Townsend, Ruggiero in Second and Eighth in MW Heptathlon

NAMPA, Idaho - The 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships began on Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Jackson Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. Roderick Townsend and Adam Ruggiero got things started for the Broncos, competing in the men's heptathlon on the first of three days of competition.

The pair participated in the four of the seven heptathlon events on Thursday with Townsend sitting in second overall with 2,915-points, a first-day best. Ruggiero holds an eighth-place position with a day one best of 2,625-points.

Townsend, a sophomore, had a solid opening day, winning one event and earning a personal-best time in another. He began the day with a lifetime best of 7.27-seconds in the 60-meters, placing third in the event. He went on to long jump 21-8 (6.60m) to place fourth, while holding tight to the third-place spot overall. He continued to hold the third-place position heading into the shot put where he threw 37-8 (11.48m) to place fifth in the event. The Stockton, Calif., native closed out the day with a win in the high jump, clearing 6-8 (2.03m) and moving to the second-place spot in the overall competition.

Ruggiero earned one second-place finish and a personal-best time all in one event, starting the competition with the runner-up title in the 60-meters (7.24-seconds). He went on to place sixth in the long jump with a mark of 21-2.75 (6.47m), followed by an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 31-8 (9.65m). The Lancaster, Calif., native jumped 6-0.75 (1.85m) to tie for sixth in the high jump to finish out the day.

The men's heptathlon field of eight competitors is led by New Mexico's Richard York (Sr.) who has totaled 3,160-points.

The women's pentathlon was the only other event contested on Thursday. The five-event competition was completed all in one day with San Diego State junior Allison Reaser winning her third-straight title.

Reaser's Aztecs totaled 23-points as a team in the pentathlon to lead the women's team race after one day of competition. Wyoming sits in second with six team points, while Nevada has five, New Mexico has three and UNLV has two points.

Competition of the MW Championships and the men's heptathlon continues on Friday, beginning with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 11 a.m. MST. Open field events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's high jump, while track events commence at 3:30 p.m. with the women's mile.

Tickets for a full day of events on Friday are $8 at the door for all ages and parking is free to the public.

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