Sunday, August 9, 2009

Chris Randolph finishes Thorpe Cup in seventh...

MARBURG, Germany--Seattle Pacific University graduate Chris Randolph (left/photo courtesy Kenny Beele-www.zehnkampfteam.de) finished seventh in the Thorpe Cup decathlon dual meet competition between Team USA and Germany that concluded Sunday at Georg-Gassmann-Stadion.

2003 world champion Tom Pappas won the competition with a meet record score of 8569 points, the second best mark in the world this year, to help lead Team USA to a 39,462-35,927 (combined scores of each team's top 5 finishers) victory over the host nation.

Randolph, who finished fourth in the USA Championships in late June in Eugene, posted a score of 7434 points.

Randolph ran the 110 hurdles in 15.10 seconds, worth 837 points, threw the discus 36.26 m/119-0 for 589 points, pole vaulted 4.95 m/16-2.75 for 895 points, threw the javelin 54.56m/179-0 for 656 points, then finished the day by running the 1500 meters in 4:39.27 for 685 points.

In the accompanying heptathlon, Washington State University alumnus Julie Pickler, a non-scoring guest participant, finished the day with a final score of 5549 points.

Julie long jumped 5.62 m/18-5.25 for 735 points, then threw the javelin 39.23m/128-8 for 653 points, then concluded the competition with a 2:22.65 clocking in the 800 meters for 788 points.

In her final preparation for next weekend's heptathlon competition at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Julie's twin sister Diana, the reigning USA national champion, participated in two events in Sunday's competition, the long jump, and the javelin, where she leaped 6.09m/19-11.75, and threw the javelin 45.89m/150-6.

Complete results from the Thorpe Cup can be accessed here (in German).

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