Wyatt finishes second, breaks school record in heptathlon debut

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com) - CSU-Pueblo's resident jumper extraordinaire, Danita Wyatt (Jr., Aurora, Colo.), tried her hand at the heptathlon for the first time this weekend and hit it out of the park in her first try, breaking a school record and finishing second at the CSU-Pueblo Combined Events meet Friday.

Wyatt compiled 4,171 points, relying on her money events of the long jump and the 200-meter dash to pad her points.  But she still came 150 points shy of the heptathlon title, which was claimed by Chadron State's Stacee Craig.  But she was able to break the CSU-Pueblo school record, previously held by Jasmine Rollins, who had 4,098 points at the 2010 RMAC Championships. 

Two other ThunderWolves also battled hard, netting the Pack plenty of team points.  Krista Wiltberger (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), also a jumper by trade, was in third place in the 10-athlete heptathlon until the final event, the 800-meter run, which she finished last and dropped all the way down to fifth.

Stephanie Dufford (Jr., Indian Hills, Colo.) finished eighth, including a second-place finish in the 800-meter.

All told, the ThunderWolves racked up 13 team points, which ties them with Chadron State going into the CSU-Pueblo Invitational, which begins Saturday at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.