PRs by Wyatt, Wiltberger kick off RMAC Championships

PRs by Wyatt, Wiltberger kick off RMAC Championships

ThunderWolves sit in fifth place as a team after one day of events.

CHADRON, Neb. ( - Feb. 24, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo's Krista Wiltberger (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Danita Wyatt (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) each turned in personal-bests in the indoor pentathlon Friday, with Wyatt finishing second and qualifying for nationals, during the first day of the RMAC Indoor Championships at Chadron, Neb.

The duo's performance were two of four to score points for the ThunderWolves, which sat in fifth place after one day of action at the RMAC Championships.

Wyatt was solid in her second-place effort, scoring 3,344 points, besting her previous best by 107 points.  She finished high due to overall excellence over each event, despite not winning a single event outright.  She finished second in the 55 hurdles, third in the long jump (an event in which she qualified for nationals earlier this season), and didn't finish lower than eighth in each of the remaining three events.

Based on national performance lists entering this weekend, Wyatt's performance is the 22nd-best in the nation in the pentathlon this season.

As impressive as Wyatt's performance was, Wiltberger's showing may have been the story of the day for the ThunderWolves.  Entering with the second-lowest seed score of the field of 19 competing in the event, Wiltberger finished in the top eight in three of the five events, including an outstanding effort in the shot put, finishing third in that event.

With her eighth place finish, she was able to add one point to the Pack's team score, impressive when considering her low ranking entering the event.

Wyatt also scored points in the long jump, finishing fourth in the event while Holli Salazar (Jr., Hayden, Colo.) netted a sixth place finish in the weight throw.

The ThunderWolves will look to close the gap Saturday as the RMAC Indoor Championships conclude.