Morton Sits in Fourth After WAC Heptathlon Day One

HONOLULU, Hawai'i -The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway Tuesday afternoon, with Boise State's Alexi Morton representing the Broncos well in the first day of the women's heptathlon.

Morton, who was the only Bronco competing on the opening day of the four-day meet, ended her first of two days of the heptathlon in fourth-place. Morton earned a total of 3,115-points over the four events, heading into day two of the seven-event competition just eight points behind Utah State's Chari Hawkins (3,123).

Nevada's April Pate leads the 12-woman field with 3,277-points, while Louisiana Tech's Jesseka Jones sits in second-place with 3,250-points.

Morton had a solid first-day of competition, earning two personal best marks in the process. The Auburn, Wash., native opened her day by clocking a 14.63 time in the 100-meter hurdles, placing fourth in the event.

The freshman went on to earn a lifetime best of 5-7 in the high jump, placing second in the event and bettering her previous best by two-inches.

Morton, who was the 2011 WAC Indoor Pentathlon (five events) Champion, put together a near-best performance in the shot put, placing sixth in the event with a mark of 34-7. She closed out her day with a career-best 200-meter time of 25.92, finishing the event in fifth.

Although Morton sits in fourth-place overall heading into day two, she still has a chance to chase down the leader with only 162-points separating the two spots. Wednesday's events begin at 1:30 p.m. as the 12 athletes compete in the long jump, javelin and 800-meters.

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