POCATELLO, Idaho – Eliana Coburn finished third after the first four events of the pentathlon to lead the Sacramento State four multi-athletes at the Big Sky Track and Field Championships on Wednesday in Idaho State.

Coburn totaled 3,016 points in her four events, leaving her by an impressive distance of Idaho State’s Brianna Hagler (3,243) and Northern Arizona’s Madeline Wilson (3,128). However, the three athletes were 100 points behind Coburn, creating a crowded standings. The freshman started the meeting by running the 100 hurdles in a career-best 14.48 seconds. She was followed by a 5-03.25 in the high jump and then a 35-07.75 bet to establish PR in both events. Coburn ended the day with a 200 of 26.30 wind-backed.

Abby Sheets in eighth place after the first day with 2,515 points. Sheets establishes a 100H personal best after running 17.64. She finished her PR with a 5-03.25 high jump before placing a shot at 36-09.75. The freshman then ran 200 in 27.98.

The pentathlon ends on Thursday with the long jump, javelin and 800.

The Hornet is also represented by a pair of freshmen in the pentathlon. Jack Charlton in ninth place with 3,151 points and Joshua Braun 12th with 2,991 Idaho State’s Chase Gardom holds the lead in the midpoint of the pentathlon with 3,726 points. Second and third places are separated by just one point, with Caleb Whitney of Weber State at 3,650 and Quintin Porterfield of East Washington at 3,649.

Both Charlton and Braun are competing in pentathlons for the first time in their college careers and have debuted in several events. Charlton ran 100 in 11.43 before the long jump 21-00.75. He had a shot put of 38-05.00 but was able to advance one place after each of his last two events with a high jump of 5-06.00 and a 400 time of 55.46.

Braun started the day by running 11.54 in 100 and then established his career best run with the 21-04.00 long jump. A 28-06.25 bet was then followed by him scoring 5-03.00 in the high jump and then running 53.05 in the 400.

The final five events of the pentathlon on Thursday will be the surprise of 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500.

The main show of the Big Sky Championships will take place on Friday and Saturday.

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