearance of 6-5 ½, York won his fourth event title of the opening day, seizing the 400 in 51.56.

He finished the day with a score of 3,798 points, 112 points better than second place.

However, York would relinquish the lead after being disqualified in the 110 hurdles. He was initially awarded with the seventh-best time in the event, but was later deemed to have hit the fifth hurdle.

He would finish the day with wins in three of the final four events: the discus throw (131-7), the javelin throw (203-2) and the 1500 (4:47.38). He was second in the pole vault (14-1 ¼) to round out his performance.

With his third-place finish, York is the only athlete in conference history to place top-three in four separate decathlons. He won the decathlon in 2010 and 2011 and was second in 2012. 

On the women’s side, Bowe and Van Grinsven also aided in the women’s quest for the “Triple Crown”, as they combined for eight points. Bowe took fourth in the heptathlon and Van Grinsven was sixth.

The duo opened the meet in the 100 hurdles, with Van Grinsven taking third (14.27) and Bowe seventh (14.69).

Bowe then recorded back-to-back runner-up finishes in the high jump (5-5 ¾) and the shot put (38-6), while Van Grinsven was eighth (4-11 ¾) and 10th (28-11 ¾), respectively.

They concluded the opening day in the 200, as Van Grinsven placed fifth (25.61) and Bowe ninth (26.45).

The second day saw Bowe continue to vie for a podium finish, as she placed fourth in the long jump (18-9) and fifth in the javelin (118-11). Van Grinsven was also competing for a scoring finish, with a seventh-place finish in the long jump (17-6 ¾) and a ninth-place finish in the javelin (99-1).

To wrap up competition, Van Grinsven took fifth (2:26.75) and Bowe 11th (2:44.03) in the 800.

Wyoming’s Kyle Sullivan got the host Cowboys off to a good start winning the decathlon as San Diego State swept the top-two finishes in the heptathlon behind Nicole Oudenaarden and Allison Reaser.

After the first day, the Lobo men are fourth with York’s six points, while the women are second with Bowe's and Van Grinsven's eight points.

The rest of the meet starts tomorrow with the women’s hammer throw at 11 a.m., and the women’s steeplechase at 1 p.m.  Keep up-to-date with results by visiting the MW's official website and check back tomorrow for an update on the Lobos’ progress.