May 14, 2014
Day 1 Results
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University juniors Michael McPherson and Jessica Lingwall are leading the way for the Wolverines after the first day of action at the 2014 WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships as they currently lead the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon, respectively, at the midway point.
McPherson, who came into the conference meet ranked 22nd in the nation in the decathlon, is atop the leaderboard at the Championships with 4,092 points after five events while Lingwall leads the heptathlon with 3,030 points after four events. UVU actually holds four of the top five spots in the heptathlon as fellow Wolverines Ali Shields, Mindy Stapel and Ashli Schulz currently sit in second, third and fifth places, respectively, after Wednesday's action.
"Both the men and women looked fantastic as we are leading the decathlon as well as the heptathlon. We are specifically looking good in the heptathlon and some of the kids still have their best events to come tomorrow," head coach Scott Houle said. "Mike McPherson and Jessica Lingwall both had outstanding days today and we're excited with how things are going."
McPherson is 521 points ahead of his next closest competitor in the decathlon after he won four of the five events that he competed in on the day. The Wolverine junior began Wednesday's competition by winning the 100-meter dash with a lifetime best time of 10.65 seconds. He then followed that up with a victory in the long jump (7.45m or 24'-05.50"), another one in the high jump (2.00m or 6'-06.75") and finished the day with a win in the 400m dash (47.80). McPherson also placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 10.38m or 34'-00.75".
Lingwall is leading the heptathlon after winning three of the four events in the competition on the day. Lingwall took home titles in the high jump (1.62m or 5'-03.75"), the shot put (10.71m or 35'-01.75") and the 200m dash (25.59). The UVU junior also took second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.85 seconds.
With their outstanding opening days, McPherson and Lingwall both recorded personal day one records in their respective multi event.
The senior Shields finds herself in second place in the heptathlon with 2,897 points, while Stapel is in third (2,714) and Schulz sits in fifth (2,665). Shields was the lone other Wolverine to win an event on the day as she took home the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.77 seconds. Shields also recorded personal records in both the 200m and the shot put, and in fact all four Wolverine women put up a collegiate PRs in the 200m dash on the day.
Chandler Rieske was the lone other Wolverine to compete on Wednesday and he currently sits in seventh place in the men's decathlon with 3,014 points.
The WAC Outdoor Championships will continue on Thursday with the conclusion of the decathlon and heptathlon as well as both the men's and women's 10,000m runs. The conference meet will then feature a number preliminaries as well as finals on Friday and the Championships will conclude on Saturday.
The Championships are being contested at the Hal Wing Track & Field in Orem and are the first-ever WAC Championship to be contested on the campus of UVU.