SAN DIEGO -- BYU Freshman Maret Komarova turned in a strong performance during the second day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships to record a second-place finish in the heptathlon, while junior Dan Parkinson turned in a personal best to finish third in the decathlon.
Komarova finished second in the long jump and won the javelin to finish the day with 5,146 points and picked up eight team points for the Cougars. Senior Kirsten Bolm, who was on pace for the nation's best mark in the heptathlon after day one, withdrew from the competition after failing to record a legal mark in the long jump. Bolm had been nursing a sore back and elected to withdraw in order to prepare for the open events on Friday and Saturday.
"Kirsten was on pace to do some amazing things," head coach Craig Poole said. "We're disappointed for her and we'll work with her to get her ready for the hurdles and long jump on Friday. However, Maret, who is only a freshman, did a great job and picked up some valuable points for us. She's only going to get better and better."
Parkinson recorded a personal best in the decathlon, recording 6,591 points -- 72 points better than his previous best. Parkinson won the javelin and turned in strong performances in the discus, pole vault and 100-meter hurdles. Colorado State senior Doug Crumb won the event with a mark of 6,782, followed by senior Kurt Duffy from the Air Force, who produced 6,652 points.
"Dan did a nice job today," head coach Mark Robison said. "It's encouraging to see him do so well and know, with another year to go, he's only going to get better."
For a complete schedule and results for the 2001 MWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, please visit the Mountain West Conference website at: http://mountainwestconf.fansonly.com/sports/c-track/stats/051601.html