Boise State senior Megan Olivetti finished a surprising third in the pentathlon, the opening event of the Western Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships tonight in Nampa. Olivetti finished first in the final event of the pentathlon, the 800 meters, beating Idaho's Lindsay Goodman by 67/100th's of a second.
Olivetti has not competed in the pentathlon this entire season, and thus gave Boise State an unexpected six points in the event. Hawai'i's Annett Wichmann won her third straight pentathlon at the WAC Championships with an NCAA provisional mark of 4,034 points. Goodman was second with 3,619 and Olivetti finished with 3,600. Idaho sophomore Darcy Collins finished a disappointing fourth with a score of 3,506, 191 points below her season best. Two Idaho athletes who were expected to score points, Alice Draser and Molly Burt, did not compete in the event. Hawai'i senior Mallory Gilbert, who was projected to finish second, also did not compete tonight.
The scratches subtracted five points from Hawai'i's projected score and three from Idaho. The women's standings after one event show Hawai'i and Idaho with 15 points each, Boise State with 6, Nevada with 2 and Utah State with 1.
Action resumes tomorrow at 1:30 at Jackson's Track in Nampa.