May 12, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's Jesseka Jones stood in second place as the first day of competition concluded at the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Jim Mize Track Facility in Ruston.
Of the four events in the first day of the seven-event competition, Jones won the two running events - the 100m hurdles and the 200m dash despite extremely windy conditions on the track Wednesday.
"The wind is just not on my side right now," Jones said after the day's events. " I'm so small, but sometimes the wind gets behind me, so that's great. I've never really competed in the outdoor for the heptathlon so this will be something I'll never forget."
Jones started the heptathlon competition strong by winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.96 with Nevada's April Pate following with a time of 14.17.
In the second event, Jones dropped to second place overall after tying for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5' 2.25". Jones threw a season-best 33' 6.5" in the shot but fell to third. However, her winning 200m time of 24.38 vaulted her back into second place of the heptathlon overall to conclude the first day of competition.
In the men's decathlon, Boise State's Kurt Felix finished the day with a lead in the 10-event competition, scoring 4,004 points. Utah State's Philip Noble is in second with 3,609 points and Fresno State's Matt Bushnell is in third with 3,493 points.
The heptathlon and decathlon competition concludes on Thursday with action beginning at 1 p.m. Heptathletes will compete in the long jump, javelin throw and 800m run while decathletes will compete in the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500m run.
"I hope to get a PR in the javelin," Jones said. "That's the main event I've been focusing on. In the long jump I hope to jump 19 feet and take the competition by storm. Then the 800m I just have to run all out until I puke."
The main throwing events and prelims of the running events take place on Friday with throwing events starting at 12:30 p.m. and running events beginning at 3 p.m. Live event results can be found at LATechSports.com.
The Louisiana Tech women's team is looking to win their sixth consecutive outdoor title while the men's team has its best chance in years of winning its first WAC title.
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