Wilson breaks into BYU all-time record board in pentathlon

(Photo by BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ­– Junior multi-athlete Elizabeth Wilson made her way onto BYU’s all-time record board Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., with a third-place finish in the pentathlon with 3,762 points.

Wilson currently ranks eighth on the pentathlon all-time record board and ninth in the nation. She also recorded lifetime bests in the shot put (13.35 meters) and long jump (5.86m).

“Elizabeth did a remarkable job tonight showing our younger athletes how to perform in an enormous field of competitors,” assistant coach Corey Murdock said. “Having her break into the top 10 on our all-time record board is a huge accomplishment for her. Even after we had one of our athletes go down with a knee injury, she and the others were able to finish strong.”

Joining Wilson in the pentathlon was freshman Brie Simmons who finished fifth overall with 3,372 points recording lifetime bests in the 60-meter hurdles (8.97 seconds), shot put (9.53m) and long jump (5.56m).

Other freshman who competed in their first collegiate pentathlon were Siale Vaitohi, who finished 11th overall with 3,209 points, and Shea Taylor. Taylor withdrew from the competition during the high jump, only the second event, due to a knee injury.

Competition for the Air Force Invitational will continue Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. MST with the women’s pole vault.

Results from the women's pentathlon can be found here.