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Mattson captures Mountain West heptathlon title

CLOVIS, Calif. -- The first completed event of the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships went to Fresno State as heptathlete Jestena Mattson provided the Bulldogs with 10 points on Day 2 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. With a school-record 5,511 points, the junior captured the program's fourth conference title in the heptathlon, and first in the Mountain West. Her total surpassed Felicia Brown's mark of 5,486 which was set in the 1996.

The medal was Mattson's second in the heptathlon after finishing third in Logan, Utah at the 2017 championships. It was her third overall medal in the multi-events which includes the 2017 indoor pentathlon crown.

Heading into day two of the competition, Mattson held a 73-point lead which only increased after placing first in the long jump, her second event win. The Bulldog just missed a personal best in the event, hitting the sand at 6.00m/19'-8.25" to score 850 points.

Mattson's toughest event came in the javelin as she placed sixth, scoring 527 points with a mark of 32.66m/107'-2".

Heading into the final event, the Bulldog held a comfortable 111-point lead, which for one of the top 800-meter runners in the field, seemed insurmountable for other competitors. Clocking a time of 2:21.56, Mattson did what she needed to do, collecting 802 points as she placed fourth.

The Parkdale, Oregon native finished the heptathlon with a 109-point cushion. Her 5,511 points currently places her No. 21 in the NCAA. The top 24 scores nationally in the heptathlon advance to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Fresno State Media Services

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