Sunday, May 6, 2012
Washington State's Michael Bolligar found out about it on day two of the Pac-12 decathlon championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Bolligar, the junior from Peoria, Arizona, began the day in third place behind Oregon's Dakotah Keys and UCLA's Marcus Nilsson.
He started off by running the 110 hurdles in 16.03 for 729 points, then threw the discus 117-4 (35.77m) to score 579 points.
Competing in the second flight with the better vaulters, including Keys and Nilsson, Bolligar missed three times at the opening height of 14-1 1/4 (4.30m), worth 702 points, which knocked him out of contention.
Bolligar threw a season best of 154-11 (47.21m) in the javelin for 547 points, then finished up the day running the 1500 in 4:46.74 for 638 points.
Keys took the Pac-12 title with a final score of 7793 points, while Nilsson finished second at 7539.
Oregon freshman Alec Fellows, the Edmonds-Woodway HS product, finished eighth, scoring 6815 points.
Washington State teammate Sean Harris finished in eleventh with a final score of 6614, while Bolligar dropped all the way down to 16th with 6230 points after the mishap in the poie vault.
In the heptathlon, University of Washington sophomore Shelby Williams and junior Sarah Schireman each scored personal bests.
Williams posted the No. 4 mark in Husky history with a score of 4,875 points, and Schireman set the No. 7 mark with 4,814 points. It wasn't quite enough to earn team points, as the two finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in a very deep field. Nearly 5,100 points were needed just to place eighth.
Williams had personal-bests in each of the final three events today. She went 17-5 ¼ (5.31m) in the long jump, then threw 91-11 (28.01m) in the javelin. She then finished seventh in the final 800-meters run in a PR of 2:22.25.
Schireman started with a long jump of 18-4 ½ (5.60m), placing seventh. She then had a season-best javelin toss of 94-feet, 4-inches (28.76m), and closed out with a personal-best 2:25.66 in the 800-meters.
Washington State's Shaquana Logan, a junior from Tacoma, scored 4,647 points for 14th place. Logan long jumped 18-8 (5.69m), threw the javelin a lifetime-best distance of 78-3 (23.86m), and ran the 800m in a time of 2:29.41.
Oregon's Brianne Theisen won her third conference title, scoring 6353 points, the third best score in collegiate history, and broke the conference meet record of 6307 points set by Arizona State's Jacqueline Johnson.
Not only did she move up the collegiate ranks, Theisen's score was the second-highest in Canadian history and leads the world so far in 2012. Most importantly for her chances to make Team Canada this summer, she easily met the Olympic "A" standard of 6,150 points.
The Pac-12 conference meet resumes Saturday and Sunday at Hayward Field. paulmerca.blogspot.com will have meet coverage from Eugene.
Complete results of the Pac-12 Multi-Events championships are available here.
NOTE: The sports information offices of the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Pac-12 Conference contributed to this report.
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