OLIVETTI FINISHES THIRD IN PENTATHLON; ANDERSON FOURTH IN HEPTATHLON AFTER DAY ONE OF WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

             BOISE, Idaho The Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships kicked off Thursday with four events from the men’s heptathlon and the entire women’s pentathlon at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa. Boise State’s Megan Olivetti led the Bronco women with a third-place finish in the pentathlon. Steve Anderson holds the top heptathlon spot for Boise State, sitting in fourth-place after day-one.

            Olivetti used top finishes in the 60-meter hurdles (8.67) and the 800m (2:22.64) to keep pace with the rest of the field. She finished the event with 3600 points. Freshman Brooke Demers was Boise State’s next best finisher, placing ninth with 3120 points. Demers’ top finish came in the high jump where she placed third with a mark of 5-03.75 (1.62m). The pentathlon was won by Annett Wichmann of Hawaii with 4034 points.  

Steve Anderson finished Thursday in fourth-place of the men’s heptathlon with 2844 points. The men competed in four events; the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump. He had the top shot put of the day (41-00.50/12.51m) and the second best high jump mark (6-06.25/1.99m). Boise State senior Eric Demers is in eighth-place with 2670 going into the second day of competition. Demers finished just behind Anderson in the shot put with a second-place throw of 39-07.00 (12.06m). Utah State’s John Strang is leading the men’s heptathlon with 3180 points.

The men will conclude the last three heptathlon events (60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m) Friday at 11 a.m. The rest of the WAC Championship meet will begin at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow and will run through Saturday night. For live updates visit http://wac.org/itf/2009/index.htm?SPSID=45939&SPID=4118&DB_OEM_ID=10100.


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