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Colorado State’s Josh Cogdill and Jerrell Mock won individual titles in the decathlon and the 10,000 meters, respectively, on Thursday at Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Ralph Maughan Track Stadium.
Cogdill finished with a final score of 7,508, making him a likely NCAA Championships qualifier. The senior from Longmont, Colo., is the first athlete in Mountain West history to win the conference title in the decathlon in three consecutive seasons. Cogdill’s total of 7,508 ranks fifth in Mountain West history.
Cogdill led for the first seven events of the decathlon but found himself behind by four points after the pole vault. Cogdill responded with a personal-best mark of 197-7 (60.23m) in the javelin, the best at the meet by over 10 feet, and placed second in the 1,500 meters (4:48.22) to seal his third title.
Mock, who is a native of Logan, Utah, followed with a win in the 10,000 meters, becoming CSU’s first individual champion in the men’s 10,000 meters. Mock clocked a time of 31:03.59, while Grant Fischer followed in second place with a time of 31:10.08. Both times were well under the previous facility record of 31:39.48, which was set by Brian McKenna (Utah State) in 2009. McKenna Spillar followed with a time of 36:37.93 in the women’s 10,000 meters and a third-place finish.
Gabby Smith finished her second career heptathlon with a ninth-place finish on Thursday. Smith, who had only competed in the pole vault prior to this season, closed her day with a second-place finish in the 800 meters (2:20.69) and a sixth-place finish in the javelin (110-4/33.64m). Nick Kravec, who was third in the decathlon for the majority of the meet, placed sixth in the decathlon despite being unable to finish the 1,500 meters (illness).
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