Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Seattle Pacific alum Chris Randolph wins decathlon at Sam Adams Multi Events meet, while Ali Worthen gets NCAA AQ...

SANTA BARBARA, California--Seattle Pacific alum Chris Randolph (left/photo courtesy Thorpe Cup) briefly lost the lead, but won two of five events on the day to finish first in the decathlon competition with a final score of 7840 points at the Sam Adams Multi-Events meet at Westmont College.

While Randolph's score is a mere 60 points from the automatic qualifying standard for this June's US Olympic Trials in Eugene, it puts him in a very solid position to get him a spot to compete, as he's easily over the 7600 point provisional standard.

After finishing third in the 110 hurdles in 15.13 and losing the lead to Oregon's Dakotah Keys, Randolph turned around and won the discus with a toss of 142-2 (43.34m). He finished strong in the pole vault, clearing 15-1 (4.60m), then won the javelin with a throw of 211-0 (64.32m), then finished second in the 1500 in 4:27.61.

Keys finished second with a final score of 7682 points.

Oregon freshman Alec Fellows from Edmonds finished sixth with 6820 points. Seattle Pacific's Nate Johnson got his NCAA D2 provisional qualifying mark in ninth with 6537 points.

Washington State's two entries, Michael Bolligar, and Sean Harris, struggled mightily, as Bolligar was tenth with 6051, after garnering no points in the hurdles, while his Cougar teammate didn't clear a height in the pole vault, and didn't run the 1500.

In the women's heptathlon, Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen nailed down an automatic qualifying mark for this June's NCAA Division II championships in Pueblo, Colorado, finishing fifth with a personal best score of 5071 points, as 2008 US Olympian Sharon Day took the win with a final score of 6337 points.

Falcon teammate Katy Gross was eighth with a score of 4513 points.

Worthen got off to a solid start by going 18 feet, 11 ½ inches in the long jump. That in itself was an NCAA provisional qual distance and tied for second place overall in that event. She followed it up with a sub par performance in the javelin, throwing only 96-11 (29.55m).

That left her needing 754 points in the 800, and a time of 2:25.25 or faster to get the NCAA D2 auto score of 5069 points.

Her 800 time of 2:25.08 got her a fourth place finishing time of 2:25.08, worth 756 points.

"I was kind of nervous because the javelin hadn't gone the way I wanted it to,” Worthen said. “I knew I wanted to get over 5,000 points.”

Complete results from the Sam Adams Multi-Events meet are available here.

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