DEL HOYO FINISHES SECOND IN HEPTATHLON, TWO HORNETS SCORE IN BOTH MULTI EVENTS AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

DEL HOYO FINISHES SECOND IN HEPTATHLON, TWO HORNETS SCORE IN BOTH MULTI EVENTS AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

MOSCOW, Idaho — Emilia Del Hoyo earned all-Big Sky honors after placing second in the heptathlon and all four Sacramento State multi-event student-athletes scored points for the team at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday.

Del Hoyo scored a career high 4,951 points to finish second overall and move into seventh place in Sacramento State history. Freshman Sareena Patzke also set a career best with 4,742 points to finish in fourth place and record the 10th highest total by a Hornet. The pair combined to score 13 points for the team in the heptathlon.

Sacramento State also had a pair of scorers in the decathlon as Frederick Wagner V finished fifth and Max Jette placed sixth for a combined seven points. Wagner scored 6,388 points while Jette finished with 6,221.

Del Hoyo made her move early on Wednesday, as she recorded the best long jump among the field. The senior had a mark of 19-00.75 which was seven inches ahead of the closest competitor. It was also also the longest of her career breaking her long of 18-10.00 set in 2016. She then threw the javelin 93-11 and ended the heptathlon by running the 800 in 2:25.67.

Patzke ranked among the top five in each of three events on Wednesday. She opened with a long jump of 17-08.25 which easily surpassed her previous career best 17-04.75. Her javelin throw of 106-08 shattered her career long of 97-00 and she also set a career best in the 800 with a time of 2:26.66 (previous best of 2:28.05).

Wagner ran a career-best 17.07 in the 110-hurdles to start his morning. He followed with a discus throw of 94-03 before jumping a few spots in the standings over the next three events. He cleared 12-06.00 in the pole vault and had a javelin throw of 150-01 which ranked fifth in both events. He wrapped up the competition by running 4:52.42 in the 1500.

Jette ranked as one of the best decathletes in four of the five events during the day but his quest to defend his Big Sky title and earn his fourth straight all-conference honor was derailed in the pole vault. The senior ran 15.08 in the 110-hurdles and threw the discus 110-01 which moved him into third place overall. He passed on the first 13 heights in the pole vault, opting to come in at 13-09.75 but failed to clear the par on his three attempts. Despite not scoring a point in the pole vault, Jette continued to battle with a javelin throw of 154-11 and running 4:36.05 in the 1500 which placed him fourth in each event. Those efforts allowed him to move into the top eight and score valuable points for the team.

The decathlon was won by Portland State junior Donte Robinson who scored 7,307 points. Montana State's Mason Storm and Caleb Neth finished second and third, respectively, to give the Bobcats the team lead heading into the main program.

Idaho State scored 16 points in the heptathlon and are currently in first place. The Bengals were led by freshman Ashley VanVleet who won the event with a total of 5,105. Shayla Henderson placed third at 4,848.

The main program will get underway on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer. The first running event will be the prelims of the men's 1500 at 1:30 p.m. The competition will conclude with most track event finals on Friday.

HEPTATHLON STANDINGS
3. Ashley VanVleet, ISU - 5105
2. Emilia Del Hoyo, SAC - 4951
3. Shayla Henderson, ISU - 4848
4. Sareena Patzke, SAC - 4742
5. Jaree Mane, UM - 4626
7. Kristen O'Handley, PSU - 4578
8. Katie Baxter, PSU - 4565
9. Jentry Skidmore, SUU - 4474
10. Jessica Linde, EWU - 4319
11. McKenna McGrath, UNC - 4305
12. Jenna Dukovcic, UM - 4243
13. Jazmin Wilberg, MSU - 4037
14. Cierra Kohlman, EWU, 3732
DNF. Brianna VanVleet, ISU
DNF. Hannah Coburn, UM
          DECATHLON STANDINGS
1. Donte Robinson, PSU - 7307
2. Mason Storm, MSU - 7161
3. Caleb Neth, MSU - 6749
4. Josh Riley, UM - 6678
5. Frederick Wagner V, SAC - 6388
6. Max Jette, SAC - 6221
7. Erik Ostrom, SUU - 6168
8. Quintin Porterfield, EWU, 6038
9. Caleb Whitney, WSU - 6037
10. Forrest Wallace, EWU - 5657
DNF. Grant Whitcutt, UM
DNF. James Rodeman, ISU
DNF. Morgan Eitel, UM
DNF. Tim Ankenman, ISU
DNF. Josh Pillath, UND