Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weekend roundup: May 9-10...

PAC-10 Multi-Events

Husky freshman Jeremy Taiwo made quite an impression in his first completed decathlon, as the Renton, Wash. native placed third at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships, which wrapped up Sunday at Oregon's Hayward Field.

Taiwo, a graduate of Newport High, picked up six points for the Huskies heading into the main Pac-10 Championships which take place next Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, also at Hayward Field.

An All-American indoors in the heptathlon, Taiwo had only attempted one previous decathlon and was unable to finish due to a nagging injury. Today, not only did he finish the two-day endurance test, but he posted one of the best scores in the NCAA this season and in Husky history.

Taiwo finished with 7,299 points, placing just behind Oregon's Marshall Ackley, who was second with 7,337, and Oregon's Ashton Eaton, the 2008 NCAA Champion in the event, who scored 8,091. Taiwo trailed Ackley by just eight points heading into the final event, the 1,500m run, but Ackley took second in the event to Taiwo's third-place finish to hold off the rookie.

Sophomore Andrew Ferleman, also a Newport High grad and a Bellevue native, posted a significant personal-best as well today with 6,357 points. That was nearly 300 points higher than his previous best. Ferleman finished 10th overall.

On the women's side, senior Liz Fuller just barely missed out on scoring points for the Dawgs in the heptathlon, as she placed ninth with 4,844 points. Eighth-place was just 37 points out of reach.

Fuller, out of Vancouver, Wash., missed her career-best heptathlon score by just one point. A fifth-place showing in the shot put was her best single event finish.

For Washington State, Angela Jensen, a sophomore from Tacoma, had personal-best marks in the final three heptathlon events Sunday and finished 10th overall with a lifetime-best of 4,842 points.

In the decathlon, Kyle Schauble, a junior from Kennewick, tallied 6,556 points for ninth place while freshman Sean Harris, from Kent, earned a PR of 6,231 points for 11th place.

OREGON TWILIGHT

Former University of Washington standout Ryan Brown finished third in the 800 meters Saturday at the Oregon Twilight meet in Eugene.

Brown, now competing for Asics, ran 1:48.54 behind the winning time of 1:47.63 by Kevin Hicks of the Oregon TC Elite.

Another former Husky, Bruce Jackson, finished ninth in that race in 1:49.97.

In the discus, former Husky and Olympic Trials finalist Will Conwell was third in 189-4 (57.70m).

The Oregon Twilight was highlighted by the Ducks' squad of Matthew Centrowitz, Andrew Wheating, Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, and Galen Rupp breaking the collegiate record of 16:04.54 in the 4 x 1 mile relay set by Michigan in 2005, and the Hayward Field record of 16:05.0 set by the Oregon TC in 1968.

Nike's Jesse Williams, a 2008 US Olympian, cleared 7-8 (2.34m) to win the men's high jump.

Complete results from the Pac-10 multi-events, and the Oregon Twilight meet can be accessed through this link, which takes you to the University of Oregon track team's home page.

In other news, pole vaulter Brad Walker, who was originally listed on the start list at the Osaka Grand Prix meet on Saturday, did not make the trip to Japan.

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