Saturday, May 5, 2012

Michael Bolligar of WSU in third at halfway point of Pac-12 multi-events competition...

EUGENE--At the halfway point of the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships, Washington State's Michael Bolligar (left/photo courtesy Washington State University) stands in third place at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Bolligar, a junior from Peoria, Ariz., moved into third place after the fourth of the five first-day events and maintained the place with 3,737 points after the fifth event. WSU's Sean Harris, a junior from Kent, Wash., is in 11th place with a first-day total of 3,466 points.

Defending conference champion Jeremy Taiwo of the University of Washington is redshirting this season as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery after injuring his elbow in winning last year's Pac-10 title in Tuscon.

The decathlon competition is led by Oregon redshirt freshman Dakota Keys with 3,920 points, while teammate Alec Fellows, a freshman from Edmonds-Woodway High School, is in seventh at the break with 3575 points.

In the heptathlon, Washington's Shelby Williams is in tenth with 2998 points, followed closely by Washington State's Shaquana Logan at 2947 in twelfth. The Huskies' Sarah Schireman is 15th at the break with 2884 points.

Competing in her first heptathlon in nearly two years, Brianne Theisen of Oregon holds the first day lead with 3758 points, as she aims for yet another conference crown, and more importantly, the Olympic A standard of 6150 points, which combined with a top three finish in the Canadian Olympic Trials, will give her an opportunity to compete in London this summer.

Day 1 results from the Pac-12 decathlon are available here, while day 1 heptathlon results are here.

Following the conclusion of day 1 of the Pac 12 multi event championships, several Huskies and athletes with Washington connections competed in the Oregon Twilight meet.

Washington's Gianna Woodruff won the women's 400 hurdles in 1:01.42, while Ryan Hamilton won the men's 100 in a wind-aided 10.51.

Auburn Riverside alum Jordan McNamara won the men's 3000 in 8:03.68. Rainier Beach HS alum Michael Berry won the 200 in 21.24.

On the field, Spokane's Britney Henry, gunning for the Olympic A standard in the hammer, finished a disappointing second with a toss of 217-8 (66.35m).

Former Huskies took both pole vaults, as Scott Roth won the men's competition over former teammate Ryan Vu, 18-0 1/2 (5.50m) to 17-0 3/4 (5.20m), while Carly Dockendorf won the women's vault with a leap of 13-11 1/4 (4.25m).

Current Huskies then racked up a string of wins in the jumps, starting with junior Julian Bardwell, who went 23-6 ¾ (7.18m) on his fourth attempt for the victory. Senior Taylor Nichols got the win in the triple jump, going a season-best 39-8 ¾ (12.11m) on two different jumps.

Washington senior Thomas Kmett added another few inches to that mark in a win in the triple jump, as he went 47-4 ½. (14.44m) Junior Clayton Johnson was second at 47-2 ¼ (14.38m).

Complete results of the Oregon Twilight are available here.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Washington State University contributed to this report.

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