NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Central
Utah Valley's Michael McPherson placed 16th in the decathlon, earning second team all-American honors.
McPherson scored 7,272 points, second most in Wolverine history.
Idaho's Matt Sullivan placed 22nd in the pole vault on the first day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Utah Valley's Michael McPherson sits in 13th place in the decathlon after five events.
On his third attempt, Sullivan cleared a height of 16-8.75(5.10m). The junior came up short on his next effort at a height of 17-2.75 (5.25m), concluding the meet in 22nd place with a final height of 16-8.75 (5.10m).
McPherson, a junior who became UVU's first-ever student-athlete to compete in the NCAA Track & Field Championships on Wednesday, will enter Thursday's final five events with 3,912 points. The Wolverine decathlete won the 400-meter dash as well as placed second in the 100m on his way to the 3,912 points.
Despite being in 13th after five events, McPherson will enter day two just 133 points out of cracking the top eight and 331 back of the leader.
The decathlon will conclude from the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field on Thursday. The day will open at 11 a.m. PT with the 110m hurdles. The discus will then follow at noon PT while the pole vault will take place at 2 p.m. PT, the javelin at 4:30 p.m. PT and the 1500m run close the decathlon at 7 p.m. PT.
Utah Valley's Michael McPherson and Idaho's Matt Sullivan will represent the WAC at the 2014 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week. The meet will run Wednesday-Saturday at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.
McPherson will begin the compete in the decathlon on Wednesday and Thursday. He enters the meet with the 20th best mark in the nation. McPherson earned his qualification at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The decathlon begins at 12:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday and 12:00 p.m. MT on Thursday.
Sullivan will compete in the men's pole vault on Wednesday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT. Sullivan quaified in 22nd position after the West Regional, but is ranked only .1 meter behind the national leaders.
The Championships will be broadcast on ESPN3 on Wednesday and Thursday, before coverage switches over to ESPNU for Friday and Saturday.