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Wyoming athlete wins MWC decathlon

May 16, 2014 - From staff reports

Junior Kyle Sullivan wasn't flashy during Thursday's decathlon at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Championships, but he was solid and that proved to be enough for the University of Wyoming Cowboy to take home the victory. Sullivan tallied 6,776 points during the day's final five events at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex to become the first Cowboy to win the event at the conference meet since 1999.

"Kyle realized an opportunity was in front of him and you could see he wasn't going to let that pass him up, especially in front of his home crowd," UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke said. "Conference isn't about setting personal bests, but he did in the hurdles and the pole vault and was close in the discus and javelin. He competed with confidence today and knew that he could do well. I hope he enjoys this to the fullest because being a conference champion is a difficult task and being a conference champion on your home track is an once-in-a-lifetime experience."

A native of Powell, Wyo., Sullivan entered the day sitting third overall, but quickly jumped to first with a personal-best 14.81 in the 110-meter hurdles to win the event. He slipped to second after finishing third in the discus with a throw of 115-7.

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