May 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore Evan McDowell and senior Lesly Torres wrapped up the second day of competition at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 9, in Las Vegas, Nev. Despite being hampered by injury in the final two events, McDowell placed fourth in the decathlon with 5,858 points.
McDowell had a strong start to the day, collecting a pair of career-best marks in his first three events. After finishing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71, the sophomore used personal-best marks to take third in both the discus throw (116'1") and pole vault (12'9½"). His toss in the discus was a personal improvement of over four feet, while his clearance in the pole vault with an improvement of six inches.
An injury during the warm-up of the javelin throw hampered his attempts (122'2", fifth) and kept him from finishing the 1500-meter run. Despite the injury, McDowell finished fourth in the decathlon with 5,858 points and collected five points for the Falcons in the meet's first event.
Colorado State swept the top three places in the decathlon, as Josh McMillan (6,873 points), Justin Green (6,772) and Josh Cogdill (6,721) finished first through third, respectively.
Torres wrapped up her multi-event career with a 10th-place tally of 4,620 points. That total, just 33 points shy of her personal best, included one career-best mark, as well as one season-best score. Torres collected ninth-place finishes in the long jump (17'1¼") and javelin throw (season-best 93'0"), before concluding the day with a 10th-place finish in the 800-meter run (career-best 2:33.77).
San Diego State's Allison Reaser became the first conference athlete to win three straight heptathlon titles, as she won the 2013 title with 5,612 points. Teammate Brittany Bozeman finished second with 5,221 points, while Wyoming's Jenna Mann rounded out the top three with 5,200 points.
The MW Outdoor Championships continue tomorrow (Friday, May 10) at Myron Partridge Stadium on the campus of UNLV. The women's 10,000-meter run kicks off the day at 8 a.m. (PST), while the first field event (women's discus throw) is slated to begin at 10 a.m.