Feb. 21, 2013
NAMPA, Idaho - Highlighted by the fourth-best pentathlon total in Academy history from sophomore Kendra Smith, three members of the Air Force track and field team concluded the first day of competition at the Mountain West Indoor Championships today (Feb. 21) in Nampa, Idaho.
Senior Lesly Torres finished ninth in the pentathlon with 3,425 points (a tally just 13 points shy of her career-best), while Smith placed 12th with a personal-best total of 3,317 points. In just her second collegiate pentathlon, Smith added over 230 points to her total and vaulted from ninth to fourth in the program's all-time standings.
Torres tallied a pair of personal-best marks on the day, en route to her ninth-place overall finish. She added over two feet to her distance in the shot put (34'5") to finish eighth and cut nearly seven seconds off of her time in the 800-meter run (2:36.19) to finish 14th. Her best placement of the day came in the high jump, as she finished fourth with a clearance of 5'3". She also placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (season-best 9.14) and ninth in the long jump (16'11½").
Smith collected career-best marks in four of the five events, including huge improvements in the shot put and 800-meter run. The sophomore added nearly three feet to her distance in the shot put (35'9½") and cut over seven seconds in the 800-meter run (2:35.14) to finish sixth and 11th, respectively, in those events. She also tallied personal-best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (9.32, 13th) and long jump (16'5¾", 15th), while adding a clearance of 5'1 ¼" in the high jump to finish ninth.
San Diego State's Allison Reaser won her third straight MW pentathlon title, as she edged out teammate Nicole Oudenaarden 3971-3969 in the final event. Wyoming's Jenna Mann rounded out the top three finishes with 3,681 points.
After the first four events of the men's heptathlon, sophomore Evan McDowell is currently in fourth (and just one points shy of third) with 2,819 points ... the best first-day total of his career.
McDowell's best finish of the day came in the long jump, as he finished second with a career-best distance of 22'1½". He also finished third in the high jump (6'4¼"), while picking up a pair of sixth-place marks in the 60-meter dash (career-best 7.33) and shot put (36'2¼").
The sophomore returns to Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center tomorrow (Feb. 22) at 11 a.m., for the final three events of the heptathlon. The field events of the MW Indoor Championships get underway at 11 a.m., while the first running event is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.