May 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO - University of New Mexico sophomore Sandy Fortner moved up a spot from a year ago to finish fourth in the heptathlon on Thursday afternoon at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Fortner surpassed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the first time this season a two-day total of 5,087 points. Utah senior Amanda Feight won the competition with a score of 5,328.
Fortner, who was second through four events, got off to a slow start on day two with a mark of 16' 4 ¾" (5.42m) in the long jump. The Fort Sumner, N.M. product was well off her career best of 19' 2 ¾" in the event.
She turned in a solid effort in the javelin, however, with a mark of 102' 7" (31.26m) and finished the day with a career-best time of 2:23.32 in the 800 meters.
Fortner finished less than 100 points out of third place and a spot on the all-MWC team. Colorado State junior Emily Pearson was third with 5,183 points while San Diego State sophomore Kristin Olafsdottir was second (5,220).