Feb. 5, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico senior Sandy Fortner recorded a strong NCAA provisional qualifying score of 3,913 to finish second in the pentathlon tonight on the first day of the New Mexico Classic and Combined Events. Fortner used a dominant performance in the shot put, followed by a stellar long jump to record the second-highest pentathlon score of her career. It was her first pentathlon since finishing 12th in the five-event competition at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Fort Sumner, N.M. product overcame a bit of a sluggish start in the 60-meter hurdles (8.82) and high jump (5-03.00) and claimed the lead after unleashing a throw of 44-08.75 (13.63m) to win the shot. She followed that up with a leap of 19-04.25 (5.90m) in the long jump. Both marks were her best ever in a pentathlon.
Texas Tech's Kelsey Lloyd, who won the long jump with a mark of 19-07.50 (5.98m), used a strong 800 performance to edge Fortner for the overall title. Lloyd finished with a score of 3,989 as both women moved closer towards possible berths in the NCAA Championships.
Meanwhile, Lobo freshman Richard York finished the first day of heptathlon competition in third place (second among collegians) with a score of 2,884. York opened the day with an outstanding time of 7.15 in the 60 meters, followed by strong marks of 22-08.50 (6.92m) in the long jump and 6-04.75 (1.95m) in the high jump.
The meet resumes tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.