The Utah Valley University women dominated the pentathlon on day one of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Idaho's Kibbie Dome on Wednesday. The Wolverine women took second, third, fourth and fifth in the event.
Senior Ali Shields led the way for UVU by placing second in the pentathlon with 3,234 points. Sophomores Ashli Schulz and Gately Garnett were next as they finished with an identical tally of 3,094 points. Schulz was awarded third place by winning more total events between the two while Garnett took home fourth-place honors. Freshman Mindy Stapel rounded out the quartet of top-five finishers for Utah Valley as she finished in fifth with 3,020 points.
Out of the five total events in the pentathlon, Shields won two of them to earn the second-place finish. Shields won titles in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.94 seconds as well as the long jump with a leap of 5.38m. Stapel was the lone other Wolverine to win an event in the pentathlon as she edged out her teammate senior Autumn Robertson in the high jump by clearing 1.64m.
With the Wolverines taking second through fifth in the event, the UVU women lead their first-ever WAC Indoor Championships with 23 points after the first day of competition.
In the lone other competition on Wednesday, sophomore Chandler Rieske, senior Michael Ashton and junior Ty Rosser sit in sixth, seventh and eighth places, respectively, after four events of the men's heptathlon. Rieske leads the trio of Wolverines with 2,404 points. The remaining three events of the heptathlon will take place on Thursday morning.
Wednesday's opening day of the conference championship meet featured only the multi-events. The 60m hurdles of the heptathlon will kick off Thursday at 10:30 a.m. PT.
Following the conclusion of the heptathlon, the field and running events will get going on Thursday afternoon. The men's weight throw will be the first throwing event of the WAC Indoor Championships at 1 p.m. The running events will then begin at 4 p.m. with the prelims of the women's 1-mile run. The majority of the final running events as well as a good chunk of field events will then take place on Friday. The meet is expected to conclude that afternoon with the running of the men's 4x400m relay at 3:45 p.m.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.