Friday, January 25, 2013

Sharon Day posts US leading score of 4462 to win UW Invite pentathlon...

Washington frosh
Maddie Meyers in the DMR
(Paul Merca photo)

SEATTLE--Two time US Olympic team member Sharon Day won four of five events to easily win the pentathlon competition at the UW Invitational to highlight the first day of the two-day meet.

Day won the 60 hurdles in 8.51 (1015 points), the high jump in 5-11.25 (1.81 for 991 points), the shot put at 45-3 (13.79m for 780 points), and the long jump at 19-0 1/2 (5.80m for 789 points) to easily outdistance former University of Maryland standout Kiani Profit by a healthy 4462 to 4119 count.

Day, the Cal Poly/SLO grad who followed former Mustang and Seattle Pacific coach Jack Hoyt to Los Angeles when he took the jumps/multi events position at UCLA, nearly made it a clean sweep, almost catching Profit in the final straight in the final event, the 800 meters.

Profit took the win in the 800, 2:13.96 to 2:15.43, a 907-887 count over Day.

Pending the results from meets around the USA and the world this weekend, Day's score of 4462 is the third best in the world this season, and a US leader, though the mark won't be recognized due to the Dempsey's oversized track.

UCLA's Tatum Souza was the top collegian in fourth with a final score of 3888.

Washington's Jaleecia Roland was the top Husky in 15th at 3357, with Shelby Williams one place and seven points behind.

In other events, UCLA's Dominic Giovannoni leads the heptathlon after four events with a score of 3033 over Donovan Toban of Cal State Northridge, who had 3001 at the break.

Edmonds/Woodway grad Alec Fellows, who is being redshirted by the University of Oregon stands tenth with 2728 points, while two time GNAC champ Nate Johnson of Seattle Pacific is 12th at 2490, and Joe Cerne of the University of Puget Sound 14th at 2248 points.

Washington's Jeremy Taiwo scratched out of the event after suffering a minor groin injury in practice, and was advised not to compete by the team's medical staff.

Oregon's Michael Berry, a product of Seattle's Rainier Beach HS, won the 200 in a time of 21.61.

Thanks to a 4:43 1600m leg by freshman Maddie Meyers (above/photo by Paul Merca) the Huskies finished fourth in the distance medley relay, running 11:25.72, behind two Oregon teams, and a Stanford quartet, as the UO squad of Annie Leblanc, Phyllis Francis, Laura Roesler, and Anne Kesselring nearly grabbing the meet record, running 11:02.18.

The meet resumes Saturday beginning at 8:45 am.


NOTE:  Thanks to an initiative by the UW track and field staff and the sports information office, day one of the UW Invitational was streamed online via pac-12.com and the track and field page at gohuskies.com.  The meet will be streamed on Saturday as well.

The UW also announced that the Husky Classic and the MPSF Championship meet will also be streamed online via gohuskies.com and pac-12.com.

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