FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Emilia Del Hoyo finished in third place of the pentathlon and Max Jette and Frederick Wagner V are in third and fourth in the heptathlon during the first day of the 2018 Big Sky Conference Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, presented by Red Lion Hotels.
Del Hoyo scored 3,539 points to earn all-conference honors by finishing among the top three. She was just 103 points off the winning score of 3,643 from Montana's Jansen Ziola. Del Hoyo started her day with a time of 8.81 in the 60-hurdles. She followed with a high jump of 5-00.50 and had a shot put of 34-02.00. The native of Manresa, Spain completed the pentathlon with a long jump of 18-05.75 and by running the 800 in 2:35.22.
Sareena Patzke placed 10th with a total of 3,259. Patzke set three career bests during the day with a time of 9.19 in the 60-hurdles, clearing 5-01.75 in the high jump and a long jump of 17-11.50.
Jette scored 2,845 points and Wagner totaled 2,826 in the first four events of the heptathlon. Portland State's Donte Robinson holds the lead heading into the final three events on Friday with 2,924 points. Noah Martin of Montana State is second with 2,857 points. Sacramento State's Andrew Stich is in 12th place with 2,611 points.
Wagner started strong by running a career-best 7.10 in the 60-meter dash which was the second fastest in the meet. Stich ran 7.27 and Jette crossed the line in 7.32 as all three were among the top eight in the event and set their personal indoor record as well. Wagner continued to set career bests in the long jump with a leap of 21-11.75. Jette added a mark of 21-06.25 and Stich finish at 20-10.75.
Jette made his move in the shot put as his distance of 39-08.75 was the longest in the meet. The put was just off his career best of 40-00.00 which came at last season's indoor championships. Stich easily set his career best in the event with a put of 38-02.75 which was tied for the second best during the day. Wagner finished at 37-02.25 for 566 points.
The trio rounded out their day in the high jump where Jette cleared 6-04.25 to lead the team. Wagner was successful at 6-00.75 to set a career best and Stich had a best of 5-08.00.
The main program of the meet will begin on Friday and continue through Saturday afternoon. Sacramento State will be represented by 25 men and 26 women over the two days. The women were picked second and the men were tabbed third in the preseason coaches poll as both teams trailed the host Lumberjacks.
Sacramento State enters the meet with 17 marks ranked among the top five in the league during the regular season. Del Hoyo and Jelaia Jones are both seeded among the top five in multiple events. Along with the pentathlon, Del Hoyo is fourth in the triple jump (38-06.25) and fifth in the 60-hurdles (8.85). Jones is second in the shot put (47-03.00) and fourth in the weight throw (57-07.75). Just ahead of Jelaia Jones in the weight throw is teammate Morgan Jones who owns a best of 58-11.50.
Danielle Brandon heads to Flagstaff with the best pole vault in the Big Sky. The senior cleared 13-04.25 at the New Mexico Classic and is 2.5 inches ahead of North Dakota's Kyley Foster who is second in the league. Last season, Brandon placed second at the conference indoor and outdoor championships. She was the Big Sky outdoor champion in 2016 and placed second indoors that same season.
Freshman Brittany Patterson triple jumped 39-05.00 at the New Mexico Classic and has remained the Big Sky leader for the rest of the year. Patterson is one of three Big Sky athletes to surpass 39 feet during the year and has a 1.75 inch edge of the next closest mark.
On the men's side, Cory Barger, Jah Strange and Kyle Peterson are second in the long jump, triple jump and weight throw, respectively. Barger jumped 24-03.75 during the season which places him two inches behind Idaho's Kasin Pendergrass Anderson for the top distance in the league. Strange set the school record at 51-03.50 at the New Mexico Classic but saw his conference leading mark passed by Keshin McGee of Eastern Washington who jumped 51-09.75 a week later. Peterson threw 61-11.00 at the Husky Classic during the final weekend of the regular season. That distance made him one of three in the conference to throw over 61 feet.
Andre Lindsey, who won the 110-hurdles title at last season's outdoor meet, will look to complete the career double in the 60-hurdles. Lindsey is seeded third with a best of 8.01 at the Bronco Invite. The regular season leader was Khalil Dorsey of NAU who ran an adjusted time of 7.91.
Another conference champion is Darius Armstead who finished first in the triple jump at the Big Sky indoor and outdoor meets a year ago. Armstead had an indoor best of 51-02.75 to win the championship last season but has not competed this year due to injury.
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